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5 ways to help your pet live a long, healthy life

May 09, 2017
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In most homes, pets are considered family. Here are five tips aimed at keeping them healthy for better, longer lives.

How a plane flight helped me improve my self-care and be a better parent

May 04, 2017
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How many of us still listen to the flight crew’s safety instructions?  I fly several times a year but can honestly say I really did not “hear” them until this past summer, when a flight attendant said: “If the cabin should lose pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling.  Please put your mask on before assisting someone else.” I was in an immediate parenting crisis!

5 tips to avoid 'sharenting'

May 03, 2017
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Social media is a great tool for parents to share information about their children with friends, family and support communities. But with the ever-expanding role of social media in our lives and the depth of information to be found online, parents are often looking for guidance on how to share safely and respectfully! Your pediatrician can offer some great tips. Here are a few of mine.

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 to keep your brain healthy as you age

May 01, 2017
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Yes, you can train your brain, especially to memorize things. But, it probably won’t help you find your keys or remember what you wanted to buy at the store if you forgot. Here’s some basic advice on how to keep your brain healthy, especially as you age.

For a baby cuddler, it’s rocking, cooing and cosseting

April 28, 2017
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A baby cuddler at Swedish Medical Center talks about the rewards of volunteering with tiny patients, many of whom must remain in the hospital for weeks or months because they were born prematurely. Baby cuddling takes patience and compassion. This cuddler explains the rewards.

5 ways to think more positively right now

April 28, 2017
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Do you struggle to be positive? If you are stressed out, mentally or emotionally exhausted, or unable to see the “silver lining,” you may think you are stuck feeling this way. This is common, but there are ways to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.

How to promote healthy lifestyles among MS patients

April 28, 2017
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A recent study looked at what helped people with MS adopt healthy habits, and what hindered them from making changes. Five themes emerged.

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.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a superbug?!

April 26, 2017

Are superbugs out to get us?  Based on recent reports in the news, this might appear to be the case.  Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. Here’s how they develop and what we can do to limit the spread of superbugs.