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Proteomics identifies protein changes in multiple sclerosis and CIS

September 24, 2013

A recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE found differences in protein levels of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) among people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS).

Using the relatively new field of proteomics, researchers were able to identify each individual protein in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)—86 total—and compares their levels among people with relapsing MS, clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and healthy individuals. People with RRMS had different levels of 20 proteins compared to people with CIS. Seventy five percent of those proteins related to neurons (rather than myelin). Changes were particularly notable f...

Transgender Breast Augmentation

September 23, 2013

For many transgender patients, breast augmentation is an important step in establishing a feminine identity. This procedure allows men to present themselves as women more easily in public and private. The genetic male's chest anatomy differs from genetic females, and this has to be taken into account by plastic surgeons performing this operation.

Neck lump or mass

September 20, 2013

A palpable neck lump in any patient should raise some concern.  In the case of a pediatric patient, the concern may be less, since reactive and infectious nodes in the neck can be fairly common in children.  When a child has a bad episode of pharyngitis, tonsillitis (sore throat), or even a bad cold, the lymph nodes of the neck may react and become enlarged.  In that type of scenario, your doctor should prescribe appropriate antibiotics to resolve the enlarged lymph nodes and follow up to make sure that the nodes have regressed.

Very few pediatric neck masses will end up being concerning.  Besides infectious neck lymph nodes as stated above, some of the other more common causes of pediatric neck mass are congenital cysts.  However, none of the pediatric neck masses should be ignored.  A neck lump that persists for more than a few days should be looked at by a pediatrician.

In the adult population, a neck mass or lump can be much more concerning.  ...

No-Cook Meals for Multiple Sclerosis - Week 4: Southwest Chop Salad

September 17, 2013

It may be the last official week of summer, but this no-cook meal for multiple sclerosis can be enjoyed during any season. This salad’s simple ingredients are available year-round. Make it now and enjoy it again when you need a break from winter weather.

Recipe: Southwest Chop Salad

 

Super Food: Avocado

The oleic acid in avocados will help keep you satisfied and full. Oleic acid tells the body to ...

12th Man Fans: Protect your voice and hearing!

September 13, 2013

The infectious energy of Seahawks fans is part of what makes the team one of the most exciting to watch in the NFL.  This team spirit has caught the attention of Guinness world record officials who are verifying that the “12th Man” fans are the loudest in the NFL.  You can show your support and enjoy being a part of the “12th Man” while taking a few precautions to protect your hearing and your voice during and after the game. 

Swedish Otolaryngology cheers on the Seahawks.

Here are a few tips:

  • Wear hearing protection during the game. 

High lev...

Amazing Race host and multiple sclerosis advocate Phil Koeghan visits Swedish

September 13, 2013

 

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at Swedish had a unique visitor last week: Phil Koeghan, host of the Amazing Race (or road warrior for FOX Breakfast Time if you were a mid-90s morning talk show fan).

Phil and his wife, Louise, came by for a tour Friday afternoon and met with some of the Swedish MS Center staff. They were visiting Seattle with their professional bike team to participate in the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s local Bike MS event.

Phil’s team rode Saturday among 135 other teams and individual cyclists, including the Swedish S’Myelin Babes. Sw...

Oncology social workers help patients with cancer

September 11, 2013

“What happens if my insurance won’t pay for all of this treatment? How do I tell my young daughter about my cancer? My spouse is really struggling, but I don’t know how to help him.” “I’m scared.”   “I’m angry”   “I’m sad”    “I’m confused.”

If you are faced with a diagnosis of cancer, you may be asking similar questions and wondering where to turn for answers. A good place to start is with an oncology social worker.

No-Cook Meals for Multiple Sclerosis - Week 3: Tuna and Fennel Sandwiches

September 10, 2013

It’s back-to-school time and this week’s no-cook meal for multiple sclerosis is a twist on an American childhood mainstay; the tuna fish sandwich. Instead of mayonnaise and pickles, this meal uses flavorful olive oil, tangy vinegar and fresh crunchy vegetables.

Recipe: Tuna and Fennel Sandwiches

 

Super food ingredient: Chunk light tuna

There is strong evidence that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can lower triglycerides and blood pressure. Make sure to choose “chunk light tuna,” which is three times lower in mercury than the solid white or albacore tuna.

Also choose water-packed tuna over oil packed. Some of the omega-3 fatty acids leak into the added oil and will be lost when you drain the can. Because water...

Managing your fall allergies and symptoms

September 09, 2013

Although it’s hard to avoid everything that triggers fall allergies, there are many things that can be done to limit or treat the side effects so everyone can enjoy the season.

What allergies present in the fall?

Dirt-based molds are the main trigger of fall outdoor allergies. Mold is in decaying that plant material in yards and parks, as well as in pumpkin patches, hay and barns. Because we tend to close up our homes as the weather gets worse, inside allergens may get worse. Indoor mold, dust mites and our pets can trigger symptoms.

How do I know I have fall allergies?

Symptoms are the same as you might experience in the spring. Congestion, sneezing, post-nasal drip and itchy, watery eyes are the most common signs of fall allergies.

How can I limit allergens and reduce allergy symptoms?

Tips for kids with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

September 06, 2013

Working as a CMA (certified medical assistant) in Swedish Pediatric Gastroenterology, I have the responsibility and honor of taking care of children diagnosed with a variety of gastrointestinal problems, one of the most serious being Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  IBD is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic intestinal inflammation.  Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main types of IBD, depending on the location and depth of inflammation in the gut. 

As I work with the families of children diagnosed with IBD, I am constantly amazed at what a complicated job they have, balancing life between a chronic illness and the challenges of “...