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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.

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.

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.

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