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November 20, 2015
Low vitamin D levels are thought as a risk factor for the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple clinical trials are under way to determine whether vitamin D supplementation can reduce the severity of the disease.
October 26, 2015
Being a pediatric dietitian, I had pretty lofty ideals when it came to my own son’s introduction to solid foods. I had dreams of making everything from scratch with my baby food steamer/processor using only organic foods. I also intended to introduce foods one at a time, with only one new food every 3 days. It quickly became apparent that my ideals were not practical or realistic to do 100% of the time as a full time working mom. Making food from scratch takes time. Also knowing that between 4-6 months old is a window of time to introduce foods to prevent allergies, I realized there are a lot more foods to introduce than can be fit into a 3 month window using that system. Easier said than done!
Here are a few things I learned from my own experience, combined with my expertise as a pediatric dietitian:
October 23, 2015
Multiple respected experts and organizations have issued mixed recommendations regarding mammogram screening, resulting in confusion for many women. We believe that mammogram screening needs to be individualized based on the patient’s personal and family history and values. All experts who have evaluated mammogram screening agree that screening mammography in women starting at age 40 is associated with a reduction in breast cancer deaths across a range of study designs. Data from Swedish Cancer Institute shows that annual screening mammography can reduce the need for chemotherapy and more extensive surgical treatment. However, it is also clear that increased screening can lead to additional testing. Consequently, it is important for women and their providers to weigh the benefits and the risks.
October 09, 2015
Unless your family has been touched by Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
(TSC), it’s possible you’ve never heard of this rare genetic disorder. Here’s what you should know about TSC and how you can help raise money and awareness to find a cure.
September 30, 2015
Sixty seconds of free fall at 120 miles per hour followed by a six minute float from 12,500 feet above the ground. Scary? Nah. Not to Jenel Kludsikofsky.
Jenel has been skydiving five times since being diagnosed with MS, and she was decidedly not nervous the first time. After making the decision to float the sky before turning 40, Jenel immediately fell in love with the sport. "I find it liberating, and it puts me on a 'normal' level with non-MS people." Having always jumped tandem, Jenel says the instructors treat you as though you are without disability. When you are one with the clouds, your physical shortcomings no longer provide any complications.
September 30, 2015
Swedish Cancer Institute continues to grow team focused on blood cancers
The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) continues to expand its hematology proficiency and treatment capabilities through the addition of international multiple myeloma expert Dr. William Bensinger. Dr. Bensinger joins his former colleague Dr. John Pagel
, hired last year, as part of SCI’s Center for Blood Disorders and Stem Cell Transplantation team. Dr. Bensinger is known worldwide for his expertise in blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, using treatments including autologous stem cell transplantation, targeted radiotherapy and immunotherapy.
September 28, 2015
When a child hurts it is upsetting to everyone. It is natural for the first response to be alarm and fear. New pain in a child needs to be investigated with tests and examinations. There are times a clear reason for the pain is found. Other times, the reason for the pain is not well understood. In both cases, a child that is hurting is important and deserving of care.
One of the hardest elements of pediatric pain is to know how to support the child.
September 28, 2015
At Swedish, patients now have the ability to undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) while under conscious sedation, rather than under general anesthesia (otherwise known as “deep sedation”). TAVR is a method used to replace a heart valve without using traditional open-heart surgery and is an option for patients due to age, frailty or other medical conditions.
September 24, 2015
Swedish announced today the selection of Dr. Elizabeth Wako as Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) for Swedish First Hill in Seattle. Dr. Wako transitions to VPMA this week from her dual role as a staff anesthesiologist and as Medical Director for Swedish’s Preadmission Clinics for three campuses including First Hill, Cherry Hill and the Swedish Orthopedic Institute.
September 21, 2015
A team from the Pediatric Neuroscience Center will proudly represent Swedish at Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Saturday, September 26, at the Seattle Center. Our entire staff will be there – doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and patient care coordinators.
We know we’ll see many familiar faces walking for a common cause: to improve the care and quality of life for children and families living with autism.