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Physical fitness associated with improved cognition in multiple sclerosis

The benefits of exercise and being physically fit is what many people strive for.  However, a recent study added a new dimension to what exercise can do to enhance health.  In other words, exercise did more than keep a body fit.  It also made study participants think better.  You may ask, why is this new information important?  

 
Cognitive impairment is one of multiple scleroris (MS) ’s most disabling features and it can affect between 22% to 60% of people living with the disease.  Cognitive deficits may include problems with: slower information processing speed; memory impairment; difficulty with new learning and executive functioning.  Historically, medical and rehabilitation approaches to the problem have been inconsistent in improving cognition.
 
The new frontier of exercise for improved cognition provides hope. This study’s objective was to determine if there was an association between improvements in objective measures of physical fitness and performance on cognitive tests.
 
Participants were people with MS who participated in a telephone based health promotion intervention, chose to work on exercise, and who completed pre and post intervention assessments. Participants were then measured for strength, aerobic fitness, and cognition at baseline and 12 weeks later.
 
After controlling for variables such as age, gender, MS disease activity, MS type, etc. there was evidence suggesting that cognitive functioning changed over time based on level of fitness. Participants in the physically improved group showed improved performance on measures of executive functioning after 12 weeks of exercise.  The results of this study add support to the hypothesis that change in fitness is associated with improved executive functioning in people with MS. The desired outcomes are that improved cognition correlates with better quality of life, activities of daily living, vocational endeavors, and rehabilitation measures.
 
Where do we go from here? Since less is known about exercise training and cognition in MS (compared to studies demonstrating aerobic and strength training significantly improving cognitive functioning in older adults and people with mild cognitive impairment), we need more studies to examine this relationship in the MS population. 

Swedish/Issaquah to Announce Partnership with ISC Gunners


News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Gwen Williams, ISC 561-512-9713
                 gwynne.williams@issaquahsoccerclub.org
                 Erin McCullough, Swedish 425-313-2336
                 erin.mccullough@swedish.org


ISSAQUAH - April 3, 2014 - Swedish/Issaquah is delighted to announce a new partnership with Issaquah Soccer Club (ISC) Gunners, a not-for-profit youth soccer organization serving over 300 youth soccer teams and 3000 children on the Eastside.

ISC Gunners is dedicated to helping children learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community.  ISC offers programs that introduce players to the game at a very young age (under age 5) and provides development programs for players competing at the highest levels, which includes fielding teams in the Premier Development League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.

This sponsorship is part of Swedish/Issaquah’s ongoing commitment to promote health and well-being in the communities it serves.

Seattle Times Guest Column: Why it’s worth signing up for insurance coverage by March 31

This week Tom Gibbon, Swedish Community Specialty Clinic Manager and co-chair the Cover King County Leadership Circle, co-authored a guest column in the Seattle Times encouraging readers to sign up for health insurance coverage before the March 31 deadline.


Read the Seattle Times column.

Perspectives on Health Care

From the desk of Swedish Health Services Chief Executive Anthony (Tony) A. Armada, FACHE


Dear Friends of Swedish,

During the four months since I started as Swedish's Chief Executive, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you and to learn your thoughts about Swedish, and share mine.
I am writing today to reach out to those of you I have not yet met in person. So, until I get that chance, I want to introduce myself and share some of my thoughts about this great health system.
As I am sure you know, this is a unique and very challenging time in the health care industry. The financial and economic pressures we face are significant, and both the environment we work in and the rules we must follow are changing rapidly.

Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that Swedish has never been stronger. This is true from both a financial perspective and in terms of our ability to care for the patients and families who come to us for care. We are, in 2014, able to serve more patients, deliver more babies, provide more charity care for more individuals and families and see more visitors in our neighborhood clinics than ever before.

Dozens of Swedish-Affiliated Physicians Recognized as 'Top Doctors' by Their Peers



SEATTLE, August 16, 2013 - Now in its 13th year, Seattle magazine recently published the results of their annual 'Top Doctors' survey in the July issue. As in past years, dozens of Swedish-affiliated (or credentialed) physicians were recognized in the popular issue due to being nominated by their peers.

Additionally, Seattle Metropolitan magazine published the results of its 'Top Doctors' survey in the August issue, in which dozens of Swedish-affiliated (or credentialed) physicians were also featured

 

Swedish System Recognized as ‘Best Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

Swedish is again recognized as one of the leading hospital systems in Washington State as part of U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Hospitals annual rankings, which were released Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

All eligible Swedish campuses were ranked in the top 10% statewide (a total of 107 hospitals are included in the Washington survey.)  Swedish/Issaquah, just entering its third year serving Eastside communities, is not yet included/eligible for the Best Hospitals rankings.

Swedish is included in two categories of rankings:

Swedish Disseminates Information Intended to Educate, Clarify Medicare Charge Data, Related Questions

SEATTLE, June 24, 2013 - As part of the Obama administration’s work to make the United States health-care system more affordable and accountable, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2011 data in early May that shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services.  Providers determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the average amount the providers bill for an item or service. The following information is intended to help patients and family members better understand this complicated topic.

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