Virginia Mason to Study Breath Test for Detecting Esophageal Cancer

Research is beginning at Virginia Mason Medical Center that will evaluate the accuracy of a breath test for detecting esophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. The project, supported by a grant from … [Read more...]

Caring for the Caregiver: Tips for Preventing Burnout

**By Bethany Davis, LSWAIC** As a clinical social worker who supports people living with cancer, I help patients navigate a very difficult time in their lives. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: The caregivers I meet, whether spouses, … [Read more...]

Well-Child Checks Help Keep Kids Healthy Throughout Their Lives

**By David J. Schneider, MD** Mercer Island resident Susan George is Mom to a 6-year-old stepson. But when she and her husband became parents to newborn son Kaden, Susan admits she found it a learning experience. After being referred by a friend to … [Read more...]

Donated Supplies Help Deliver Care in East Africa

Last summer, Phoebe Wright completed her third volunteer mission to the Elimlim Community Health Center in Kitale, Kenya. It was the second year the University of Washington biology major took medical supplies donated by Virginia Mason; basic items … [Read more...]

The Finer Points of Healing: Understanding Acupuncture

Patients walking through Virginia Mason's Health Resources Building in Seattle might be surprised to see signs for the Center for Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine on a hospital campus? Absolutely! It is actually a perfect fit. Integrative … [Read more...]

Reflections on Doctoring: Finding Joy and Healing in Africa

**By Una Lee, MD** It was my third trip to Mbarara, a bustling city in rural Southwest Uganda and home to a regional hospital. Visiting the first time as a UCLA fellow and then as an attending surgeon, the people and places had never left me. I felt … [Read more...]

Colonoscopy: The ‘Minor Inconvenience’ That Saves Lives

**By Vlad V. Simianu, MD, MPH** Learning she had colorectal cancer last year surprised Helen Nind. The 55-year-old mother of two had no family history of the disease, no symptoms and generally felt healthy. But the suspicious polyp that was found … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait — Get Your Flu Shot Now

  Visit one of Virginia Mason's walk-in flu clinic locations, open now through Nov. 30. What’s one of the best ways to stay healthy this holiday season? Get your flu shot. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, so now’s the … [Read more...]

Protect Loved Ones and the Community by Safely Tossing Prescription Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. But some prescribed medications become … [Read more...]

Knowing the Signs of Stroke Improves Outcomes, Saves Lives

Many of us have heard the phrase “time is brain” referring to the aftermath of a stroke. The most common type of stroke occurs when an artery in the brain becomes blocked, cutting off the flow of blood and oxygen to part of the brain. After a stroke, … [Read more...]