The Down Syndrome Program: A Supportive Medical Home for Families

When pediatrician Rebecca Partridge and her family moved to the Seattle area in 2008, finding a doctor for her son who has Down syndrome topped her list. But she was in for a surprise: no primary care Down syndrome program existed. Dr. Partridge got … [Read more...]

Living with Fatty Liver Disease: Karen’s Story

She has dealt with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease almost as long as she has been in her 42-year nursing career. For 62-year-old Cle Elum resident, Karen Anne Anderson, RN, that means she has practiced what she preaches – being her own best health … [Read more...]

You Zigged But Your Knee Zagged: How to Treat Mild Sprains and Strains

If playing sports will be part of your spring – whether on a team, tennis court or tossing a Frisbee around the local park – sprains and strains can result. What's the difference between a sprain and a strain? While both injuries have similar signs … [Read more...]

How Instagram – and Eating Vegan – Is Helping Create a Type 1 Diabetes Patient Community

by Marianne Beirne *** In today’s socially connected world, people living with medical conditions don’t have far to look to find others sharing their experiences. These growing patient communities have given rise to thousands of websites, blogs, … [Read more...]

Eye Safety Reminders for the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, Aug. 21, the Seattle area will experience a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun's disk. When the moon covers the entire solar disk it is called a total eclipse. While Seattle is not in the “path of totality,” or … [Read more...]

A New Life After Open Heart Surgery: Daniel’s Story

Daniel Lo, 77, was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer affecting plasma cells in the bone marrow. The condition was discovered when Daniel was scheduled for open heart surgery to repair blockages found during a routine … [Read more...]

Innovative Radiation Therapy Attacks Early-Stage Breast Cancer in One Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early-stage breast cancer. Since 2012, 350 patients have participated in the IORT clinical trial, receiving a … [Read more...]

Memory Loss? Don’t Panic. The Cause May Be Treatable.

**By Alison Koop with Richard Mesher, MD** Maybe you keep misplacing your car keys. Your spouse says you just asked the same question 10 minutes ago. Or perhaps balancing your checkbook has become a more difficult math challenge than it ever was. … [Read more...]

Eight Tips to Banish Holiday Blues

by Marianne Beirne *** Call me the Grinch, but I need to talk to you about holidays and depression. Thanksgiving and the subsequent holidays usually call up images – either in the media or our own memories – of smiling faces, laughter and festive … [Read more...]

Caring for People who are Transgender: What the Health Care Community (And All of Us) Need to Talk About

**By Una Lee, MD** “Enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.” –World Health Organization. This quote supports the fundamental belief that every person deserves compassion and … [Read more...]