2015

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Helping Kids Deal with Chronic Pain

July 13, 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.

MS Center BBQ

July 09, 2015
Come join the Swedish MS Center for the Summer BBQ on July 25! There will be a catered lunch with live music, as well as a talk by Dr. James Bowen.

When: Saturday, July 25
Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: MS Center at Swedish
1600 E. Jefferson St., A Level
Seattle, WA 98122
RSVP: Janice Huertas, 206.320.2200

Fatty Liver Disease in Children: It's About Sugar, Not Fat!

July 08, 2015

It’s common knowledge that over the last few decades there has been a significant increase in the number of children with obesity in the U.S. One of the complications of obesity is a condition termed metabolic syndrome, which consists of the combination of high cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and waist circumference. Having metabolic syndrome has long been a well-known risk factor for heart disease, but less known is the relationship between obesity, metabolic syndrome and liver disease.

As a pediatric specialist who treats children with liver diseases, I am often asked to see children with a condition called “fatty liver disease.” In fatty liver disease, fat accumulates within the liver as a direct result of obesity and metabolic syndrome. The curious thing about this type of liver disease, however, is that it is identical to the liver disease seen in alcoholics.

Swedish Medical Group opens new clinics in Renton

July 06, 2015
On June 30, Swedish opened three new clinics in the popular Renton Landing complex at 10th and Park Avenue. One of the largest Swedish clinic settings to date, the new clinics feature a variety of services for adults and children including Swedish Primary Care, Swedish Musculoskeletal Medicine, Swedish Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Swedish Professional Clinic.

Rehabilitation Enhances Brain Plasticity

July 06, 2015
If you overhear a research meeting at the Swedish MS Center, it may come up that the rehabilitation studies are not sub-listed under, "disease modifying therapy trials." That is when I usually pipe up and say, "Rehabilitation is disease modifying in MS!" In fact, it is one the of proven disease modifiers in progressive MS. Below is a summary of the recent article from the Italian MS group that reviewed improvements in brain plasticity from motor and cognitive rehabilitation in patients with MS. The Italian researchers do an excellent job in quantifying outcome measures from rehabilitation interventions using imaging.

Seattle Hair Transplantation Clinic

July 02, 2015
As people age, the rate of hair growth slows. With age comes a natural thinning of the hair. Additionally, androgenic alopecia can affect men and women as well. This genetic condition predisposes men to have male pattern baldness usually beginning in the 20s. The hairline along the front and temple regions recedes. Hair progressively thin along the crown of the scalp (vertex) as well. Generalized thinning also occurs in these areas, which makes the scalp skin more visible. Women who are affected will usually begin losing their hair in their 40s or later, and they usually experience a more general thinning of the hair.

128 Swedish physicians recognized as "Top Docs" in Seattle magazine

July 02, 2015

Congratulations to the 128 Swedish physicians that were named in Seattle magazine’s 15th annual list of the Seattle-area’s "Top Docs." 

Possible traffic delays and limited parking around Swedish campuses on Wednesday July 1

June 30, 2015

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union has notified Swedish that on Wednesday, July 1, some of its union members will be picketing near Swedish hospital and ambulatory care campuses from 12:00 – 2:00pm PT. This picketing will take place at all campuses including First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds, Issaquah, Mill Creek and Redmond. In addition, the union has scheduled a rally near the Swedish First Hill campus from 3:30 – 6:30pm PT. This is not a strike, and there will be no disruption in patient care. However, this activity may create some unusual traffic delays around the campuses and may also reduce the amount of parking available near or on Swedish campuses.In anticipation of these events, we recommend that patients with scheduled appointments leave early to allow for these delays.Staffing for patient care and scheduled appointments should not be impacted during this time.

Statement regarding informational picketing at Swedish

June 30, 2015
Swedish is currently in contract negotiations with SEIU 1199NW, the union that represents approximately 6,800 R.N.s, technicians and service workers at Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Edmonds. Today, the union is conducting informational picketing at Swedish. This is not a strike, and staffing for patient care should not be impacted at any of our campuses.

What is a Urogynecologist and FPMRS Physician?

June 29, 2015
Doctors called urogynecologists diagnose and treat women with pelvic floor disorders which may include bothersome bowel, bladder or sexual symptoms. Although your primary care physician, gynecologist, or urologist may have knowledge about women's pelvic floor disorders (PFDs), an urogynecologist offers expertise in treating women's PFDs.