How Instagram – and Eating Vegan – Is Helping Create a Type 1 Diabetes Patient Community

by Marianne Beirne *** In today’s socially connected world, people living with medical conditions don’t have far to look to find others sharing their experiences. These growing patient communities have given rise to thousands of websites, blogs, … [Read more...]

Understanding the Pelvic Floor: Five Things Women Should Know

**By Una Lee, MD** What is the pelvic floor and why is it important?  The pelvic floor is not a “floor” but more like a “bowl” of muscles and connective tissues that sits within the bony pelvis. This is a critical structure because it supports … [Read more...]

Empowered to Choose: What Women Should Know about Screening Mammography

These days women are getting conflicting recommendations about when to start screening mammograms and how often to have them. I talked with breast surgeon Janie Grumley, MD, who says that a better understanding of mammograms as a screening tool and … [Read more...]

Integrated Behavioral Health: Taking Care of the Body and Mind

A Virginia Mason patient for 32 years, Tom Cyr visited his primary care physician with some familiar complaints. He had back pain, a side effect from a hard physical career, and his damaged knee – a decades-long condition requiring multiple surgeries … [Read more...]

When Colon Cancer Spreads: Advanced Treatments Help People Live Longer, Better

**By Flavio G. Rocha, MD** Cancer that starts in the colon can sometimes spread to other parts of your body, including the liver. Another name for it is metastatic, or stage IV, colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer … [Read more...]

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness with the Housing Stability Project

In a weekly skill-building class at Bailey-Boushay House, outpatient program clients are quietly finishing a journal entry. Group leaders Angela Brock, occupational therapist, and Billy Burton, clinical case manager, assure the group that sharing … [Read more...]

Rapid Access TIA Clinic Reduces the Risk of Stroke

What if you suddenly experienced a stroke symptom – weakness, slurred speech, a change in vision or numbness in your body – that completely disappeared after a few minutes? You may have just suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), sometimes … [Read more...]

Eye Safety Reminders for the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Seattle area will experience a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. When the moon covers the entire solar disk it is called a total eclipse. While Seattle is not in the “path of totality,” or … [Read more...]

Genital Grooming: What to Know Before Going Bare Down There

**By Una Lee, MD** Pubic hair is a fact of life. The pattern of hair that grows on our genitals is a natural part of our body, and it serves a purpose. Pubic hair helps protect our genital organs and provide a layer of defense, first as a physical … [Read more...]

Joint Replacement: The Right Procedure at the Right Time Can Improve Quality of Life

**By Kevin MacDonald, MD** Joint replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate … [Read more...]