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Cold weather dangers for kids: How to keep them safe

January 24, 2017
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It’s been a cold winter by Seattle standards and that can pose a danger because we aren’t used to such frigid conditions. This can be especially true for children, who might ignore signs of frostbite or hypothermia because they’re having too much fun outside. Here’s how parents can protect their kiddos.


Helping your anxious child

January 23, 2017
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As a self-proclaimed worry wart, I have a special place in my heart for the anxious child. These days the world can be scary and difficult to explain – i.e. lots to worry about! How can we help the child who seems to worry about anything and everything?

Flu epidemic: How to take care if you're at risk

January 23, 2017
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The flu is at epidemic levels in Washington, but here’s some good news: The flu strain sweeping the state is protected by this year’s vaccine – and it’s not too late to get vaccinated. If you’re in a high-risk category for the flu, here’s what you need to know.

Heart problems: Don't let them take you by surprise

January 16, 2017
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Some people don’t know they have a heart problem until a heart attack. And the signs of an attack can be different for men and women. As a cardiologist at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, I recently sat down with King 5 News and explained all of this, plus how you can check your heart’s health -- and keep it healthy.

Celebrity deaths put focus on common heart conditions

January 11, 2017
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Heart attack, heart failure, cardiac arrest. Recent celebrity deaths have put the spotlight on these conditions, but many people aren’t sure how they differ. As a cardiologist at the  Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute, I recently explained the differences — and how to check your heart health.

Struggling with incontinence? A pelvic health nurse navigator can help

January 10, 2017
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When asked what kind of nursing I practice, I proudly answer that I am the nurse navigator for the Swedish Pelvic Health Program. Without exception the next question is, “So what is a nurse navigator?” Here’s a good answer.

5 hidden dangers for children at home

January 06, 2017

Maybe you’ve seen it – a video of a dresser falling onto a toddler. The video has gone viral and is an example of hidden dangers at home for young children. Learn about the boy’s ordeal and about other not-so-obvious dangers from Elizabeth Meade, M.D., chief of Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center.

 

Cancer and sex: Adjusting to changes that can come with this disease

January 04, 2017
A cancer diagnosis can change many things in our lives, including how we feel about sex and intimacy. Radiation treatment, chemotherapy and some cancer surgeries can affect our sexuality. But good communications, support, post-cancer remedies and changes in our personal relationships can help us adjust and still enjoy this part of life.

Saving our kids from metabolic syndrome

January 03, 2017
Did you know that one of the most common chronic pediatric diseases is a totally preventable condition?  This condition is tied to obesity and can shorten a person’s life span by 22 percent. Now, Swedish is hosting the first-of-its-kind symposium dedicated to this disease.

Troubling statistics: Looking at how we parent

December 29, 2016
This was going to be a regular post about normal child development, but I’ve been troubled by health statistics that have made me ask myself: Why are so many children engaging in risky behaviors, and why are so many anxious, depressed and suicidal? Are we as parents, and as a society, failing our coming generation?