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HPV vaccination and risk of MS

Pavle Repovic, MD, PhD
As long as the cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) remains unknown, it will be tempting – for patients and doctors alike – to search for an explanation among events that occurred before the diagnosis. This approach, known from antiquity as post hoc, ergo propter hoc (after the fact, therefore because of the fact), though sometimes successful, can also be misleading. History of science in general, and multiple sclerosis in particular, is rife with such fallacies. It is important to remember then, that this approach is best thought of as “brainstorming”, generating potential leads, but (almost) never the definitive proof.

Feeding peanut to infants decreases the risk of peanut allergy

Kevin Dooms, MD

Kevin Dooms, MD
Allergist/Immunologist

This week an important new study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that infants and toddlers exposed to peanut at a young age have a significantly lower risk of developing peanut allergy.

The study took place at King’s College in London, and involved 640 infants at high risk for developing peanut allergy (infants who already had severe eczema or egg allergy). Starting as early as 4 months of age, half of the babies in the study began eating peanut on a regular basis.  The other half of babies completely avoided peanut until they were 5.

When the children in the study reached their fifth birthday, researchers compared the rates of peanut allergy in the two groups:

Health Consequences Associated With Untreated Hearing Loss

Kathryn Samaniego
As research continues in the area of untreated hearing loss more and more findings show that it is not worth it to wait to do something about hearing deficits.  Current research is showing correlations between untreated hearing loss and dementia, depression, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as increased mortality.

A study published in the Archives of Neurology on February 14, 2011 found that hearing loss was associated with dementia (all causes).  They noted that the greater the hearing loss the more at risk a person was for dementia.  Additionally, they noted that for individuals in their study over the age of sixty, more than one-third of the subjects with risk of dementia had associated hearing loss.  One reason that may support these findings would be the exhausting of cognitive reserves; in other words more brain power goes into straining to listen for comprehension of speech than other cognitive processes, like working memory.

Another study ...

Join the Swedish MS Center Walk Team at Walk MS

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

The Swedish MS Center, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultants Northwest, and Seattle Radiologists have formed a team for Walk MS to experience a great event and help the National MS Society fund research, advocate for change, and help people with MS live their best lives.

Walk MS is a day that ...

Catch the Multiple Sclerosis Roadshow in Tacoma

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

Experts from the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish Neuroscience Institute and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are bringing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) education and information to Tacoma. Come learn from a nationally recognized team of MS health care professionals, share your experience, and connect with others in the community living with MS.

When: Saturday, March 28
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Where: LeMay America's Car Museum, 2702 East D Street, Tacoma 98421
Cost: Free

Seminar Topics:

February Pet of the Month at the Multiple Sclerosis Center

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center


Cat: Kelly Bear
Owner: Misty
Age: 4
Breed: Domestic Longhair Calico
From: Eva's Eden - Cat Rescue, Blaine, Washington
Favorite toy: Toy bird that chirps
Favorite snack: Greenies treats
Unique fact: Only female cats can be Calico
Best trick: To walk on a leash or ride in a car
Describe your pet in one word: Love
How has your pet taught you to live life?
"She has shown unconditional love and taught me to  ...

How much water should I be drinking?

Lora Plaskon, MD, MS

Lora Plaskon, MD, MS
Urogynecologist

"How much water should I be drinking?" is one of the most common questions I get and the answer I give is "enough to keep you urine flowing and generally a light yellow color".

The old advice of 8-10 glasses of water a day is with the caveat if you aren't eating food - you have to consider the fluids in your food as part of your daily water intake - so 8-10 glassses a day is too much water for most of us.

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