Facing Prostate Cancer: Michael’s Story

To return his doctor’s phone call, Michael Webb found a remote office in his building and shut the door. A recent blood test showing an uptick in Michael’s prostate-specific antigen, or PSA – a protein produced by prostate cells – had prompted a … [Read more...]

Healing Sounds: The Power of Therapeutic Music

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...]

Virginia Mason Physicians Volunteer at Kenya Hospital

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...]

Breathing Easier: Noninvasive Therapy Helps Treat Sleep Apnea

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...]

Good Medicine and Perseverance: A Winning Strategy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Playing competitive soccer for most of her 26 years, Dani Foxhoven knows something about pain. Bumps and bruises are routine; rolled ankles are hardly unique. In high school, Dani made a slide tackle to block a shot, the ball fracturing her femur … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason Surgeons Treat Spine Disease in Sri Lanka

A 16-year-old girl with severe scoliosis traveled to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka for a chance at a new life. An international volunteer medical team had arrived to perform complex spine surgeries alongside a few of the local surgeons, while … [Read more...]

Advanced Procedure Makes Heart Valve Replacement Possible for More Patients

When Bob Partridge’s cardiologist told him it was time to treat his faulty heart valve, Bob was very aware of the problem. He couldn’t walk the 14 steps from his basement to the kitchen without stopping to catch his breath or even make it across his … [Read more...]

Care Comes from the Heart at Bailey-Boushay House

Nurses at Bailey-Boushay House take on some of the most challenging patient care there is. But as you'll find in the stories that follow, they wouldn't want to do anything else. Sarah Mulogeta, RN Inpatient Program Sarah Mulogeta first heard of … [Read more...]

Can How You Eat Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer? Mediterranean Diet Study Suggests Link

In September study results published in JAMA Internal Medicine got a lot of attention: the almost five year study showed women who followed a version of the Mediterranean diet significantly lowered their risk of developing breast cancer. The … [Read more...]

A Labor of Love: Creating Hats for Hope

Kailey Druffel has visited Virginia Mason a number of times, but not as a patient. Her mother, Shelly, was a surgical technician at Virginia Mason when Kailey was young, before a long battle with breast cancer took Shelly’s life. Now her mom’s former … [Read more...]