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...]

POEM Procedure is Life Changing for People with Achalasia

Sometimes you experience a health dilemma early in your life, and when you can’t find a solution, you learn to adapt. That was the case for Virgil Leedy, who lives in Weiser, a northern Idaho town with 5,500-plus residents. Just over 30 years ago, … [Read more...]

Community Partner Spotlight: Edward Thomas House

Edward Thomas House is named after a patient who got back on his feet in the program after decades of homelessness and chronic illness. Operated by Harborview Medical Center, the facility offers short-term, recuperative care to homeless patients who … [Read more...]

Worth the Distance: Advanced Cancer Treatment Helps Alaska Man After Just One Infusion

**By Hagen F. Kennecke, MD, MHA, FRCPC The day after Christmas in 2016 brought unwelcome news for Wasilla, AK resident Josh McCool. McCool, then 26, was diagnosed with a rare tumor of his adrenal gland, called a pheochromocytoma … [Read more...]

Staying Ahead of Heart Failure: Janet’s Story

To see Janet Henry now, as a successful Human Resources executive for an international chain of stores, and gracious hostess who loves to entertain, it’s hard to realize all she has been through. In the space of one year, she experienced serious … [Read more...]

Total Ankle Replacement Restores Function

Roger Dunn battled chronic ankle pain for decades, an unwelcome side effect of playing college football and repeat injuries over the years. Finally tired of “dragging it along,” Roger got an appointment close to home with foot and ankle surgeon … [Read more...]

Stressed Out? Time to Cue the Music

Can listening to music improve your mood? Most of us would agree music can generate happy feelings, but is there actual science behind it? A 2013 study showed that music can not only elevate mood, but bolster emotions that help people relax, deal … [Read more...]