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Know the signs of stroke: you may save a life

June 01, 2017
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The average age for a stroke is 65. But more young people, some in their late 20s to early 30s, are having strokes. Learn to recognize the symptoms of a stroke with the acronym FAST. Here’s what it stands for and what to do if you think you or someone else is having a stroke.  

6 things to consider before applying for disability

May 31, 2017
Many people with chronic neurological conditions have questions about when to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI. While there’s plenty of information on how to apply, there’s much less on what to consider before you apply. Here are some important points to think about before moving forward.

What to do if your child has a febrile seizure

May 02, 2017

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Fever-related illnesses are a part of growing up and developing a healthy immune system. But what a frightening experience when a child has a seizure during a fever! Some parents might immediately think a brain infection is the cause. This possibility needs to be ruled out, and for this reason a child needs immediate medical attention. Fortunately, in many cases, the child has simply had a febrile seizure.

How to promote healthy lifestyles among MS patients

April 28, 2017
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A recent study looked at what helped people with MS adopt healthy habits, and what hindered them from making changes. Five themes emerged.

New treatment for essential tremor is life-changing

March 31, 2017
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Essential tremor, a movement disorder, can make it nearly impossible for some people to use their hands. A breakthrough treatment called focused ultrasound has been very successful in helping many patients. Swedish is the only hospital in the Pacific Northwest to offer the treatment. One patient says focused ultrasound gave him his life back. He tells his story in this video.

Be a wise health consumer: How to avoid fraud and scams

March 22, 2017
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Fraudulent and unproven health products and services are a common problem, and billions of dollars are spent every year to promote them. What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some common red flags to watch for.

The worst lies you tell your doctor

March 20, 2017
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Going to the doctor can be scary or embarrassing for patients -- and this can sometimes lead them to lie to their physician. A little lie can't hurt, can it? When it comes to your health, it certainly can. You could be preventing an accurate diagnosis and hurting your chances for a longer, healthier life.

New brace helps some with MS keep moving: A hiker's story

February 23, 2017
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Difficulty walking is a common problem for people with multiple sclerosis, but a new brace is helping some of our patients get around better — and more safely.

MS Center studying drug that could promote myelin repair

October 26, 2016

An antibody discovered in the blood of people with the disease multiple myeloma is being studied by the Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish as a potential treatment for MS.

Studies presented at MS conference show mixed results

October 21, 2016
The annual meeting of the European Committee on Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, the largest scientific conference dedicated to MS, took place in September in London. We look at the highlights from more than 1,500 topics presented.
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