UW Medicine Newsroom’s 21 most-viewed stories in 2021

News Release

December 31, 2021
For immediate release

UW Medicine Newsroom’s 21 most-viewed stories in 2021

While pandemic news drove visits, advances in other areas of medicine and biomedical science also piqued interest.

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Leila Gray, 206.475.9809, leilag@uw.edu

tNot unexpectedly, scientific and clinical advances at UW Medicine against the coronavirus pandemic generated the greatest UW Medicine Newsroom views in 2021.  The most-viewed items this past year did, however, also include UW Medicine developments in cancer, brain, HIV and drug overdose research.

The UW Medicine Newsroom received more than 1.366 million unique page views in 2021.  The site carries news releases, blog features and news video resources geared to journalists, as well as an ongoing list of the latest media coverage.

The public site also attracts a general audience, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, of people seeking news and commentary in medicine, biomedical and basic science research, consumer health, and the education of the next generation of health professionals and scientists.


Here, in rank order, were the most-viewed items for 2021:

  1. COVID-19 mortality linked to signs easily measured at home  Nona Sotoodehnia, Neal Chatterjee/UW Medicine Heart Institute
  2. Have allergies? Worried about COVID-19 vaccination? Don’t be. Doug Paauw/General Internal Medicine
  3. Epsilon variant mutations contribute to COVID immune evasion  David Veesler, Lexi Walls, Matthew McCallum/Biochemistry
  4. COVID-19 vaccines well-tolerated during pregnancy, study shows  Linda Eckert/Obstetrics & Gynecology
  5. The end of hydroxychloroquine treatment for COVID-19  Christine Johnston/Allergy & Infectious Diseases
  6. COVID-19 spike proteins may cause neurological issues William Banks/Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
  7. Rapid antigen test less sensitive than standard lab COVID-19 test Alex Greninger/Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
  8. Scientists identify antibodies that can neutralize Omicron  David Veesler/Biochemistry
  9. COVID-19 during pregnancy has high mortality rate Michael Gravett, LaVone Simmons/Obstetrics & Gynecology
  10. Research strongly suggests COVID-19 virus enters brain William Banks/Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
  11. New drug class gives hope to some ovarian cancer patients Elizabeth Swisher/Obstetrics & Gynecology
  12. Johnson & Johnson vaccine arrives at UW Medicine Jennifer Brackett/UWMC-Northwest
  13. Importance of vaccines during COVID-19 pandemic John Lynch/Allergy & Infectious Diseases
  14. Chronic sinus inflammation appears to alter brain activity Aria Jafari/Otolaryngology
  15. Clinic treats local COVID-19 long-haulers  Aaron Bunnell/Rehabilitation Medicine
  16. Volunteers sought for trial of COVID-19 vaccine booster Anna Wald/Allergy & Infectious Diseases
  17. UW Medicine opens COVID-19 vaccination site in Shoreline  Cynthia Dodd/Clinical Operations
  18. Could leak in blood brain barrier cause poor memory?  William Banks/Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
  19. Pregnant?  Consider taking COVID-19 vaccine Linda Eckert/Obstetrics & Gynecology
  20. New test better detects reservoir of virus in HIV patients Florian Hladik/Obstetrics & Gynecology; Keith Jerome/Virology
  21. Fentanyl’s growth among overdoses studied Caleb Banta-Green/Psychiatry


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