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For a baby cuddler, it’s rocking, cooing and cosseting

April 28, 2017
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A baby cuddler at Swedish Medical Center talks about the rewards of volunteering with tiny patients, many of whom must remain in the hospital for weeks or months because they were born prematurely. Baby cuddling takes patience and compassion. This cuddler explains the rewards.

5 ways to think more positively right now

April 28, 2017
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Do you struggle to be positive? If you are stressed out, mentally or emotionally exhausted, or unable to see the “silver lining,” you may think you are stuck feeling this way. This is common, but there are ways to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.

How Optimal Aging is helping Donna Hecker get back on her feet

April 27, 2017
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At “81½ and holding,” Donna Hecker says she feels like she’s 60. Learning to square dance is near the top of her bucket list, but her first goal is to drive again. She’s hoping Optimal Aging will help her do that. The service, provided by Swedish and open to anyone, connects people with nonmedical services that can help them with personal care and everyday life. And, in Mrs. Hecker’s case, companionship while she recovers from knee surgery.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a superbug?!

April 26, 2017

Are superbugs out to get us?  Based on recent reports in the news, this might appear to be the case.  Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to many commonly used antibiotics. Here’s how they develop and what we can do to limit the spread of superbugs.

How to de-stress homework for kids

April 26, 2017
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Just like adults, kids face pressure and stress every day. Especially when it comes to after-school assignments. Support your child’s mental health by making the task of homework less stressful with these expert tips. 

3 steps to lower your risk of diabetes

April 25, 2017
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Diabetes now is a global pandemic. Tens of millions of people have diabetes, and many are undiagnosed. As a family doctor, I’d like to share my advice on how to avoid this disease – or at least slow it down.

5 ways to overcome smartphone stress

April 25, 2017
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“Help, I’m suffering from phone-related stress!”

This may sound silly to some, but there appears to be some truth to the idea that smartphones can make life more stressful. 

Here are some tips to help you overcome smartphone stress.

When a child's cough means something more

April 24, 2017
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A loud cough from a child can startle parents into wondering if something is seriously wrong. In most cases, the underlying cause of a cough is relatively harmless. It may be something like hay fever or the result of a lingering cold. All children cough occasionally and a cough is just a reflex meant to clear the airway. But what if the cause is not something minor? What if it is something more serious?

Eat water with these 7 foods that hydrate you

April 21, 2017
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You probably know by now the old saying, “Drink eight glasses of water a day," is an estimate. The National Academy of Medicine suggests about eight pints a day for men and six pints for women. But if you’re like most people, finding time to do anything, even drink a glass water, can be a challenge. By including foods that are high in water content, we can stay ahead of the hydration curve. Check out these hydrating foods:

Do supplements for arthritis work? What the evidence shows

April 20, 2017
It's no surprise that many people with arthritis try supplements that are said to help with pain and mobility. But which ones really work, and which ones are a waste of money? To better help my patients, I reviewed the research literature on supplements. Here’s what I learned.
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