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How important is 'tying one on'?

December 30, 2011

New Year’s Day is a day of celebration. A day for starting anew. We create resolutions to become help us be steadfast in reaching personal goals whether that’s to lose weight or stop smoking, or just be on time to work. We have a happy, fresh outlook on a new year.

But, there is a lurking danger following all those midnight celebrations. There is an increase in infant deaths on New Year’s Day. A 33% increase in infant deaths, in fact.

There is not a clear reason for these deaths. They are probably not all SIDS deaths since SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusion

The bottom line is parents of infants must make good decisions and safe arrangements for their infant before they decide to celebrate the new year....

Using robotic technology to improve outcomes in myasthenia gravis and thymoma

December 28, 2011

New technologies have the potential to improve patient outcomes but need to be carefully studied so that patients will maximally benefit.  Robotic thymectomy for myasthenia gravis and thymomas was introduced at Swedish in May of 2009 after careful evaluation of our outcomes with traditional sternotomy and VATS thymectomy.

One of the more challenging aspects of being a surgeon is to understand how new technologies can benefit your patients and how those technologies might become part of your practice. If you’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy, read Time magazine or the Wall Street Journal or surfed the web recently, you’ll be aware of the da Vinci surgical robot. The robot has allowed many different surgical specialties to operate in confined areas of the body with tiny instruments placed through equally small incisions thereby avoiding a larger incision. In thoracic surgery, one of the confined spaces is an area in front of the heart where a gland called the thymus reside...

Family Fertilizer

December 23, 2011

Family traditions are (technically) those repetitive memories from our childhood that are associated with a happy time. They could be repeated for holidays, birthdays, summer vacation, or any sort of annual occurrence. Some traditions are attributed to religions or culture, or for no reason other than they were fun to do.

Traditions create security and predictability during our childhood. We find comfort in predictability. As we get older and have children of our own, we like to recreate that secure, happy feeling for our own kids.

Some of us were not fortunate enough to have a family life as children that lent to the creation of traditions. Creating them for our children can be challenging. How do you create something when you never had it as a child, when you were never shown how?

The most important piece is....

Healthy Holiday Drinks

December 21, 2011

As we enter the holiday season, it usually means we're running to more parties and more opportunities to indulge in tasty treats and drinks....

Have a Safe Holiday Season

December 16, 2011

So, here we are again. Right in the middle of the holiday season. This beautiful time of year when we have extra lights and candles and glass ornaments decorating the house. Regardless of which, if any, holidays you and your family celebrate, chances are your child will be exposed to pretty, new, shiny things to discover. When you’re decorating, and you have crawlers or toddlers in the house (whether they’re yours or they’re visiting), you’ll want to take certain precautions to protect both the babes and the pretty decor.

Pomegranate Orange Dressing

December 14, 2011

Ingredients: 3/4 cup 100% Pomegranate Juice Juice and zest of one orange ¼ cup red wine vinegar 2 Tbs honey Salt ...

Acorn Squash with Cranberry Quinoa

December 14, 2011

Ingredients: For Squash 1 acorn squash 2 Tbs honey 1 Tbs olive oil 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp cayenne For Quinoa- ...

Golden-Crusted Brussels Sprouts

December 14, 2011

Source: Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. (Celestial Arts, Berkeley, 2007). Ingredients 24 small Brussels sprouts, trimmed with ragedy...

Festive Roasted Veggies

December 14, 2011

Ingredients: 1 pound carrots, peeled, cut on the diagonal into ½” strips ½ pound Brussels sprouts, outer leaves...

Substantial Spinach Salad

December 14, 2011

Ingredients: 4 cups washed and rinsed baby spinach 2 ripe pears 1 Tbs lemon juice 4 baby Clementine oranges 1 Tbs dried...

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