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February 01, 2016
James Bowen, M.D., the medical director of the MS Center at Swedish, was named to the 2016 list of Top Doctors in Seattle. Learn about his philosophy of caring for people with multiple sclerosis.
January 28, 2016
The MS Center’s Dr. James Bowen is a part of the HALT-MS trial, which has made the list of the 20 top research advances supported by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID).
January 28, 2016
If you’re pregnant or planning to be, you may be paying attention to the news about the Zika virus. Here is an update about what we know so far.
January 27, 2016
Head and neck cancers commonly refer to malignant tumors originating in the tongue and throat region. Traditionally, those cancers were caused by long-term tobacco use and high alcohol consumption. But in the past three decades, more and more of these cancers have a new cause.
January 20, 2016
There is a quiet public health crisis in the US that is unknown to many parents and even physicians. Addiction to opiates, or narcotics, has skyrocketed. It is estimated that more than 2 million Americans abuse prescription opiate drugs, and we are now seeing increasing rates of heroin use for the first time in decades. This epidemic includes children.
January 19, 2016
You may have heard of the Zika virus and be wondering what the dangers are and who should be concerned. The CDC has issued an advisory for pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant.
January 13, 2016
How do you cope with a cancer diagnosis? What can you do to lower your risk of getting cancer? When it comes to cancer, there is a lot to learn. The Education Department at the Swedish Cancer Institute offers regular cancer education classes.
January 11, 2016
When assessing patients, the four routine measurements of their status include their temperature, blood pressure, respiration and pulse. Pain has been recognized as the “fifth vital sign,” since it also reflects a patient’s status and needs. For our pediatric patients, pain is assessed along with routine vitals and also as dictated by a patient’s specific medical circumstances.
January 08, 2016
This is the third 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 pleuripotent stem cells. The term “pleuripotent” means that these cells are capable of growing into any tissue in the body.
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.