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Nutrition A Vital Component to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle

June 17, 2015
Most people know that a healthy lifestyle is the ultimate goal; but often it isn’t very easy to achieve. There are several components to a healthy lifestyle:
  • A well-balanced diet
  • Regular exercise
  • A good night’s sleep
  • A moderate approach to reducing stress

Protect Against Melanoma in Kids

June 08, 2015

A study recently reported that melanoma rates have risen 250% in children and young adults since the 1970s.  Another study found that between 1973 and 2009, pediatric melanomas (age 19 or younger) increased by 2% per year.  As medical providers we are seeing an upward trend in skin cancers in all age groups – but predominantly among young women, which is thought to be due to tanning practices.  We also know that even rare sunburns early in childhood can dramatically increase risk for melanoma later in life.  There are lots of ways that parents can help protect children from sun exposure – here are some tips to help us do our best as summer approaches!

Biotin for Progressive MS: Surprise from the American Academy of Neurology Meeting

June 06, 2015

Undoubtedly the most talked-about study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Washington, DC, was the study of high-dose biotin for progressive MS (PPMS or SPMS). The authors conducted a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study across 16 MS centers in France, comparing placebo with MD1003, a proprietary purified high dose biotin. 154 patients participated in this 12-month study. The primary endpoint of the study was the proportion of patients who improved at 9 months (compared to the entry at the study), with sustained improvement at 12 months. 12.6% of patients in the MD1003 arm improved, compared to 0% in the placebo arm. The treated group, as a whole, had improved disability scores compared to placebo group. MD1003 was well-tolerated.

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.

Study in France Shows Patients with Primary or Secondary Progressive MS Benefit from Vitamin B7

May 26, 2015
Biotin is vitamin B7. There is a group in France studying Biotin. They published a small study a few months ago, and a larger study was presented at the AAN meeting last month. The results of the study were reported to show a benefit in patients with primary or secondary progressive MS. There were 154 patient enrolled in this study, half on biotin and half on placebo. The outcome measured was the number of people who improved on their disability at 9 months and who continued to be improved at 12 months. 

Nutrient Rich Foods for Multiple Sclerosis

May 22, 2015
Many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients take supplements for their health. The natural substances that have the most evidence based medicine for health in MS are ensuring adequate levels of Vitamin D, B-12, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Calcium.

Brian Livingston, M.D., Named Chief Executive and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish Ballard

May 21, 2015
Swedish announced today that Brian Livingston, M.D., MBA, FACEP, current Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish First Hill, has been appointed Chief Executive and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish Ballard. He will assume this new role on June 1, 2015.

Life with multiple sclerosis for children and parents

May 20, 2015

A patient of mine said that if he did not tell his children about his MS, he would have missed 10 years of their support.

The article, Informing the Children When a Parent Is Diagnosed as Having Multiple Sclerosis, mentions chronic neurological disease in one person affects the entire family and has a significant impact on the lives of children. Typically, when a person is diagnosed with MS, information from the health care provider is disseminated to the "ill" person, who then informs the rest of the family. However, children in the family are seldom the primary recipients of information delivered by health care professionals. Unfortunately, it has been reported that children without "thorough" information about their parents' MS have lower emotional well being than those who are better educated.

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.