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...]

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...]

A Message from Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO

Virginia Mason CEO supports White Coats for Black Lives in open letter.

To Our Community: I am writing with a heavy heart, and I’m sure many in our community share my feelings. The senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and George Floyd in Minnesota are tragic. These events shine yet … [Read more...]

Tips to Keep Your Immune System Healthy During COVID-19

Exercise can help de-stress and boost our immune system.

**Medically Reviewed by Amy Portacci, DO** Keeping your immune system healthy is important anytime, but even more so during the current COVID-19 pandemic. That’s because our bodies have never met this year’s coronavirus, which means we have no idea … [Read more...]

Tips for Staying Active During Self-Isolation and COVID-19

Staying active at home during self-isolation and COVID-19

**By Priya Kanwar, MD and Bandana Sharma, MD** Self-isolation during this pandemic can take a heavy toll on one’s mental and physical well-being. Many of us are still figuring out our new routines and being confined to a single space doesn’t help, … [Read more...]

Tips for Talking to Children About COVID-19

**By David Schneider, MD, FAAP** The COVID-19 pandemic is taking over our news feeds, social media, conversations with friends and family—pretty much everywhere we look or listen, you will find a mention of COVID-19. It can be overwhelming for many … [Read more...]

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...]