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Seasonal Celebration at the Multiple Sclerosis Center

December 12, 2014

Join us!

The Swedish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center is hosting a gathering to celebrate the holidays and show our appreciation for the MS Community. Join us for refreshments, appetizers, music, activities, and a raffle of prizes. This is a FREE event.

FREE gift wrapping

Bring your gifts and we will wrap them for you! Wrapping paper and ribbon will be provided by the MS Center.

 
When:   Friday, December 19
Time:  Noon – 3 p.m.
Where:  MS Center at Swedish
1600 Jefferson Street, ...

Support siblings when a child is in the hospital

December 12, 2014
Anytime a child is admitted to the hospital, it’s a scary and stressful experience for the entire family, including siblings. Siblings may have a vast range of different reactions and feelings so it’s just as important to support the siblings through this difficult time as it is for the patient.

Give Back with the 2014 Holiday Drive for Thrive

December 11, 2014
If you’re looking for a way to give back this holiday season, the Holiday Drive for Thrive is in full swing! Thrive Through Cancer is a group dedicated to helping young adults who were newly diagnosed with cancer. Thrive offers many great resources to young adults, but is well known for their Hope Totes. Hope Totes are filled with comforting and encouraging items and are given to young adults that were newly diagnosed with cancer. Join us in the distribution of hope and joy by participating in this year’s Holiday Drive for Thrive.

There are a few ways to get involved including ..

No "window of opportunity" for celiac disease prevention

December 08, 2014

As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I’m often asked whether there is any way to prevent a child from developing celiac disease. Based on what I knew regarding how food allergies develop, I used to counsel families that there might be a “window of opportunity”, between four and six months, when it’s possible to introduce grains and other gluten-containing foods that could potentially “teach” the immune system to tolerate gluten and thus lower the risk of developing celiac disease.

However, my “window theory” recently got thrown out the window when the results of two important scientific studies were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Catching Kayla � High School Girl with MS Becomes Top Runner in Country

December 08, 2014

Here is a remarkable story about high school runner Kayla Montgomery -- who, despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, has become one of the best young distance runners in the country. Click here to watch the video.

Medical mission in Ethiopia - week 9

December 07, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The birds are beautiful here. Sitting outside our apartment, looking into our courtyard I can watch and listen to a multitude of birds. The small ones seem to come out earliest, singing in their soprano voices. As the sun rises, more birds join, adding their alto and tenor voices. There is even the occasional baritone who sounds as if he is singing from an enlarged globe deep in his throat. The colors of their voices match the vibrant colors of their feathers. It seems that the more vibrantly colored birds appear earliest in the morning, and then they disappear as if to shield their beautiful attires from the glaring sun. I wish to capture some of these birds on my digital camera, but alas, they are difficult to capture. Maybe this is part of their allure. Maybe this is why bird aficionados are “bird watchers.”

Multiple Sclerosis and Affordable Care Act

December 05, 2014

Take a look at this panel discussion interview where Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center neurologist Dr. James Bowen and a nationally recognized health insurance expert discuss the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace as it specifically relates to the needs of the multiple sclerosis community. Some of the key topics include cost and coverage of MS medications, the benefits of a selecting a silver-level plan, ways to ensure access to care, expansion of Medicaid, and how to appeal coverage denial.
 

Renovated Level II Nursery Swedish Issaquah Now Open!

December 05, 2014

The Swedish Issaquah Women, Infants and Children’s team is excited to announce the opening of our Level II Nursery, helping us provide specialized, around-the-clock care to premature babies born as early as 32 weeks gestational age.

Community partnership provides life changing orthopedic care to uninsured local patients

December 02, 2014

By Swedish News -- Operation Walk brought to Seattle for second year by Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest, Orthopedic...

New healthy weight class series in January

December 02, 2014

In this 3 series class you will learn the tools to eat well and maintain a healthy weight.  Whether you want to lose weight or learn how to maintain your weight, or your family’s weight, this series is for you!

In this class, you will gain:

  • Tools for everyday life including: Shopping lists and recipes, how to read a food label, proper portion control, and mindful eating techniques
  • An understanding of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals
  • An understanding of your own relationship with food

Fee: $68 for the 3 class series (includes you and one guest)