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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.

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.

New year's resolutions: The science behind them

January 04, 2016
Ringing in the New Year is often a time of joyful celebration marked with annual traditions, including New Year’s resolutions. Many of us don’t achieve our resolutions, but there is hope. Here are some tips for success with resolutions in 2016.

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.

Swedish Cherry Hill Awarded Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

December 31, 2015
Swedish Medical Center is proud to announce that the Swedish Neuroscience Institute team at Cherry Hill has been awarded the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification from DNV GL- Healthcare. Swedish Cherry Hill is currently one of two hospitals in the state of Washington to receive the comprehensive stroke certification designation.

Occupational therapist and adventure guide joins MS Center

December 30, 2015
The Swedish MS Center welcomes Simon Gale, OT/L, who will serve as an occupational therapist and recreational guide. Simon will help patients maintain arm function, posture and independence with daily activities. He also will help patients participate in recreational activities despite disabilities.

Cheers for the holidays

December 29, 2015
Tis the holiday season and everyone is expected to be in good cheer. Guess what enhances good cheer? For many people, it’s alcohol. But if you have multiple sclerosis, consuming alcohol also can become a safety consideration.

A New Year’s Resolution: Be More Active

December 29, 2015

As 2016 approaches, many people will make a New Year’s resolution to be more active. We at the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center couldn't agree more! Numerous studies have shown that exercise and targeted therapy for MS have great health benefits.

Heal a Teddy Bear, Help a Child!

December 21, 2015

It’s not unusual for a child to be nervous about a visit to the doctor. That’s why the staff at Swedish Pediatrics hosts 'Teddy Bear Clinics' at local community events.

Seeing the 'amazing' in every child!

November 30, 2015
“Sesame Street,” the beloved children’s show whose viewers stretch across generations and cultures, is making huge strides in bringing awareness to autism, inclusion and the celebration of differences in all of us. Pediatric Therapy Services at Swedish couldn’t be more thrilled.