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Spring cleaning should include your medicine cabinet

May 23, 2016

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A lot of people look to spring as the time to finally tackle dust bunnies and an overflowing closet or toy box. This extra cleaning energy should also extend to your medicine cabinet.

Structural reasons to postpone newborn circumcision

May 18, 2016
For parents who wish to circumcise their sons shortly after birth, there may occasionally be structural or anatomic reasons to defer the procedure. Here’s a look at some of the urologic reasons it may be best to avoid newborn circumcision and what to expect if circumcision is performed later.

Recognizing ALS Awareness Month

May 17, 2016
May is ALS Awareness Month and while the ice bucket challenge may not be prominent on your Facebook feed this year, we strive to bring attention to this disease every day. This year, Swedish opened the ALS Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

Anything worth doing is hard

May 16, 2016
by: Phil See
In October 2002, some colleagues and I, all musicians, had agreed to provide entertainment for a Halloween party at the organization where I worked. I was to play keyboards and sing. Two days prior to the event, I got up to get a glass of water and my right ear started ringing. I felt lightheaded and then I noticed my entire left side went a little numb. That day changed my life, but I took control.

Newborn hearing screenings and early intervention

May 13, 2016
Some newborns pass their hearing screenings just fine but also have risk factors for developing hearing loss. 

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In these cases, it’s important for an infant to be seen by an audiologist for a diagnostic hearing evaluation. Catching a hearing problem in infancy could keep a child on track to reach important developmental milestones.

Zika rates could grow in US this summer

May 04, 2016

So far, all of the Zika virus cases identified in the U.S. have been related to travel, but that’s likely to change soon. As warmer months approach, we expect to see the mosquito-borne virus spread locally in regions such as the Gulf Coast, home to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Time is the difference between death and recovery in a stroke

May 03, 2016

Three hours could be the difference between death, disability or complete recovery from a stroke. That's the ideal window of time for doctors to get blood flowing back to the brain.

Why do kids pass out? Syncope

May 02, 2016

As an ER pediatrician, it’s fairly common to see children and teens who have fainted and have come to the Emergency Department to find out what triggered this scary experience. Passing out can be a sign of a serious health problem, but in young people there’s usually little cause for concern and we can help them avoid another episode.

Comforting your child during a medical procedure

April 29, 2016

Going to the doctor’s office can be scary for your child. But there are ways you can support your child during a stressful visit without holding him or her down for a procedure. With some planning and help from you, your child’s appointment can go a little smoother.

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.