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...]

Blaire Burman, MD, Brings Intervention and Hope to East Africa

Dr. Burman treating a patient in Tanzania, Africa.

  Blaire Burman, MD, always had a feeling she’d become a doctor, but it was living in South Africa that sealed the deal. In 2001, funerals from AIDS deaths were weekly occurrences, compelling Dr. Burman to volunteer with children made … [Read more...]

Food for Thought: A Current Look at Children’s Food Allergies

David Jeong, MD

Whether or not we have a personal connection to food allergies, most of us are familiar with their impact. From peanut restrictions in schools to the prolific advertising of emergency auto-injectors, there’s a wider awareness of how severe food … [Read more...]

Kidney Paired Donation: New Strategy to Benefit Transplant Patients

Ken and Valeri Dean have much to smile about now that Valeri has her new kidney. “I feel like I can conquer the world,” she says.

Valeri Dean’s 32-year-old daughter, Jamie, was determined to give her mom a kidney, but she wasn’t even eligible to be tested. Valeri’s kidney disease was possibly genetic, so a blood relative’s donation was too risky. Valeri’s husband, Ken, had … [Read more...]

Stay Safe When Exercising During Dusk and Dawn

This owl wants you to stop and be safe when you're out exercising in the early morning and late evening.

Autumn’s daylight hours are slipping away a little each day, even though the switch back to standard time is still a few weeks away. So if you find yourself outside walking or exercising during dawn or dusk when it’s darker, follow these tips … [Read more...]

Think Pink This October


October means pumpkins and Halloween costumes – and everything in the stores is a festive orange and black. But for those of us who know someone who has or has been through breast cancer, the only color that matters this month is pink for breast … [Read more...]

Food Allergies Motivate Boys to Contribute to Research


Most kids take a backpack to school for their books and lunches. But since they were 4 and 7 years old, Aaron and Justin carry their backpacks everywhere. They are filled with lifesaving medications including epinephrine auto injectors and Benadryl. … [Read more...]

Easy After-School Snacks

Colorful cut vegetables

by Ingrid Ougland *** Every morning I send my son off to school with a lunch box filled with nutritious and tasty foods. Between the time he gets on the bus in the morning and the time he gets home, I have no idea what happens to this carefully … [Read more...]


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