Women: Don’t Ignore These Signs of Heart Attack

**By J. Susie Woo, MD, FACC** Marysville resident Wendy Knowles never thought she was at risk for a heart attack, especially since she is only 47 and lives a healthy lifestyle. But when she recently experienced muscle spasms in her shoulders, … [Read more...]

The ABCs of RA: What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

**By Amish Dave, MD, MPH** What is rheumatoid arthritis?  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints that, according to the Arthritis Foundation, affects more than 1.3 million Americans. It is a common autoimmune … [Read more...]

It’s Not Too Late to Protect Yourself from Flu

**By Uma Malhotra, MD** Flu activity is increasing in Washington state this month, after a sharp increase across the country around mid-December. Did you get your flu shot? If not, do it now – it's not too late. Flu season usually peaks in January … [Read more...]

Testing Cognitive Function: One Piece of the Health Care Puzzle

**By Norifumi Kamo, MD** Eldon Hill, a 96-year-old retired OB/GYN, was showing signs of memory loss.  His son, Carter Hill, also a physician, noticed his father seemed to forget how to write checks, and struggled to keep up with his passion for … [Read more...]

More than Medication: How Pharmacists Help in Your Care

**By Alison Koop** When her pharmacist left the neighborhood drugstore, my friend felt adrift. This one pharmacist had always been there to answer her questions in between doctor visits. She could ask him whether a new drug prescribed by her … [Read more...]

Understanding the Pelvic Floor: Five Things Women Should Know

**By Una Lee, MD** What is the pelvic floor and why is it important?  The pelvic floor is not a “floor” but more like a “bowl” of muscles and connective tissues that sits within the bony pelvis. This is a critical structure because it supports … [Read more...]

When Colon Cancer Spreads: Advanced Treatments Help People Live Longer, Better

**By Flavio G. Rocha, MD** Cancer that starts in the colon can sometimes spread to other parts of your body, including the liver. Another name for it is metastatic, or stage IV, colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer … [Read more...]

Genital Grooming: What to Know Before Going Bare Down There

**By Una Lee, MD** Pubic hair is a fact of life. The pattern of hair that grows on our genitals is a natural part of our body, and it serves a purpose. Pubic hair helps protect our genital organs and provide a layer of defense, first as a physical … [Read more...]

Joint Replacement: The Right Procedure at the Right Time Can Improve Quality of Life

**By Kevin MacDonald, MD** Joint replacement is a type of orthopedic surgery where parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device called a “prosthesis.” The prosthesis is designed to replicate … [Read more...]

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Exercise Bursts with Surprising Benefits

**By Drew Baldwin, MD, FACC** Whether or not you’re a runner, it’s hard not to be impressed by Glen Cook’s accomplishment. The Midwest native has run the Chicago Marathon every 10 years since 1982, and he has finished faster each time. Yet … [Read more...]