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Swedish first in the nation to offer breast microseed radiation treatments

June 23, 2016
The Swedish Cancer Institute is the first cancer center in the nation to offer single-treatment, implantable breast cancer radiation. Radiation seed therapy is a safe and effective treatment alternative for many patients with early breast cancer.

Colic: what we know about this frustrating infant condition

June 20, 2016


Colic is a condition in infants who cry incessantly and are difficult to soothe or calm down. Colicky infants often seem to be in pain and this can lead parents to worry and become frustrated. A recent review of the research on colic summarizes what we know so far. 

Finding time for play

June 15, 2016
School is out for the summer and our calendars are filled with vacations, activities and appointments. Make sure you’ve also set aside time for your kids to choose unstructured activities that let their imaginations soar and help them learn about the world. Free play is central to a child’s learning and growth, especially when they are under 7, and has many hidden benefits.

Don't let loud noise damage your hearing

June 10, 2016

Loud noise. The lawnmower, the vacuum cleaner, your motorcycle. Loud noise is all around us, yet much of the time we are so used to it that we don’t give it much thought.  But at high levels, the force of sound vibrations can damage tiny cells inside our inner ear. Here’s how to protect your ears.

Minimizing minimally invasive surgery

June 09, 2016
From the advent of reliable anesthetics in the mid-19th century until only a few years ago, conventional open surgery involving a long incision had been virtually the only tool for curative treatment of cancerous and pre-cancerous tissues of the GI tract. Since then, we’ve moved to minimally invasive surgery. Now, we are moving a step further.

New guidelines for pediatric celiac disease

June 09, 2016
New guidelines have been published for celiac disease and introducing gluten to an infant’s diet. They include key points on breastfeeding and a go-slow approach.

Liver disease and acetaminophen: can you take it safely?

June 06, 2016
Doctors often tell patients with liver disease that they shouldn't use acetaminophen, a common over-the-counter pain reliever. Acetaminophen is broken down by the liver and can form byproducts that are toxic to the liver, so this warning is not completely without merit. But take it from a hepatologist, acetaminophen is the best option for pain relief for people with liver disease. Read on to learn why.

Swedish does extraordinary things because of our extraordinary people

May 31, 2016

A caregiver recently noticed and shared the following “rave” from a community member that was published in The Seattle Times on May 1. These stories are humbling and fill me with pride. Health care is a complex and challenging environment to work in — most days are fulfilling but there are hard, draining days. In the midst of it all, our teams of caregivers remain constant in their compassion.

Community Benefit: A promise to care for all

May 31, 2016
When someone comes through the doors of a hospital, it may be one of the most vulnerable moments of their life. When your health fails, you depend on experienced and knowledgeable providers to give you the best care possible. At Swedish, we believe everyone deserves that level of care, no matter who they are or their ability to pay. We take this commitment very seriously.

Blood thinners and how they can affect the GI tract

May 30, 2016

Anticoagulants and antithrombotics, commonly known as blood thinners, are used for a variety of medical conditions. They are particularly useful in preventing strokes and heart attacks in many people. But they also can cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, which can be life threatening in rare cases.