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Using an algorithm to treat obesity

October 21, 2016
As our nation’s obesity epidemic grows, board-certified obesity clinicians are taking on more responsibility for treating this condition. Obesity is a complex disease and, as many primary care providers have discovered, effective care goes far beyond telling a patient to eat less and exercise more.

With Swedish Express Care at Home, we come to you

October 12, 2016
Swedish has brought back the house call. Curious about how Swedish Express Care at Home works, or if it’s right for you? This video and accompanying article tell the story of one woman who chose Swedish Express Care at Home.

At Swedish bariatric center, specialists treat an array of health problems

October 10, 2016
People who are obese tend to have other health problems as well. With its Bariatric, Metabolic, Endocrine Center, Swedish brings an array of specialists together in one clinic to provide all aspects of care for people who are trying to lose weight. Watch a video and read about how the center has helped one woman.

We call it Express Care

September 08, 2016
Swedish, Providence and our other affiliates are helping pioneer the on-demand model for health care in the same way others are creating new models for ground transportation, dining and entertainment. The idea is to make health care diagnosis and treatment as quick, simple and convenient as ordering a pizza or catching a ride across town. That’s why we’re teaming up with Walgreens, offering instant online visits and bringing back the house call.

Fibromyalgia: How you can cope with a painful disease

August 03, 2016
If fibromyalgia could be summed up in one word, it would be “pain.” But people who suffer from this chronic disease also face a range of other debilitating symptoms. Together they can limit daily life and the ability to work. But there are ways to cope.

Sleeping well despite chronic pain

April 27, 2016

Pain disrupts our sleep, and a lack of sleep increases our pain. It’s a vicious circle. If you have chronic pain, you may be nodding drowsily. While there may not be an immediate solution to your pain, you can partly manage it by managing your sleep.

Mindfulness and chronic pain

April 20, 2016

If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, mindfulness may provide some relief. Mindfulness in the broadest sense is the practice of focusing on the present moment as a way to reduce stress and pain. Sounds simple, right? For most people, mindfulness actually takes practice. But the benefits can be significant, especially for people with debilitating pain.

Esophageal cancer: a growing problem linked to GERD

April 13, 2016

April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to shed some light on this uncommon but growing cancer.

Chronic pain and Neuroplasticity

March 09, 2016

Why do you continue to have pain long after whatever caused the pain is gone? The answer is that the pain has changed parts of your brain. These altered parts continue to send messages, prolonging the agony. And some parts of your brain, such as the hypothalamus, may have shrunk and no longer work as well.

HPV vaccine proves effective yet vaccination rates remain low among teens

March 04, 2016
A new study reports that the HPV vaccine, which targets the sexually transmitted virus responsible for cervical cancer, has, since its introduction in 2006, reduced the virus’ prevalence in teenage girls by two-thirds. A reduction rate of two-thirds is quite remarkable; however, a further decline in the prevalence of HPV is possible and can be achieved simply by redirecting the HPV conversation healthcare providers have with patients and their parents.