Dr. Arno G. Motulsky, a global pioneer in human genetics, died Jan. 17 in Seattle at the age of 94. Through his research, writing and mentoring, he helped create and define the field of medical genetics.
If Kayla Radovich grew up in the wild, Mother Nature would make sure her eyes grew at a normal rate. But the 11-year-old from Edmonds, Washington, has been an avid reader since she was a toddler and is growing up as a screenager.
Dr. Eduardo Mendez, a UW Medicine surgical oncologist and Fred Hutch researcher known for extraordinary talent and compassion with patients, died Jan. 5 with family at his side. He was 45 and had battled cancer himself for two years.
Every year, medical errors cause an estimated 250,000 inpatient deaths in the United States, and communications failures during patient handoffs are a root cause for one-third of them, say medical governing bodies such as the Joint Commission.