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What I wish Dad had known: Alcohol and the family

April 13, 2017
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I miss my father. He should be around to be granddad to my wonderful boys, helping me raise them to be good men. But he was an alcoholic who slowly drank himself to death. If you have a drinking problem, your family would love nothing more than for you to quit. And there’s help.

Introducing peanuts early to help prevent peanut allergy

April 11, 2017
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In January 2017, food allergy experts issued updated guidelines recommending most infants be fed peanut proteins starting at around 6 months of age.  Emerging research suggests peanut exposure starting at an early age may help reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy.

10 minor skin issues that may mean serious problems

April 11, 2017
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Skin conditions that seem innocent can actually signal something much more serious.

10 delicious recipes offer a nutritious spin on dinner

April 10, 2017
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These 10 nutritious, delicious dinner recipes from food gurus offer guilt-free satisfaction. 

When to keep your sick child home from school

April 04, 2017
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If you’re a parent, it’s probably safe to assume that you have at one time or another received the dreaded call: “Good afternoon. Please come pick up your child. She came to the nurse’s office, and she has a fever.”  The first thing you ask yourself: When can my kiddo go back to school?

Why heavy drinkers with cancer need to level with their doctors

March 31, 2017
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Heavy alcohol consumption plays a synergistic role with heavy tobacco consumption in the development of head and neck squamous cell cancers, commonly known as cancer of the mouth, nose or throat. But the intense stigma associated with heavy drinking can lead patients to hide information when transparency is needed the most.

New treatment for essential tremor is life-changing

March 31, 2017
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Essential tremor, a movement disorder, can make it nearly impossible for some people to use their hands. A breakthrough treatment called focused ultrasound has been very successful in helping many patients. Swedish is the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest to offer the treatment. One patient says focused ultrasound gave him his life back. He tells his story in this video.

How to tell if your child has lead poisoning

March 31, 2017
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Four million homes in the U.S. have high levels of lead, which can be a health hazard, especially for kids. There’s no safe level of lead in a child’s blood, so it’s crucial to get treatment if your child does have lead poisoning. Here’s how to spot it in children, and how to remove or prevent it in your home.

Gut bacteria and your kid’s immune system

March 30, 2017
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As a culture, we have become pretty obsessive about cleanliness, especially when it comes to our kids. After the park, after school, after a playdate and even after kids play with toys at home, many parents are quick to the draw with hand sanitizer. Is it too much? Have we jumped the shark when it comes to cleanliness and our kids?

Are you wracked by impostor syndrome? Banish self-doubt

March 29, 2017
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After winning an Oscar, actress Viola Davis recently said she feels like an impostor and fears everyone will soon see her for the “hack” that she is. If you’ve ever had those feelings of self-doubt, you aren’t alone. It’s called impostor syndrome, and most of us have experienced it. These feelings deprive us of celebrating our success. Here are some ways to avoid this way of thinking.