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Neuroplasticity Model of Music Therapy

June 04, 2015
Listen to this podcast about how music therapy can help stimulate alternative pathways in the brain as well as help facilitate control of movement.  The MS Center at Swedish offers group Music Therapy sessions with a licensed musical therapist. 

Is my vaginal discharge normal

June 01, 2015
If you’re a woman who has wondered whether your vaginal discharge is normal, you’re not alone. Read on to learn the characteristics of normal discharge, understand why it may change and get tips for good hygiene.

Sharing Knowledge with Nursing Colleagues in China

May 18, 2015
As the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Director of Quality and Clinical Practice, I  recently went to China to advocate for the nurses role in cancer supportive care and patient education.  Sponsored by Merck Oncology, I spoke at the Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV) Summit in Beijing to 200 providers from across China.

Dealing with Vaginal Prolapse

May 13, 2015
Women's bodies change with time, and as I advise my patients, it takes conscientious effort to counteract gravity, aging, and time's effects on our bodies. One of our most vulnerable places for feeling the pull of gravity over time, is our vaginal support. When the vaginal supports fail, this is called vaginal prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Office Location Changing June 8, 2015 from First Hill to Madison Valley

May 12, 2015

As of June 8, 2015, Sandra C. Walker will be relocating her practice to Seattle's Madison Valley.  

Patient Story: Anti-Reflux Surgery Cures 30 Years of GERD Symptoms

May 11, 2015

"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues.  My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along.  By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night.  If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat..."

Medical Mission in Ethiopia Month 8 Part 2

May 11, 2015
It has been an emotional week.  Quite likely the most difficult emotional week since our arrival.  On Thursday we received an email from my Dad.  The email heading was, “Kulshan 1999-2015.”  My heart became a ball of aluminum foil.  Oh no.  Our beloved family golden retriever dog of 15 1/2 years.  The kids were in their room, playing, laughing, giggling.  Mark was on a Skype call with the U.S., I was catching up on emails.  I saw the headline and said, “Oh no….  Josh.  Sonja.  Please come.”  I did not say another word.  Together we read Dad’s artful recount of Kulshan’s last few days.  And the tears started to flow.

Outstanding Pediatric Neurology Care at Swedish

May 11, 2015
On Jackson Sullivan’s third day of life, his parents learned that their tiny son had suffered a stroke.  Dr. Ednea Simon, a pediatric neurologist, took charge of the struggling newborn’s care during his month-long stay at Swedish. Dr. Simon closely monitored Jackson’s progress and became more optimistic as each day passed.

Bariatric Surgery: Helping with the Neurobiology of Obesity

May 04, 2015
"Today's epidemic of overweight and obesity threatens the historic progress we have made in increasing America's quality and years of healthy life." Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, wrote in The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010. As we gain weight, we impact our health.

There are multiple factors and causes of obesity. Thirty years ago, 13% of Americans were obese. Today, over 34% are obese. What we eat, our children will eat. The prevalence of obesity in children has increased from 5% to 17% over the same period according to the CDC.

What Hearing Aids are Right for Me?

April 29, 2015

If you have been identified with a hearing deficit and have been told you could benefit from amplification (hearing aids), you’re probably asking "how do I decide what is right for me?"