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Medical myth busting: Separating fact from fiction about colds and flu

We ask an infection prevention expert to bust myths and offer tips on staying healthy during cold and flu season

Nov. 16, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

With flu season approaching and cold season already well underway, we asked Dr. Steve Pergam, an assistant member of Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and director of infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, to offer tips on how to stay healthy – and, failing that – how not to infect others when germs are on the march.

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Scientists who tweet

3 Fred Hutch researchers talk about getting #science out into the world, 140 characters at a time

March 11, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

A growing number of scientists are using Twitter to gather and deliver information as broadly and quickly as possible.

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Researching your cancer online: dive in or steer clear?

Some patients feel control over disease by scouring Web; others stoke hope by staying off Internet

Feb. 10, 2016 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

Hard truths or happy answers live at the fingertips of most cancer patients and survivors – typical treatment miseries, prognosis odds, recurrence risks. To dig or not to dig: that is the question. And if you opt to shovel online, where do you hunt? How deep do you go?

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After chemotherapy, immune system recovery may be slower than believed

Chemo weakens the immune system for up to nine months, especially in smokers, one study finds

Jan. 26, 2016 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

A small observational study out of the U.K. of breast cancer patients found that certain types of chemotherapy can weaken part of the immune system for up to nine months after treatment.

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Cannabis and cancer: More patients going public with pot passions and practices

But some doctors voice concerns about safety, risks of Rx weed

July 17, 2015 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

More cancer patients and survivors seem to be asking doctors about medical marijuana - or opening up about using cannabis to ease effects of the disease and its treatments.

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When the doctor is the patient

A kidney transplant and a cancer diagnosis helped shape the career of infection-control expert Steve Pergam

March 23, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

As director of infection control at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and an infectious disease researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Steve Pergam works to protect a subset of people who are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases: cancer patients.

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