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Flu vaccine for children

November 30, 2012

A lot of parents have questions about the flu vaccine and many parents refuse the vaccine as they feel it does not very effective. Some parents are concerned about vaccines in general and refuse vaccinating their child as they don’t want to administer “another vaccine” to their child. The best way to prevent getting flu is by vaccination.

What is flu (Influenza)?

Flu (influenza) is not just a common cold or a stomach virus as most people think. Influenza usually occurs during the winter in our region although it can occur all year around in other parts of the world. It can be a serious respiratory illness that can lead to complications especially in children and older adults. Symptoms are generally similar to any other common cold infections and can vary from fever, runny nose, nose congestion, cough, body aches and headaches. The body aches and headaches are mostly reported by older children and adults. Children may not be able to explain their sym...

Holidays at the Hospital (Swedish Issaquah) December 1

November 27, 2012

Bring the family and get into the holiday spirit at the Swedish/Issaquah Holidays at the Hospital. There’s something for everyone: a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, and lots of kids’ activities. Holiday cheer awaits you at the hospital on December 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Event features:

  • Pancake Breakfast
    $5 per person, $20 per family of six (infants are free)
    A portion of the proceeds supports Pediatrics at Swedish
  • Visit with Santa & Free Photos
    Come get a free photo with St. Nick and decorate a keepsake frame.
  • Teddy Bear Clinic
    Have your kids bring their favorite teddy bear or doll to our "Teddy Bear Clinic" for a check-up.
  • Giant Gingerbread House
    Kids can help decorate our giant gingerbread house.
  • Ask-the-Doc
    Our experts will be here to answer any questions you have.
  • ...

In-Room Massages for New Moms Come to Swedish/Issaquah

November 27, 2012

For many of us, a massage is a reward we give ourselves after a stressful week or while on a dream vacation. However, what about a massage after one of life’s most physical – and often painful – events: childbirth.

Childbirth is always unpredictable, but postpartum recovery doesn’t have to be. A postnatal massage service (Postnatal Body Therapy™ by Bavia™) is now available at the Swedish/Issaquah campus...

Vision Problems and Pituitary Tumors

November 26, 2012

Nearly everyone notices vision problems, especially as you get older. In the great majority of cases, this is simply due to changes in the focusing capacity of the lens, and the solution is wearing glasses. However, it isn’t safe to assume that this is always the case. It’s important to have your eyes examined by a trained professional to determine whether something more serious is affecting the eye or the vision nerve. 

In the video below you’ll learn about something I commonly see in my practice – vision loss from a tumor of the pituitary gland that is putting pressure on the vision nerves. This type of vision loss typically reduces the peripheral vision to either side. This can be diagnosed by a test at the eye doctor called Visual Fields. As in this case, a relatively simple operation can reverse the vision problem before it becomes permanent. The key is early diagnosis. If you notice that your peripheral vision is affected, ask your eye doctor to check visual f...

How to stay hydrated - and why we should drink more water

November 23, 2012

When people think of the Pacific Northwest, they often think of rain. Especially during non-summer months, water never seems to be in short supply in our region. So it seems strange that many of us aren’t getting as much water as our bodies need.

Every cell and tissue in your body needs water to survive and without it, you could be left high and dry. Thirst is the first sign that your body is dehydrated which means we should be drinking water even before we think we need it.

What are other signs of dehydration?

Can Chicken Soup and Orange Juice Fight Off Illness?

November 21, 2012

Chicken soup and orange juice are popular home remedies when a cold or flu strikes. But can certain foods really make us feel better, or is it just folklore?

“There is no clear consensus about whether or not certain foods can help us ward off or relieve illness,” explains Richard Lindquist, M.D., Medical Program Director at Swedish Weight Loss Services. “However, certain foods do contribute to overall health, and that can help us withstand exposure to illnesses.”

The body needs energy to fight off illness, and good foods like healthy proteins, and antioxidant-rich, bright colored fruits and vegetables, provide that energy. And what about Grandma’s chicken soup? 

“Although a Nebraska Medical Center study did conclude that chicken soup appeared to help participants fight off colds, I wonder whether or not other factors like a healthy diet or regular hand washing contributed to these outcomes,” says Dr. Lindquist. “However, c...

SNI Research Aims to Expand Cerebral Palsy Therapy Options

November 14, 2012

Before they learn to crawl or walk, about 10,000 babies every year in the United States will develop a condition that will change how they will do just that. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition caused by a brain injury before birth, during delivery or before a child’s second birthday. An estimated 800,000 Americans live with CP.

The most common symptom in CP is spasticity, an increase in muscle tension that impairs proper movement. Abnormal postures or movements, weakness or loss of muscle control and rigidity are also part of the constellation of CP signs and symptoms. While physical therapy remains the cornerstone for treatment, new medications and therapies for CP are being developed to help improve and manage symptoms.

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What is an audiologist?

October 17, 2012

An audiologist is a master’s or doctoral level trained professional who evaluates, treats and manages hearing and balance disorders in children and adults. Audiologist work in a variety of settings such as medical centers, private practice clinics, universities, schools, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) physician clinics, Veteran’s Administration and military settings.

At Swedish, you will find caring and talented audiologists with a wealth of clinical experiences. The audiologists at Swedish have experience with infant through geriatric diagnostic hearing evaluations, auditory evoked potentials, vestibular evaluations, tinnitus management and the selection and fitting of hearing aids. Additionally, audiologists work closely with surgeons to complete the fitting and programming of osseo-integrated devices, cochlear implants and brainstem implants following surgery.

Because most hearing issues are not ...