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January 06, 2017
Maybe you’ve seen it – a video of a dresser falling onto a toddler. The video has gone viral and is an example of hidden dangers at home for young children. Learn about the boy’s ordeal and about other not-so-obvious dangers from Elizabeth Meade, M.D., chief of Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center.
January 04, 2017
A cancer diagnosis can change many things in our lives, including how we feel about sex and intimacy. Radiation treatment, chemotherapy and some cancer surgeries can affect our sexuality. But good communications, support, post-cancer remedies and changes in our personal relationships can help us adjust and still enjoy this part of life.
January 03, 2017
Did you know that one of the most common chronic pediatric diseases is a totally preventable condition? This condition is tied to obesity and can shorten a person’s life span by 22 percent. Now, Swedish is hosting the first-of-its-kind symposium dedicated to this disease.
December 29, 2016
This was going to be a regular post about normal child development, but I’ve been troubled by health statistics that have made me ask myself: Why are so many children engaging in risky behaviors, and why are so many anxious, depressed and suicidal? Are we as parents, and as a society, failing our coming generation?
December 27, 2016
When we think about volunteer work, we usually think about helping those in need or our community. But volunteering also can help the volunteer. If you want to find a paying job, test your job skills, stay active or lift your spirits, volunteering may be right for you.
December 20, 2016
A new study suggests that limiting the number of hours you spend eating each day may help you lose weight. Fran Broyles, M.D., director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition for Swedish Medical Group, shares her thoughts on this approach.
December 19, 2016
Do you always end up with a bunch of holiday leftovers that you eventually have to throw out? Here are some tips to make sure that food doesn’t go to waste.
December 16, 2016
As health professionals, we are cultivated and groomed over countless years of training to have a great sense of empathy. As a practicing pediatrician and father, of course I have empathy for the kiddo with his or her first ear infection or strep throat. But my empathy doesn’t stop at caring for the little ones in our lives. I’m also empathetic to the plight of one of a pediatrician’s best friends. I feel sorry for my friend the flu vaccine. I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out.
December 14, 2016
Studies show an increase in cardiac deaths by almost 5 percent on Christmas Day, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day. All that overeating and stress typically associated with the holiday season could exacerbate existing conditions. Here’s how to stay healthy during the holidays.
December 12, 2016
Inflammatory bowel disease can lead to damage of intestinal tissues and symptoms such as abdominal pain and diarrhea. Dietary fiber can be friend and foe to people with IBD. Whole foods that are high in fiber can make symptoms worse during a flare-up, but they can also help prevent future flare-ups during remission.