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The Facts (and Fiction) About Ear Infections

The most common bacterial illness in children accounting for millions of doctor visits each year is otitis media — a middle ear infection. Acute otitis media typically occurs during or after a cold, upper respiratory infection or bout with allergies when the Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the throat becomes swollen and traps fluid. The fluid can cultivate bacteria or viruses, causing an infection.

Is there any way to protect your child from this potentially painful illness? How do you know if treatment is needed? We spoke with Swedish Otolaryngologist Linnea Peterson, M.D. who helped us separate fact from fiction regarding middle ear infections.

There is no way to avoid repeated ear infections; they’re just a part of childhood.

FICTION.

  • “Though it’s true that otitis media is one of the most common childhood ailments, parents can take steps to reduce their child’s risk,” says Dr. Peterson. “Consider....

Gluten-Free in a Gluten-Filled World

For this French/Italian girl that grew up on bagels and loaves of bread, it wasn’t easy to read the lab results telling me gluten was the source of all my problems (digestive anyway). Despite a degree in nutrition, I’m here to break the news that it’s far from easy, not just for me, but the unfortunate waiter, the distressed party hostess, or the sibling that doesn’t quite understand why you are no help in devouring the Oreos.

This post is for anyone with a new diagnosis, those just coming to terms with an old diagnosis, and those that think that gluten intolerance might be a possibility. It’s also for the friends and family of those affected by celiac disease or gluten intolerance, and for those that just want to learn more about it.

What’s the deal with wheat, gluten, and these allergies?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. You can be allergic to wheat, which is different than being gluten-intolerant (a broader category of things to avoid), which is different from having celiac disease. Here’s a little about each.

Celiac Disease

  • What it is: Not an allergy, but an autoimmune disorder that ....

July is Global Health Month

Swedish, Washington Global Health Alliance and the Seattle Center’s Next Fifty (celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair) are part of the solution in combating global health issues globally and locally with the Global Health Nexus - Global Health Month. Global Health Month will feature our region’s strengths in combating malaria, diabetes and cancer, and in improving mother and child health and access to safe water.  

Here are some events where you can participate in Global Health Month:

  • The Global Health Experience Exhibit, July 3 - August 19, Seattle Center, Next Fifty Plaza
  • "Groundswell: A night for global health" a public event featuring Melinda Gates, Saturday, July 14 at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • AGENCY (formally Party with a Purpose), Saturday July 14th at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • "Be the Change Student Competition" winners honored, Saturday, July 14th at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
  • "Perspectives: How faith-based and secular health organizations partner for better global health", Sunday July 15th at McCaw Hall, Seattle Center

Be part of the global health solution. Many of the exhibits and events have a call to action where you can take action in a variety of innovative ways. If you'd like to learn more about how Swedish is applying global solutions to local healthcare challenges in underserved populations, click here. 

Vomiting in the newborn: when is spit-up something to worry about?

I have never met a baby that didn't on occasion spit-up. Many perfectly healthy babies can even spit-up quite a bit. Reflux is often the label given to babies who vomit, and this rarely amounts to a significant problem.

However, there are a few things that a parent should watch out for:

The most important thing is the color of what a baby is throwing up. Dark yellow and especially green vomit is never normal in a baby and demands immediate medical evaluation as this could represent a dangerous twisting of the intestines (midgut volvulus), which is linked to abnormally positioned intestines (intestinal malrotation).

Another consideration is quantity. If a baby is throwing up...

Utilizing Botox for tremors associated with multiple sclerosis

As many as two-thirds of patients with multiple sclerosis have tremor as one of the manifestations. Tremor predominantly affects the upper extremities, adds to disability, and can be severe in as many as 15 percent of cases.

Dr. Angeli Mayadev, a physiatrist with the MS Center at Swedish, talks about the use of Botox for MS-related tremors based on positive results from a small, randomized crossover trial showed that upper limb tremor in patients with multiple sclerosis improved significantly within 6 weeks after a single injection of botulinum toxin A. Click here to watch and learn more.

Grant support awarded to Ivy Center

Through its Foundation, Northwestern Mutual is awarding its Seattle office with the company’s 2012 Community Impact Award for its work with The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment. To honor the office’s outstanding volunteer efforts, the medical center will receive a $50,000 grant that will be put into an endowment with the interest generated by the fund will help fund research.

The Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment is the first multidisciplinary treatment and research center in the Pacific Northwest dedicated solely to the treatment of brain tumors. See the full story here: Northwestern Mutual supports Ben and Catherine Ivy Center

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