Sports Physicals for Teens Matter. Here’s Why.

**By Michael Dudas, MD, FAAP** Playing on a community or school sports team is a great way for kids to stay in shape, learn teamwork, commit to a healthy pursuit and have fun. This is probably why more than 38 million American children and teens … [Read more...]

The Down Syndrome Program: A Supportive Medical Home for Families

When pediatrician Rebecca Partridge and her family moved to the Seattle area in 2008, finding a doctor for her son who has Down syndrome topped her list. But she was in for a surprise: no primary care Down syndrome program existed. Dr. Partridge got … [Read more...]

Living with Fatty Liver Disease: Karen’s Story

She has dealt with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease almost as long as she has been in her 42-year nursing career. For 62-year-old Cle Elum resident, Karen Anne Anderson, RN, that means she has practiced what she preaches – being her own best health … [Read more...]

“Fake” UTIs: Alternative Facts or Reality?

**By Una Lee, MD** Fake news has invaded our newsfeeds. There are even courses on how to tell fake news from legitimate news. But a fake urinary tract infection (UTI)? Is that even a thing? In fact, this fake is for real. A fake UTI is when a women … [Read more...]

Chronic Ankle Pain? You May be a Candidate for Replacement

**By Eric Heit, DPM** More than 30 years ago, Michael Diorio fell from a palm tree while trimming fronds at a San Diego apartment. The three-story fall crushed his left heel and fractured his right ankle. Over the years he's had seven surgeries on … [Read more...]

You Zigged But Your Knee Zagged: How to Treat Mild Sprains and Strains

If playing sports will be part of your spring – whether on a team, tennis court or tossing a Frisbee around the local park – sprains and strains can result. What's the difference between a sprain and a strain? While both injuries have similar signs … [Read more...]

Discovering Healthy Sleep with Insomnia Therapy

**By Brandon Peters, MD** What if it were possible to resolve insomnia without the perpetual use of a sleeping pill? This is the very promise of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI), a drug-free treatment approach with multiple, … [Read more...]

Diabetes Registry Enables Safer, More Thorough Care for Patients

**By Nicholas Moy, MD** According to a landmark study published in 2016 in The Lancet, 422 million adults worldwide have diabetes. In the United States alone, diabetes statistics are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]

Medical Referral to Community Program Can Fight Obesity, Prevent Disease

**By Brandon Auerbach, MD, MPH** According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of American adults are obese. Among American teenagers, 21 percent are obese, which is up from only 5 percent in 1980. Obesity … [Read more...]

New Heart Valve Possible for More Patients with TAVR

**By Moses Mathur, MD, MSc, FACC** Less than a decade ago, replacing the aortic valve required open-heart surgery and involved a long recovery. Then in 2002, the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was performed in France – a … [Read more...]