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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.

Gut bacteria and your kid’s immune system

March 30, 2017
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As a culture, we have become pretty obsessive about cleanliness, especially when it comes to our kids. After the park, after school, after a playdate and even after kids play with toys at home, many parents are quick to the draw with hand sanitizer. Is it too much? Have we jumped the shark when it comes to cleanliness and our kids?

Are you wracked by impostor syndrome? Banish self-doubt

March 29, 2017
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After winning an Oscar, actress Viola Davis recently said she feels like an impostor and fears everyone will soon see her for the “hack” that she is. If you’ve ever had those feelings of self-doubt, you aren’t alone. It’s called impostor syndrome, and most of us have experienced it. These feelings deprive us of celebrating our success. Here are some ways to avoid this way of thinking.

The human microbiome: Why you need to keep it healthy

March 28, 2017
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I recently attended the 2017 Swedish Pediatric Metabolic Health and Nutrition Summit and what I learned there was not only fascinating to me as a pediatric nurse, but as the mother of an 8-year-old.

Don't suffer postpartum depression in silence - there's help

March 22, 2017

Model Chrissy Teigen started a conversation recently when she opened up about her battle with postpartum depression. Depression after having a baby can cause fears and anxieties that make it hard for new moms to bond with their babies. But postpartum depression is very treatable. Here’s when and how to seek help so you can get back to normal and enjoy having a baby.

What you should know about chronic kidney disease in children

March 21, 2017
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Over the past 20 years, chronic kidney disease, or CKD, in children has been gradually rising. This has made it increasingly important for parents to watch for signs of kidney disease and help kids maintain a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, there are now ways to slow the progression of renal disease and help prevent other complications.

Scary thoughts after having a baby? We can help

March 20, 2017
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“How did they let me leave the hospital with this brand-new baby? How will I keep him alive?” This is a common refrain voiced by new parents in the first few days after their baby is born.  Unfortunately, many new parents (mothers and fathers) experience intense anxiety that something bad will happen to their baby. There’s help.

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.

When should you get checked for colorectal cancer?

March 20, 2017
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Colorectal cancer is rising among millennials, raising the question: Should people be screened earlier than they are now? Colorectal cancer can be prevented if polyps are caught early. Here’s when you should be screened if you’re at moderate or high risk for colorectal cancer. 

More teens using pot: What parents should know

March 17, 2017
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A recent study found that more eighth- and 10th-graders are using pot since Washington legalized marijuana. And more kids don’t think pot is harmful. But marijuana can hurt teens in lasting ways. Think IQ. Here are some signs your child might be using pot and how to respond.

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