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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.

MS Center November pet (angel) of the month

November 30, 2015
Meet Truitt, a tenderhearted pet therapy dog who has a soft spot for hospital patients and doubles as an angel.

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.

Managing multiple sclerosis to stay employed

November 23, 2015
When confronted with managing MS at work, many people find themselves in a dilemma about selecting a survival plan that best meets their needs professionally and personally.

Vitamin D Levels in Multiple Sclerosis and Subclinical Disease Activity

November 20, 2015

Low vitamin D levels are thought as a risk factor for the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Multiple clinical trials are under way to determine whether vitamin D supplementation can reduce the severity of the disease.

Focusing on the 'Thanks' in Thanksgiving

November 20, 2015
As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it is a good time to focus on giving thanks. Research shows that practicing gratitude can result in a number of benefits, including improved physical and psychological health. People who practice gratitude take better care of themselves, engage in more protective health behaviors like exercise and eating healthy, and get regular check-ups.

Introducing solids to your baby

October 26, 2015
Being a pediatric dietitian, I had pretty lofty ideals when it came to my own son’s introduction to solid foods. I had dreams of making everything from scratch with my baby food steamer/processor using only organic foods. I also intended to introduce foods one at a time, with only one new food every 3 days. It quickly became apparent that my ideals were not practical or realistic to do 100% of the time as a full time working mom. Making food from scratch takes time. Also knowing that between 4-6 months old is a window of time to introduce foods to prevent allergies, I realized there are a lot more foods to introduce than can be fit into a 3 month window using that system. Easier said than done!

Here are a few things I learned from my own experience, combined with my expertise as a pediatric dietitian: