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Time is brain so BEFAST to recognize stroke

May 22, 2018
May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and with 795,000 people suffering from a stroke each year in the United States, it is important to understand what a stroke truly is, what to do when it happens, and how to help prevent it.

Nirav H. Shah, MD, Medical Director of Stroke at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, explains how strokes are caused, how they are treated and how to prevent them from happening.

Why a positive body image is so important

May 21, 2018
How we talk about our children’s bodies (and our own) in front of them is key to setting up a healthy relationship with food and eating behaviors for the rest of their lives, says Dr. Elizabeth Meade.

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that people who were encouraged by their parents to diet during their teen years were actually more likely in adulthood to be overweight or obese, and have lower body satisfaction. They also tended to pass these messages on to their own children.

Ask a midwife: Could preeclampsia affect your pregnancy?

May 16, 2018
Could preeclampsia affect your pregnancy?

If you’re a woman who’s expecting or trying to conceive, you’ve probably heard of the term preeclampsia. But do you know what it means, and how it could potentially affect you if you develop this condition?

What to do about pelvic floor problems – decision making is a team event

May 15, 2018
For many women, some topics - often involving two major medical issues - can be hard to talk about, mostly because of embarrassment or social taboos.

How are you? Each of us is probably asked that question several times each day. We often go for the quick answer: Fine, great, getting along. For many women, some things can be much harder to say out loud, mostly because of embarrassment or social taboos.

Anaphylaxis can be a matter of life or death

May 14, 2018
Anaphylaxis is typically caused by allergies to animals or foods, says Paul Skomra, MD - a family practitioner with Swedish Mill Creek Primary Care in Everett, WA.

Anaphylaxis can be a life-threatening allergic reaction. Unlike a minor allergic reaction specific to one area of your body, anaphylaxis affects almost every part of you.

Ask the expert: All about hepatitis C

May 08, 2018
Baby boomers and people with certain risk factors should be screened for hepatitis C. Getting tested is easy; current treatments are simple and have a high cure rate.

Baby boomers and people with certain risk factors should be screened for hepatitis C. Getting tested is easy; current treatments are simple and have a high cure rate.

Putting yourself first: the importance of self-care

May 07, 2018
Being single doesn’t have to be accompanied by stigma. Spending time alone and caring for yourself leads to better relationships, better stress management and better mood.

Being single doesn’t have to be accompanied by stigma. Spending time alone and caring for yourself leads to better relationships, better stress management, and better mood.

Staying fit with your toddler

May 02, 2018
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Encouraging movement ensures healthy development and refines motor skills. Doing these exercises together with keep parents and toddlers healthy and fit.

Should you be worried about your teen 'juuling'?

April 30, 2018
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Despite its seemingly innocuous name, the consequences of partaking in juuling could result in serious potential health risks.

STI Awareness Month

April 30, 2018
You may hear the terms “STI” and “STD” used interchangeably – STI stands for sexually transmitted infection and STD stands for sexually transmitted disease. STI is a newer terminology which recognizes that not all sexually transmitted infections cause symptoms of disease, but really these two terms mean the same thing. While talking about sex and sexually transmitted infections might feel awkward, it’s important to have these conversations with both your doctor and your partner(s) in order to keep you safe and healthy.