Game Therapy Shows Promise for Treating “Lazy Eye” in Children

Hee-Jung Park, MD

A common cause of decreased vision in children is amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye.” Often confused with strabismus, or the misalignment of the eyes, amblyopia refers to vision reduction in one eye due to the brain favoring the other eye. Any … [Read more...]

Surviving Renal Cell Cancer: Yaffa’s Story

Yaffa with baby Nesiya

My name is Yaffa Grace Penski. I am 45 years old, married and have four children ages 14, 13, 10 and 8 months. I am a career coach, life coach and recruiter. And my husband and I have a small fitness studio on Mercer Island for adults and kids. I … [Read more...]

Surviving Pancreatic Cancer: Kris’s story


My name is Kris and I'm happy to say I turned 63 in April 2015. When I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 6, 2011, it was a very, very dark day. At that time, I had a teenage son and daughter, two Bichon Frises, a bunny and a wonderful … [Read more...]

Ice Sculpture Resonates with People Touched by Cancer


On April 27, Virginia Mason made cancer disappear. Five-foot tall letters made of ice spelled the disease, then slowly broke apart into icy rubble under blue sky at Seattle’s Westlake Center. Part of the “See What’s Happening to Cancer” campaign, … [Read more...]

Surviving Lymphoma: Matthew’s Story


My name is Matthew. I'm a city manager and I live in Ellensburg, Wash., with my wife and two children. We love doing outdoor things like camping and bike riding and treasure our annual trip to Disneyland. We are all proper Disney nerds! Two years … [Read more...]

Earth Day Is Every Day

Brenna Davis, director of Sustainability

By Brenna Davis In a country where health care is the second largest producer of waste (behind fast food), we are working hard to be a sustainable health care leader. Why? Because providing quality care includes preventing environmental illness … [Read more...]

Five Things Worth Knowing About the Vagina

Dr. Una Lee

By Una Lee, MD Ever wish certain body parts came with an instruction manual? Particularly the parts that are less visible and tend to multi-task? Today we pull back the curtain on some interesting facts on a complex apparatus about half of us own: … [Read more...]

New ‘Therapy Car’ Helps Orthopedic Patients Avoid Injury

A physical therapist helps patient get seated in the therapy car.

Getting in and out of a vehicle is something most of us take for granted. But if you’ve just had a hip or knee replaced, suddenly ordinary maneuvers seem daunting or even dangerous. Discharge from the hospital usually means approaching a vehicle for … [Read more...]

New Drug Therapy Helps Prevent HIV Infection


In April 2014, the Washington State Department of Health introduced a drug assistance program to help eligible individuals get medication that significantly reduces their chance of HIV infection. The daily prescription drug, Truvada, contains two … [Read more...]

Therapeutic Music Brings Comfort to Virginia Mason Patients

Jessica Gallo
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Jessica Gallo's love for the harp started in grade school, when her grandfather would often take her to lessons. Years later a series of strokes put her grandfather in the hospital. Jessica was in college studying harp performance when he fell ill … [Read more...]


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