Bariatric Surgery: Helping with the neurobiology of obesity

Judy Y. Chen

Judy Y. Chen
Bariatric Surgeon

"Today's epidemic of overweight and obesity threatens the historic progress we have made in increasing America's quality and years of healthy life."  Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, wrote in The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010.  As we gain weight, we impact our health. 

There are multiple factors and causes of obesity. Thirty years ago, 13% of Americans were obese. Today, over 34% are obese.  What we eat, our children will eat.  The prevalence of obesity in children has increased from 5% to 17% over the same period according to the CDC.

The field of investigation is constantly growing regarding the metabolic, hormonal, and behavioral relationships that lead to obesity. Obesity is complex ...

What hearing aids are right for me?

Melanie Vazquez
If you have been identified with a hearing deficit and have been told you could benefit from amplification (hearing aids), you’re probably asking “how do I decide what is right for me? “

Hearing aids have come a long way

Hearing aid technology has certainly advanced over the years and continues to improve ....

Lung Force Walk 2015 on May 9

Damarise Navarro, MPH

Damarise Navarro, MPH
Health Education Specialist, Swedish Cancer Institute

There is nothing better than being outside on a spring weekend in beautiful Seattle while supporting a great cause. If you are looking for a fun and meaningful activity to participate in, consider the American Lung Associations’ 2nd Annual Lung Force Walk.  This event is proudly sponsored by the Swedish Cancer Institute, which is committed to early detection of lung cancer through screening, delivery of quality care to those suffering from the disease and their caregivers and contributing to critical research and clinical advancements while offering hope to those affected.

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in this country for both men and women and far exceeds the numbers of deaths from breast, colon, and prostate cancers, combined. The Lung Force Walk is dedicated to standing up against not only lung cancer but also COPD, asthma and pollution that threatens lungs.  The proceeds from this event will help fund research, advocacy, educational efforts and awareness.

Social interaction has positive benefits to health and well-being in MS

Michelle T. Toshima
“Make new friends, but keep the old, One is silver and the other is gold.”

As a young child, I can remember singing this tune while jumping rope or skipping around the playground.  At that time I didn’t fully grasp the significance of what I was singing, but now I have come to appreciate and understand that social connection and a sense of belonging is important, not only for emotional and mental health but for physical health as well. 

Numerous studies over the past several decades have consistently shown that social interaction has positive benefits to our health and well-being.  The potential benefits cited in many of these studies include reduced ...

Accepting art for the Multiple Sclerosis Center Art Show 2015

Mallory Higgins

Mallory Higgins
Education Coordinator and Marketing Specialist, Swedish MS Center

June 27 - 28
Seattle Center Armory
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Submission deadline: June 1

All art abilities are welcome and all art pieces are accepted.
This is an art exhibition for those touched by multiple sclerosis; this is not a contest.

For event details and to print an application:

About the MS Center Art Show

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is proud to present the 6th Annual MS Center Art Show. Over the past five years, the Art Show has welcomed creative works of all ability levels from those affected by MS in the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of this annual event is to:

Tics or Tourette's?

Anthony Bouldin
Tics are sudden, stereotyped and repetitive movements or vocalizations that are involuntary and often appear similar to normal movements.  They can be brief simple movements such as eye blinking or facial grimacing or more complex behaviors such as jumping or repetitive touching.  Common vocal tics or vocalizations are humming, throat clearing and coughing.  Tics can be a temporary or a passing phase (transient tic disorder) or more chronic.   The diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome is defined as a history of multiple motor tics and at least one vocal tic occurring for longer than 12 months.

Tourette’s syndrome typically begins ...

Spring allergies may make it difficult to swallow

Leslie H. Price, MD

Leslie H. Price, MD

Eosinophilic esophagitis is a disease characterized by the presence of a large number of eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, which causes inflammation in the esophagus. This inflammation can lead to stiffening or narrowing of the esophagus, which can lead to difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or food getting stuck in the esophagus. The cause in adults has not been clearly identified, but an allergic reaction to environmental and/or food allergens have been suggested in individuals who are genetically susceptible. There is a strong association with food allergies, environmental allergies, asthma, and atopic dermatitis.

Hence, the worsening of symptoms during Spring and Fall...
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