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...]

Keeping Your Breasts Healthy Now and in the Years to Come

Virginia Mason - University Village - Grand Opening

by Eva Khan, ARNP *** Lumps, bumps, pain and wanting a different size. What is the common source of these problems?  If you haven’t guessed, it’s a woman’s breasts. Breast issues can range from serious, like breast cancer, to cosmetic, … [Read more...]

Surviving Prostate Cancer: Bill’s Story


My name is Bill and I am a software engineer. In the fall of 2010, I was sitting on my father's front porch in Milwaukee when I got the call confirming I had prostate cancer, the same disease that had killed my grandfather and was about to end my … [Read more...]

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...]


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