How to Ensure You Get the Health Care You Deserve

**By Jane Dunham, MD** While your health care team does everything in their power to provide appropriate care, the fact is, nobody knows your body better than you. Therefore, it’s important to be a partner in your medical care: speak up about your … [Read more...]

Warm Weather Stresses Your Heart: Tips to Stay Cool

**By Mariko W. Harper, MD, MS, FACC** Did you know that warm weather can put stress on your heart? When temperatures rise, the heart must work harder to keep the body cool. This isn’t great news for those living with heart disease because these … [Read more...]

The COVID-19 Vaccine and Kids: A Pediatrician Weighs In

**By Derrick L. Soong, MD, FAAP** As research on COVID-19 continues, how the virus affects adults is more widely apparent than how it affects kids. Preliminary studies have shown us that children are seemingly not transmitting the virus as easily … [Read more...]

Get the Pelvic ‘Floor-One-One’

**By Kathleen Kobashi, MD, FACS, FPMRS** While pelvic floor health disorders can seem alienating, it is important to know that you’re not alone and there are a variety of ways to treat bothersome symptoms. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in … [Read more...]

Q&A with a Family Doctor: Tips for a Happy, Healthy, Safe Birth

There are lots of articles out there about birthing styles, the best ways to give birth and how to prepare for birth. However, despite what they might tell you, it turns out there is not one “right” way to give birth. We sat down with Dr. Juliana … [Read more...]

A Smile is Worth A Thousand Words: The Benefits of Virtual Health Care

**By Nicholas Moy, MD** Virtual care is changing the way we think about health care. According to the CDC, there was a 50% increase in the number of telehealth visits in the first three months of 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019. As an … [Read more...]

Fine-Tuning Cells to Tune Out Disease: Immune System Discoveries Spur Hope

To understand what causes type 1 diabetes (T1D), imagine a spy novel. It starts with a hero, the T-cell, that roams your body like James Bond. The T-cell hunts down enemies — bacteria and viruses — and snuffs them out. Then something goes terribly … [Read more...]

Show Your Heart Some Love with These Five Tips

**By Mariko Harper, MD** February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to encouraging you to take control of your cardiovascular health. As the pandemic rages on, leaving those with poor heart health at a higher risk for developing severe … [Read more...]

When Busy Hands Hurt: What Hand Pain May Be Telling You

**By Julie Roberts, MD** Numb fingers? Aching wrists? Hand pain? With the pandemic, many of us who are lucky enough to work from home are dealing with new or worsened hand and arm pain related to strange workspaces and unhealthy postures. Not only … [Read more...]

Triumph Over Diverticulitis: Nancy’s Story

There’s not much that slows Nancy Fauls down. She was one of the first female skippers to race schooners in the Pacific Northwest and knows how to stay calm and keep everything moving forward. Then in January 2019, the Port Townsend resident … [Read more...]