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When drinking becomes a problem for women

May 22, 2017
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More women are binge drinking, and more are becoming addicted to alcohol. It can be scary to lose control of how much you drink, but starting a conversation with someone you trust can be the first step to getting help. And if you think a friend or loved one as a drinking problem, there are effective ways to express concern.

Swedish helps women with doula services

May 19, 2017
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Doulas provide emotional and physical support for pregnant women, and studies show they make a difference. Women with doulas tend to have shorter labors and a better experience with labor and delivery in general. But not every mother-to-be can afford a doula. Now, Swedish is subsidizing the cost for women who qualify. Hear from one new mom who used the service.

A letter from Jen Vetrovs, RN, BSN, who embarks on Bike the US for MS

May 18, 2017
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Jen Vetrovs, RN, BSN, writes this letter to share her enlightening, emotional journey raising money and awareness for multiple sclerosis (MS) through Bike the US for MS.

What to do if your child has a febrile seizure

May 02, 2017

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Fever-related illnesses are a part of growing up and developing a healthy immune system. But what a frightening experience when a child has a seizure during a fever! Some parents might immediately think a brain infection is the cause. This possibility needs to be ruled out, and for this reason a child needs immediate medical attention. Fortunately, in many cases, the child has simply had a febrile seizure.

How Optimal Aging is helping Donna Hecker get back on her feet

April 27, 2017
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At “81½ and holding,” Donna Hecker says she feels like she’s 60. Learning to square dance is near the top of her bucket list, but her first goal is to drive again. She’s hoping Optimal Aging will help her do that. The service, provided by Swedish and open to anyone, connects people with nonmedical services that can help them with personal care and everyday life. And, in Mrs. Hecker’s case, companionship while she recovers from knee surgery.

Occupational therapy services benefit many

April 14, 2017
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For a variety of reasons, people may find they are no longer able to carry out their daily tasks. Whether they’ve suffered serious injuries, are recovering from a debilitating disease or have developed problems with their joints, muscles and nerves, occupational therapy can help restore their motion and improve quality of life. April is Occupational Therapy Month, celebrating 100 years as a profession in 2017!

New milestone for Swedish liver transplant program

March 23, 2017
The Swedish Transplant Program recently performed its 100th liver transplant, another milestone in our mission to save lives and treat liver disease in the Pacific Northwest. Since the Swedish Liver Transplant Program began in 2010, it has grown to serve patients across Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Today, it’s the No. 1 transplant program in the region based on quality and outcomes.

When healthy weight loss takes more than a makeover

March 01, 2017
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Recently the world tuned into WE tv to watch June Shannon, aka Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, reveal her body transformation from 460lbs to a size 4. While many people viewed the makeover from a vanity standpoint—seeing weight loss as simply a fashion statement--the truth is that obesity is a serious medical concern.

U.S. travel ban could hurt health care

February 15, 2017
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President Trump’s travel ban and immigration policy may be an abstraction for some, but for health care they could have profound effects. This video explains what’s happening, what it could mean for health care and what we can all do.

Swedish Express Care can help you beat the flu

February 02, 2017

Think you have the flu? Visit an Express Care clinic or schedule a home or virtual visit.This season’s flu outbreak is a doozy. If you think you may have it – or just a severe cold - you now have an alternative to the overcrowded emergency room.