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Seattle Brain Cancer Walk Raises $485,000 for Cancer Research and New Treatment Options

SEATTLE – Oct. 18, 2013 – More than 2,800 patients, survivors, family members and supporters participated in the 6th annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk on Sept. 21, which raised more than $485,000 for medical research, clinical trials, advocacy and comprehensive care for brain cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest.

The Walk is one of the largest fundraisers of its kind, bringing the community together to celebrate and support those who have been impacted by brain cancer. Founded in 2008 by Greg Foltz, M.D., and a group of committed volunteers and families, the Walk has raised $2.9 million to fund critical research projects and to keep hope alive for the brain cancer community.  

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (Ivy Center) at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is committed to translating the results of its research into effective treatment options for patients. Much of the work conducted at the Ivy Center is funded through the Walk. When combined with research support from The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation and other gifts from the community, the Ivy Center has become one of the leading clinical and translational research centers in the country focusing on finding better treatments for brain cancer.

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw Joins Swedish Neuroscience Institute

SEATTLE — October, 16 2013 — Swedish Medical Center, Seattle’s leading nonprofit health care provider, announced today that Johnny Delashaw, M.D. will join Swedish Neuroscience Institute as a staff neurosurgeon. The Swedish Neuroscience Institute includes a team of world-renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of brain, spine and central nervous system ailments.

 

When should I have my first pelvic exam?

A good time to schedule a visit with a gynecologist (or women’s health specialist) is when you first have problems or concerns with menstrual periods, including premenstrual moods, acne around menses, vaginal discharge or any other cyclic discomfort. That appointment will involve a conversation about what is bothering you and may include a pelvic exam or may not.  Likely the doctor will ask you questions and together you will decide whether or not an exam is necessary.

Around age 13, even if you feel fine and are just wondering when you should come in for a routine exam, is a good time to schedule an appointment to discuss your female health, contraception and screening for sexually transmitted infection.  Vaccinations may be recommended if you have not already received routine immunizations. Some of the things that may be discussed include your health history, family health history, your habits with regard to diet and exercise, smoking or any drug use and sexual activities.  Some of these topics are things you may find difficult to discuss with friends and family.  In the gynecologists office we talk about those things all of the time!  Often we give you pamphlets or point to online resources for you.  The conversation is confidential and it is okay for you to remind the health care provider that you wish it to remain confidential. 

What is a pelvic exam and why might I need one?

A pelvic exam is ...

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

Some may be reluctant to pursue amplification based on comments from friends and relatives reporting that hearing aids are “expensive”.  These statements can be misleading.  The costs associated with amplification upon the initial fitting can sound intimidating, but it is important to consider that the average life expectancy of a pair of hearing aids is 5 to 7 years.  Breaking down the cost of amplification over this period is often comparable to a monthly cell phone or cable television bill. 

The costs associated with a hearing aid fitting include not only the device itself but also the professional skills and time associated with appropriately fitting the device through verification and follow-up. Verification refers to measurements made to determine that the hearing aids meet a set of standards which includes volume, output, cosmetic appeal, and physical comfort. Using evidence-based practices, real-ear measurements are obtained using a small microphone placed in the ear with the hearing aid to ensure that appropriate volume is provided for different signals (such as speech). If earmolds or custom hearing aids are ordered, it is necessary to ensure that their characteristics (type of tubing, venting, style and material) are appropriate for the degree of hearing loss and physical characteristics of the ear.

Hearing aids are available in a wide range of makes and models, and a hearing aid solution that works for one person may not work for another.  Additional costs include ...

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Face Pain & Treatment Options

October 7th was Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day and for many reading or hearing the stories, like the story on CNN.com, this condition may not be familiar.  However, for those suffering from trigeminal neuralgia, every day can be challenging.

Facial pain in Trigeminal Neuralgia is characterized by episodes of intense pain lasting from a few seconds to hours at a time. The attacks are often described as electric shock like, burning, pressing, crushing,  or shooting pain. Patients describe areas on the face as sensitive to the point that even a gentle breeze of wind can trigger an episode of pain.

Once diagnosed, trigeminal neuralgia can be treated with ...

Why dietary fiber reduces the risk of disease

Over the last couple of years, there has become more awareness surrounding the importance of dietary fiber and the prevention of disease. 

Why should I eat more fiber?

Dietary fiber can reduce the risk of certain diseases such as colon cancer, diverticular disease, and can also help lower cholesterol and improve symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Additionally, fiber can also be beneficial in helping to manage common bowel problems.

If you have been experiencing bowel or hemorrhoidal problems, fiber along with other dietary modifications can often help improve conditions such as constipation, diarrhea, incontinence, hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

How much fiber should I eat?

Current dietary guidelines suggest that....

Wondering how a service dog may help you?

It’s our pleasure to announce that Buddy Hayes will be coming to the MS Center on October 21! Buddy is a motivational speaker who’s passionate about educating the public on the daily challenges that people with disabilities face and how they overcome them. She is a retired certified therapeutic recreation specialist as well as a veteran of the US Army.

Buddy has been living with multiple sclerosis for many years and she’s turned her diagnosis into an opportunity to change the way that the world perceives people with disabilities. Buddy has shown that she is not only an inspirational speaker, but she’s also unafraid to take on any challenge. Just a few of her many accomplishments include skiing, rock climbing, surfing, scuba diving, and winning the title of Ms. Wheelchair Virginia 2007-2008. One of the many ways that Buddy takes on challenges is with the help of her service dog, Stanford.

On October 21, Buddy (and Stanford) will be coming to the MS Center to talk about what a service dog is, how to obtain one, and how they can change a life forever.

We welcome all who’d like to attend Buddy’s presentation:

October 21st 1:00-2:00 pm
Hedreen Wellness Studio, MS Center
Jefferson Tower, Level A

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