Are You Squinting through Summer? Maybe It’s Time for an Eye Exam

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**By Thomas Saunders, OD** August is National Eye Exam Month, and may be the perfect time to consider a comprehensive vision examination. In many ways, the eye serves as a window to the rest of the body’s health, and routine eye examinations are an … [Read more...]

Gynecologic Surgery: Minimally Invasive Approach Now an Option for More Procedures

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**By Jil Johnson, DO** As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have an appreciation for health care needs unique to my patients. I love that medical advances over the last five to 10 years have allowed me to help many women with an array of treatment … [Read more...]

A Look at Macular Degeneration: The Leading Cause of Blindness

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**By Connie Chen, MD** Although their fame was the result of individual talent, Stephen King, Georgia O’ Keefe and Bob Hope all share something in common – they all suffered from macular degeneration. Often referred to as age-related macular … [Read more...]

Specialized Treatment Centers Improve Quality of Life for People with ALS

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By Lynne P. Taylor, MD, FAAN, FANA Imagine being seemingly healthy one day and the next being diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative neurological disorder that will slowly interfere with your ability to move, speak, eat and even breathe. This … [Read more...]

Women and Sex: Six Things to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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**By Una Lee, MD** If the female sexual response seems mysterious and complicated, it is - like anything that involves both mental and physical systems. To shine a light on a few of these mysteries, let’s discuss some of the latest research and what … [Read more...]

Surviving Breast Cancer: Linda’s Story

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I'm Linda and I'm 68 years old. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. When I had my regular mammogram, something didn't look right. They wanted me to come back for another mammogram and ultrasound. That showed a possible tumor and a … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason Surgeons Treat Spine Disease in Sri Lanka

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A 16-year-old girl with severe scoliosis traveled to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka for a chance at a new life. An international volunteer medical team had arrived to perform complex spine surgeries alongside a few of the local surgeons, while … [Read more...]

Celebrating National Nurses Week: A Nurse Volunteer Helps Military Families Feel at Home

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Sherry Taylor is a busy registered nurse, but she makes time every week to help support a unique program that is close to her heart. Sherry volunteers at the United Service Organization (USO) center at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. There, … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Preventing Falls as We Age

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**By Alice Kim, MD** If you are an older adult a simple thing can change your life, like tripping on uneven pavement or slipping on a slick surface. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do every year. Although a … [Read more...]

Greener Hospitals for a Greener Planet: The EnviroMason Way

As we celebrate another Earth Day, Virginia Mason remains committed to providing the highest quality health care while preserving our natural environment now and for generations to come.   … [Read more...]

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