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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.

What to do when your child's legs aren't straight

May 25, 2016
Many children have bowed legs or knocked knees. Read on to find out what is normal and when you should seek advice from a pediatric orthopedic doctor.

New Nutrition Label

May 23, 2016

The FDA just finalized its new Nutrition Facts Label, which will now include the amount of added sugar found in packaged foods.  While this is great news, parents still need to be vigilant when it comes to sources of hidden sugar in foods. This blog highlights key points to remember.

Spring cleaning should include your medicine cabinet

May 23, 2016


A lot of people look to spring as the time to finally tackle dust bunnies and an overflowing closet or toy box. This extra cleaning energy should also extend to your medicine cabinet.

Structural reasons to postpone newborn circumcision

May 18, 2016
For parents who wish to circumcise their sons shortly after birth, there may occasionally be structural or anatomic reasons to defer the procedure. Here’s a look at some of the urologic reasons it may be best to avoid newborn circumcision and what to expect if circumcision is performed later.

Recognizing ALS Awareness Month

May 17, 2016
May is ALS Awareness Month and while the ice bucket challenge may not be prominent on your Facebook feed this year, we strive to bring attention to this disease every day. This year, Swedish opened the ALS Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

Anything worth doing is hard

May 16, 2016
by: Phil See
In October 2002, some colleagues and I, all musicians, had agreed to provide entertainment for a Halloween party at the organization where I worked. I was to play keyboards and sing. Two days prior to the event, I got up to get a glass of water and my right ear started ringing. I felt lightheaded and then I noticed my entire left side went a little numb. That day changed my life, but I took control.