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Dr. James Bowen Part of HALT-MS Trial

January 28, 2016

The MS Center’s Dr. James Bowen is a part of the HALT-MS trial, which has made the list of the 20 top research advances supported by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). 

HPV-induced "throat cancer" and the difficult questions

January 27, 2016

Head and neck cancers commonly refer to malignant tumors originating in the tongue and throat region. Traditionally, those cancers were caused by long-term tobacco use and high alcohol consumption. But in the past three decades, more and more of these cancers have a new cause.

Opiate Abuse in Pediatric Patients

January 20, 2016

There is a quiet public health crisis in the US that is unknown to many parents and even physicians. Addiction to opiates, or narcotics, has skyrocketed. It is estimated that more than 2 million Americans abuse prescription opiate drugs, and we are now seeing increasing rates of heroin use for the first time in decades. This epidemic includes children.

What you should know about the Zika virus

January 19, 2016

You may have heard of the Zika virus and be wondering what the dangers are and who should be concerned. The CDC has issued an advisory for pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant.

Upcoming cancer education classes

January 13, 2016

How do you cope with a cancer diagnosis? What can you do to lower your risk of getting cancer? When it comes to cancer, there is a lot to learn. The Education Department at the Swedish Cancer Institute offers regular cancer education classes. 

Pain – The Fifth Vital Sign

January 11, 2016

When assessing patients, the four routine measurements of their status include their temperature, blood pressure, respiration and pulse. Pain has been recognized as the “fifth vital sign,” since it also reflects a patient’s status and needs. For our pediatric patients, pain is assessed along with routine vitals and also as dictated by a patient’s specific medical circumstances.

Cell based therapies - pleuripotent stem cells

January 08, 2016
This is the third in a series of three blog posts by James Bowen, M.D., the medical director of the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center, related to the International Conference on Cell-based Therapies for MS that was held in November 2015. This post discusses pleuripotent stem cells. The term “pleuripotent” means that these cells are capable of growing into any tissue in the body.

Cell based therapies - mesenchymal stem cells

January 06, 2016
This is the second in a series of three blog posts by James Bowen, M.D., the medical director of the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center, related to the International Conference on Cell-based Therapies for MS that was held in November 2015. This post discusses mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchyme refers to a type of cell that makes up much of our blood and lymphatic system as well as connective tissue.

Childhood Constipation

January 04, 2016

Chronic constipation is so common in childhood, it’s the reason 1 in 4 patients see pediatric gastroenterologists in Seattle, like me. This blog is meant to summarize the answers I give to the most common questions parents ask, regarding this common problem.

Cell based therapies - hematopoietic stem cells

January 04, 2016
James Bowen, M.D., medical director of the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center, was fortunate to be able to attend the International Conference on Cell-based Therapies for MS in November. This conference brought together about 70 of the world’s experts on using cells to treat MS. These cells are actually stem cells, and the treatments fall into three categories: hematopoietic, mesenchymal and pleuripotent stem cells. This post is Part 1 of 3, and discusses hematopoietic stem cells.