March 2012
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March 2012 posts

Organized sports activities: safety and benefits

A lot of children are now enrolled in organized sports activities, and more and more children are starting at a younger age. Children are enticed by successful professional sports players and strive to be like them. Many parents enroll their children in organized sports activities with the hope that their child would get an athletic scholarship for college and go on to become a professional player. However, parents must realize that only a few children end up becoming successful professional players.

It is important for children to be physically active, and organized sports can be a part of this healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that children and adolescents who are physically active do well academically in school, have greater self-esteem, sleep well and have less behavioral/emotional problems. Children and adolescents who are active every day tend to develop less health problems like hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemia , and grow to become healthy adults.

Here are some important ideas to keep in mind when your child is enrolled in organized sports activity:

Adjusting to Daylight Savings Time

What are the effects of Daylight Savings on your sleep schedule, and what can you do to reduce these effects? Here are some tips:



Videos: What is A Brain Aneurysm?

What is a brain aneurysm? What are warning signs and symptoms of an aneurysm? To answer these questions, we invite you to watch a video playlist dedicated to answering patient questions about this condition.

A brain aneurysm, also called a cerebral aneurysm, is a blister-like bulge in a weak part of a blood vessel in your brain. It can go unnoticed for a long time. In fact, 1-6 percent of Americans has an aneurysm they don’t know about. If left untreated, however, the pressure of the blood causes that area of wall of the blood vessel to become even weaker, which allows the aneurysm to grow. Eventually the aneurysm may burst, which causes a stroke.

This video playlist will answer the following questions:
What is a Cerebral Aneurysm?
What Causes Cerebral Aneurysms?
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Aneurysms
What are Aneurysm Treatments?
What is Aneurysm Clipping?
What is Aneurysm Coiling?
The Advantages of Choosing Swedish to Treat Aneurysms

Looking for a support group for patients who have had a brain aneurysm? The Swedish Cerebrovascular Support Group has its first monthly meeting on Monday, March 19. (Email swedishaneurysmsupport@swedish.org for more information.)

Crosscut.com Posts Article with an Update on the Global to Local Initiative that Swedish is Supporting

SEATTLE, March 7, 2012 - Today Crosscut.com posted an article by free-lance journalist and Seattle-based stringer for the New York Times Collin Tong titled, 'Seattle's global health powerhouses turn their attention to south King County.' The almost 1,900-word piece provided an update on the Global to Local (G2L)initiative that Swedish has been supporting over the last two years.

G2L is a coalition of local and global health groups that have banded together to bring the lessons they've learned in developing countries to south King County, where the health index is as bad as Nairobi ...

 

My favorite seed: Quinoa


It’s NOT a grain.

Not related to wheat at all, this nutrition superstar is related to Swiss chard and spinach. Does it really matter to argue about it? No – because typically it can substitute for any grain in a recipe.

This “new” (have you been living under a cheeseburger?) food comes from the Andes Mountains of South America. It is thought to have served as a source of sustained energy for the Incas, and one of the few staple crops that was grown at these altitudes.

It’s pronounced keen-wah

Nutritional highlights

  • Complete protein – meaning that it contains the nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are those nitrogen containing building blocks that form proteins. Over 20 exist, however there are 9 that must be obtained from the diet (your body cannot make them, hence they are “essential”).

    So what is so exciting about this complete protein thing? Typically you need to seek various food groups throughout the day* in order to obtain all nine essential amino acids so your body can form complete proteins. However quinoa delivers all nine within a single bite! Not only is quinoa a complete protein, quinoa is relatively high in protein. One cup cooked provides approximately 8g of protein!

    *Side note - the notion that you must select complementary foods (beans and grains for example) within a single meal is inaccurate; rather you need to seek various complementary foods within a single day.
  • Hypoallergenic – It doesn’t contain gluten, so it serves as a wonderful alternative for people sensitive to gluten or are gluten-intolerant. For a girl like me with a gluten-intolerant gut, this is great news!
  • Headache and cardiovascular benefits:

Swedish/Issaquah Adds Robotic-Assisted, Partial-Knee Replacement or ‘Resurfacing’ Procedure; Free Educational Seminars Scheduled for March 14, April 4

ISSAQUAH, WASH., March 6, 2012 – In 2010 the Swedish Orthopedic Institute (SOI) became the first facility in the Puget Sound area to perform MAKOplasty®, a new partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to treat early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis. This procedure, which may be a viable alternative to total knee replacement or traditional manual partial knee resurfacing, is now available at Swedish/Issaquah.

“We are really pleased we can offer Eastside residents access to this state-of-the-art technology,” said SOI-affiliated orthopedic surgeon Gregory Komenda, M.D., who is with Proliance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. “We believe MAKOplasty offers an alternative for osteoarthritis patients who have not responded to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.”

Byetta

Byetta once weekly now available.

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