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...]

New Research Applies the Brakes to Type 1 Diabetes

A prevention study involving diabetes researchers and volunteers at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) showed a drug that targets the immune system — Teplizumab — can delay type 1 diabetes up to three years in children and adults at … [Read more...]

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...]