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...]

Helping Your Child Wear a Mask During COVID-19

**By Rebecca Partridge, MD** If you are a parent of a young child during the pandemic, you know firsthand how hard it can be to explain what is going on and why your child must wear a face covering when in public places or around people outside of … [Read more...]

Prioritizing Your Health During COVID-19

**By Donna L. Smith, MD** Reports indicate nearly one-third of U.S. adults have avoided seeking medical care because they are worried about contracting COVID-19, and experts are concerned about deaths from non-COVID-19 illnesses that could be due to … [Read more...]

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child, Even During a Pandemic

**By David J. Schneider, MD, FAAP** The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently reported a plunge in vaccination rates for children, with numbers suggesting childhood vaccination rates essentially halting from March to April 2020 during the … [Read more...]

Tips for Summer Travel During COVID-19

**By Chia Wang, MD** Summer is underway and many of us are feeling restless and ready to get out and enjoy the warm weather. Some of us are itching to see family and friends whom we may not have seen for a while. But is it safe to travel this summer … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Pandemics: The 1918 Flu and COVID-19

**By Chris Baliga, MD, and David Wilma** “We’re in unprecedented times.” During the COVID-19 pandemic, we hear variations of this statement on repeat. While current times are heartbreaking and incredibly trying, there is, in fact, a precedent. As … [Read more...]