Knee Replacement: Targeted Pain Control is Key to Recovery

Of the more than 600,000 knee replacements done in the U.S. each year, the number of people in their 50s and even 40s having the procedure is growing. While carrying excess weight is one factor -- one pound of excess weight is equal to five pounds of … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason to Study Breath Test for Detecting Esophageal Cancer

Research is beginning at Virginia Mason Medical Center that will evaluate the accuracy of a breath test for detecting esophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. The project, supported by a grant from … [Read more...]

Donated Supplies Help Deliver Care in East Africa

Last summer, Phoebe Wright completed her third volunteer mission to the Elimlim Community Health Center in Kitale, Kenya. It was the second year the University of Washington biology major took medical supplies donated by Virginia Mason; basic items … [Read more...]

Reflections on Doctoring: Finding Joy and Healing in Africa

**By Una Lee, MD** It was my third trip to Mbarara, a bustling city in rural Southwest Uganda and home to a regional hospital. Visiting the first time as a UCLA fellow and then as an attending surgeon, the people and places had never left me. I felt … [Read more...]

Don’t Wait — Get Your Flu Shot Now

  Visit one of Virginia Mason's walk-in flu clinic locations, open now through Nov. 30. What’s one of the best ways to stay healthy this holiday season? Get your flu shot. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, so now’s the … [Read more...]

Protect Loved Ones and the Community by Safely Tossing Prescription Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. But some prescribed medications become … [Read more...]

Knowing the Signs of Stroke Improves Outcomes, Saves Lives

Many of us have heard the phrase “time is brain” referring to the aftermath of a stroke. The most common type of stroke occurs when an artery in the brain becomes blocked, cutting off the flow of blood and oxygen to part of the brain. After a stroke, … [Read more...]

POEM Procedure is Life Changing for People with Achalasia

Sometimes you experience a health dilemma early in your life, and when you can’t find a solution, you learn to adapt. That was the case for Virgil Leedy, who lives in Weiser, a northern Idaho town with 5,500-plus residents. Just over 30 years ago, … [Read more...]

Community Partner Spotlight: Edward Thomas House

Edward Thomas House is named after a patient who got back on his feet in the program after decades of homelessness and chronic illness. Operated by Harborview Medical Center, the facility offers short-term, recuperative care to homeless patients who … [Read more...]

Worth the Distance: Advanced Cancer Treatment Helps Alaska Man After Just One Infusion

**By Hagen F. Kennecke, MD, MHA, FRCPC The day after Christmas in 2016 brought unwelcome news for Wasilla, AK resident Josh McCool. McCool, then 26, was diagnosed with a rare tumor of his adrenal gland, called a pheochromocytoma … [Read more...]