Eye Disease and Diabetes: Early Detection Helps Preserve Vision

Thomas Saunders, OD

**By Thomas Saunders, OD** As a doctor of optometry, I help care for the eye health of hundreds of Puget Sound-area residents each year. With more than 9 percent of Americans having been diagnosed with diabetes and millions more still undiagnosed, … [Read more...]

Remember These Simple Steps for Years of Healthy Skin

Catherine Pham, MD

**By Catherine Pham, MD** As a dermatologist, I often hear from patients that they don’t have time for intensive skin care. However, people should still take care of their skin by doing the basics over their lifetimes. Good skin care and … [Read more...]

Can How You Eat Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer? Mediterranean Diet Study Suggests Link


In September study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine got a lot of attention: the almost five year study showed women who followed a version of the Mediterranean diet significantly lowered their risk of developing breast cancer. The … [Read more...]

A Labor of Love: Creating Hats for Hope

Kailey and John Ryan, MD, a retired Virginia Mason surgeon and longtime family friend.

Kailey Druffel has visited Virginia Mason a number of times, but not as a patient. Her mother, Shelly, was a surgical technician at Virginia Mason when Kailey was young, before a long battle with breast cancer took Shelly’s life. Now her mom’s former … [Read more...]

Five Things You May Not Know About the Penis

**By Una Lee, MD** Since writing the post “Five Things Worth Knowing about the Vagina,”  I’ve been meaning to give equal time to the complex organ belonging to the other team: the penis. As a urologist, I’m committed to demystifying the parts … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Vaginal Prolapse. Don’t Worry, I’ll Start.

Amy gets ready backstage.

**By Una Lee, MD Recently I was lucky enough to have a patient who wanted to help other women, even if it meant talking about something many would find way too personal. Amy joined me on the show New Day Northwest to describe what it’s like when … [Read more...]

Having Both Knees Replaced at the Same Time Has Advantages

David Kieras, MD, FAAOS

**By David Kieras, MD, FAAOS If someone you know has severe arthritis in both knees that greatly reduces their quality of life, they may be a candidate for bilateral simultaneous knee replacement surgery, where both joints are simultaneously … [Read more...]

Overuse Injuries: Education and Pacing Are Keys to Prevention

William Callahan, MD

Summer in Seattle means more people – of all ages and fitness levels – are taking part in sports and other outdoor pursuits. Although just about any aerobic activity is good, too much of a good thing done too quickly may cause more harm, often in the … [Read more...]

Vigilance and Prompt Treatment Are Keys to Concussion Management

Rebecca Partridge

**By Rebecca Partridge, MD A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. While we often hear about head injuries in athletes, most concussions happen off the playing field — in car and bicycle accidents, fights and even minor … [Read more...]

Ann Hagensen, RN: Improving Medical Education in Central Africa

Ann spends time with the local children.

Landing in a small plane on a grass-covered runway in the middle of a jungle is the quiet part of Ann Hagensen’s journey to Africa. Because once the doors open, she and the traveling medical team are welcomed by throngs of locals from Karawa, a … [Read more...]


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