Fine-Tuning Cells to Tune Out Disease: Immune System Discoveries Spur Hope

To understand what causes type 1 diabetes (T1D), imagine a spy novel. It starts with a hero, the T-cell, that roams your body like James Bond. The T-cell hunts down enemies — bacteria and viruses — and snuffs them out. Then something goes terribly … [Read more...]

Show Your Heart Some Love with These Five Tips

**By Mariko Harper, MD** February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to encouraging you to take control of your cardiovascular health. As the pandemic rages on, leaving those with poor heart health at a higher risk for developing severe … [Read more...]

Not Your Granddad’s Disease: Here’s What to Know About Gout

Gout. Unless you’ve suffered it firsthand, you could dismiss it as something your grandfather might have had. Despite its fuddy-duddy name, gout – a type of arthritis that occurs when extra uric acid in the body forms crystals in the joints – affects … [Read more...]

When Busy Hands Hurt: What Hand Pain May Be Telling You

**By Julie Roberts, MD** Numb fingers? Aching wrists? Hand pain? With the pandemic, many of us who are lucky enough to work from home are dealing with new or worsened hand and arm pain related to strange workspaces and unhealthy postures. Not only … [Read more...]

Triumph Over Diverticulitis: Nancy’s Story

There’s not much that slows Nancy Fauls down. She was one of the first female skippers to race schooners in the Pacific Northwest and knows how to stay calm and keep everything moving forward. Then in January 2019, the Port Townsend resident … [Read more...]

New Research Applies the Brakes to Type 1 Diabetes

A prevention study involving diabetes researchers and volunteers at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) showed a drug that targets the immune system — Teplizumab — can delay type 1 diabetes up to three years in children and adults at … [Read more...]

Bad Break, Good Outcome: Team Effort Restores Joint Function

“This is me leaving my apartment on my first day in Rome,” says Roberta Kelley, looking through her photo collection. “See how happy I was? And here I am having my first and only cup of espresso.” Roberta’s dream vacation ended abruptly when after a … [Read more...]

Yes, You Need a Flu Shot This Year — And Here’s Why

**By Christopher Baliga, MD** Flu season is fast approaching, which means it may be harder for you to tell the difference between a flu symptom and symptoms associated with COVID-19. Those affected with either illness have the potential to run a … [Read more...]

Managing Screen Time in a Virtual Learning Era

**By Traci McDermott, MD** Many students this year are attending school virtually. This means around eight hours of their day will be spent in front of a screen — far more than the recommended 60-minute daily screen-time limit. This can pose a lot … [Read more...]

New Friends for Life After Paired Donor Kidney Exchange

For a few years, Steve Harper had thought about donating a kidney. “I thought it would be a good thing to do,” Steve explains. “And sometimes thinking about doing something makes you feel like a better person and for a time, that was good … [Read more...]