Heartburn or Heart Attack? Pay Attention to Symptoms

A mature businessman with severe chest pain.

**By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC** Since large meals are often part of celebrating, it's easy to overdo it on special occasions. If you've just eaten a big meal and you feel a burning sensation in your chest, you might think it is heartburn, and it … [Read more...]

Healing Sounds: The Power of Therapeutic Music

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Jessica Gallo rolled her half-size harp into a patient’s room, finding her hunched in a tight ball, her face contorted in pain. It was intolerable, the patient told her, but Jessica learned from the patient’s nurse she had just received her … [Read more...]

When Laughing Leads to Leaks: Dealing with Stress Urinary Incontinence

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**By Una Lee, MD** What is stress urinary incontinence? Have you ever laughed so hard you leaked urine? Do you leak urine when you run, dance, or work out? If you do and it happens consistently, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI … [Read more...]

GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and the Risk for Esophageal Cancer

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**By Donald E. Low, MD, FACS** Ellensburg resident Kathleen (Kathi) Brunson is lucky and she knows it. Her good fortune – namely in the form of better health – is something she’s thankful for every day. The 75-year-old Japanese-American, who was … [Read more...]

Eight Tips to Banish Holiday Blues

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by Marianne Beirne *** Call me the Grinch, but I need to talk to you about holidays and depression. Thanksgiving and the subsequent holidays usually call up images – either in the media or our own memories – of smiling faces, laughter and festive … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason Physicians Volunteer at Kenya Hospital

Pictured from left: Vijay Yanamadala, MD; Jean-Christophe Leveque, MD; W. Blake Rogers, MD, director, NuVasive Spine Foundation; Hunter Volk, market development manager, NuVasive

Last September at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, residents in orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery got a sense of what their U.S. counterparts experience. Virginia Mason complex spine fellow Vijay Yanamadala, MD, traded information … [Read more...]

Are You 50 or Older? Why a Football Star Says you Need the Shingles Vaccine

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**By Alison Koop** Have you seen the TV commercial with football great Terry Bradshaw? He’s urging adults over age 50 to be vaccinated for shingles (a virus that inflames nerve endings). He’s got a point: Studies show that most of us underestimate … [Read more...]

Awareness and Surveillance: Critical Tools in the Fight Against Anal Cancer

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**By David Aboulafia, MD** Anal cancer is a subject most people would rather not discuss, because of its anatomical location, along with an unfortunate stigma attached to the malignancy. Although tragic, actress Farrah Fawcett’s openness about her … [Read more...]

Breathing Easier: Noninvasive Therapy Helps Treat Sleep Apnea

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Most of us are familiar with a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea, when soft tissue near the throat obstructs air flow during sleep. But there are two things you may not know – that obstructive sleep apnea or sleep-disordered breathing can … [Read more...]

Child not into team sports? Check out these six kid-friendly alternatives for fun and exercise

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**By Alison Koop** Not every kid is interested in team sports. But what do you do when telling your son or daughter to “go outside and get some exercise” doesn’t work? If you’re looking for something more inventive to coax your child away from … [Read more...]