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Flu vaccine: the black sheep of the vaccine family

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.

Have a happy holiday, not a heart attack

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.

Inflammatory bowel disease and dietary fiber

December 12, 2016
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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.

Beware of amber teething necklaces, doctor says

December 08, 2016

Frazzled parents with cranky teething babies may be tempted to try anything to ease their child’s pain. But Elizabeth Meade, M.D., a Swedish pediatrician, says not everything on the market is safe. She explains why she’s warning against amber teething necklaces.

Don't waste your time and money on a fructose breath hydrogen test

December 05, 2016

In searching for why a child might have chronic bellyaches or other gastrointestinal symptoms, I often come across doctors ordering a test called a...

MS Center holiday party

December 05, 2016

Come celebrate the holidays at the MS Center at Swedish. Join us for refreshments, music and activities to put a twinkle in your eye. Get all the details.

How stigma and hiding MS can hurt a patient's health

December 01, 2016
Earlier this year, a study looked at why people with MS hide their disease and how this concealment can actually be harmful. Many people with other chronic conditions are in a similar situation.

Could you be a living kidney donor?

November 28, 2016
For many of us, it’s hard to ask for help. So imagine what it would be like to ask a family member or friend for a kidney. Being a living kidney donor is a big decision, but there have been tens of thousands of these donors in the U.S. since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant was done. Are you a possible donor? Here’s some basic information to get you thinking about it.

Lung cancer screening can save lives

November 23, 2016
The best way to treat lung cancer successfully is to catch it early. A Swedish patient and former longtime smoker shares his story and explains why he believes a screening saved his life.

Mom's bacteria could prevent allergies in kids

November 23, 2016
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When babies are born, they encounter bacteria for the first time as they pass through the womb and into the world. That might not sound healthy, but it is. Elizabeth Meade, M.D., assistant chief of pediatrics at Swedish, explains why.