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Swedish nurse rides for MS research, treatment

November 23, 2016
Jen Vetrovs, a nurse at the Swedish MS Center, is participating in Bike the US for MS 2017. Between May 27 and Aug. 4, she will ride 4,295 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Seattle. She needs your help!

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.

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.

Electronic Media Use and Your Child

November 16, 2016
With the winter months fast approaching, many families can expect to see rainy-day screen time exposure surge in the coming weeks. But what is an appropriate amount of time for your child to be using electronic media and what are the consequences to learning and development as a result of this exposure?

Talking to your child about the election

November 15, 2016
After a tumultuous election cycle, it may be difficult for parents to discuss or start a dialogue with their children on topics that became heated during the election. Here’s a resource that can help.

Help for MS patients choosing health insurance for 2017

November 14, 2016
It’s that time of year again. Time for health insurance decisions. Many of our multiple sclerosis patients are probably reviewing their current plans, and considering whether they need to change plans or adjust the ones they have now. Here’s information and resources to help you make those decisions.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month: There's hope

November 09, 2016
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. But there’s hope for people with lung cancer. Here’s where we stand in 2016 and what you can do to help prevent lung cancer, raise awareness of the disease and promote research.

Focus on mental health

November 04, 2016
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Mental illness is a reality for millions of Americans of all ages, races and cultural backgrounds. “It doesn’t matter what you look like or where you are from, mental illness can affect anyone,” said Arpan Waghray, M.D., medical director of behavioral health at Swedish. In fact, 50 percent of people experience mental health challenges at some point in life - ranging from a brief bout of the blues, to depression or anxiety.

Pilonidal disease: painful, inconvenient and embarrassing

November 03, 2016

Imagine you’re a teenager and your world revolves around trying to be cool. Then you get pilonidal disease, a skin infection near the tailbone that can cause severe pain, discharge and deep embarrassment. Parents who are aware of this disease can help a suffering child.

The silent epidemic of viral hepatitis

November 01, 2016

Approximately 3.5 to 5.3 million Americans are infected with viral hepatitis, but most people do not know they are part of a silent epidemic. This puts them at greater risk of developing severe complications of hepatitis and more likely to spread the virus to others. That’s why the federal government has called on certain groups of Americans to get tested for chronic forms of hepatitis and, if needed, undergo treatment.