Are You Allergic to Bee Stings?

One of my worst childhood memories came courtesy of my father’s attempt to remove a hornet’s nest from the bush on the side of our house. I managed to come outside at exactly the same time one of the angry insects decided to seek revenge. Instead of … [Read more...]

Did You Miss Melanoma Monday?

When the first few days of May bring about torrential downpours in the Seattle area, the thought of slathering on sunscreen to protect against skin cancer is likely far from one’s mind. And Melanoma Monday – a day set aside to bring awareness to this … [Read more...]

Should I Get a Mammogram?

I turned 40 in February and was reminded a few weeks later at my annual exam that it was time to start thinking about getting a mammogram. Great – as if turning into a woman of a certain age wasn’t hard enough, I now had to gather the motivation to … [Read more...]

April is for Alcohol Awareness: 5 Steps to Safer Drinking

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. As one of the most widely used drug substances in the world, alcohol is often part of socializing with family and friends, but it is easy to overdo it. So, let’s take a moment to look at our drinking habits and … [Read more...]

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time

We’ve almost made it out of the dark Pacific Northwest winter – daylight saving time brings longer days next week when we switch the clocks forward Sunday, March 9, at 2 a.m. However, this springtime ritual snatches away an hour of sleeping time and … [Read more...]

What is the best way to avoid the flu?

Flu season is back in the Pacific Northwest and hitting us with a big punch in the collective gut and we’re not at the peak yet. At Virginia Mason, we are seeing many patients with moderate to severe illness. Public Health – Seattle & King County … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays and New Year from the Health and Wellness Team

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Celebrate Safely with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

Ah, the holidays – a fun-filled time of good food. That is if you’re free from a food allergy  or celiac disease. Last April, I was diagnosed with celiac disease and joined the millions of others who view the holiday feasting season with more dread … [Read more...]

Occupational Therapy Helps Older Drivers Maintain Mobility

My 94-year-old grandmother recently made the decision to give up driving after being pulled over by a police officer for driving too slowly. (She also ignored the police officer’s sirens and lights, didn’t pull over immediately and kept pleasantly … [Read more...]

How Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Can Be Avoided

A few weeks into our winter weather season, and we've already had one major storm with power outages. Since this storm happened over the change from daylight saving time to standard time, perhaps you, like me, may have forgotten to change the … [Read more...]