Colonoscopy: The ‘Minor Inconvenience’ That Saves Lives

**By Vlad V. Simianu, MD, MPH** Learning she had colorectal cancer last year surprised Helen Nind. The 55-year-old mother of two had no family history of the disease, no symptoms and generally felt healthy. But the suspicious polyp that was found … [Read more...]

Know if the Shoe Fits: Top Footwear Tips for Runners

**By Jeffrey R. Pentek, DPM** Whether you occasionally jog, run a couple of days each week or regularly race competitively, a key to enjoying – and enduring – the sport is establishing and maintaining foot health practices, which include periodic … [Read more...]

Female Urinary Incontinence: Know the Non-Mesh Alternatives

**By Una Lee, MD** It is important for all women to be educated on how their urinary tract works and options that exist when problems occur. A mid-urethral mesh sling is a common surgery that treats stress urinary incontinence. It has been one of … [Read more...]

New Treatment Slows Tumor Growth, Improves Quality of Life

The epitome of frustration is, when your symptoms have taken control of your life and medical professionals can’t find a way to make them stop. For more than five years, that was Gig Harbor resident Ellen Dunn’s life. She suffered with ongoing … [Read more...]

Peer Partners Offer Encouragement and Support to Joint Replacement Patients

Patient peer partner volunteer speaks with orthopedics patient.

When it comes to innovation and improvement, Virginia Mason recognizes that patients are a valuable resource. This is especially true in the Peer Partners program. When former joint replacement patients were asked what could be done to improve their … [Read more...]

Sports Physicals for Teens Matter. Here’s Why.

**By Michael Dudas, MD, FAAP** Playing on a community or school sports team is a great way for kids to stay in shape, learn teamwork, commit to a healthy pursuit and have fun. This is probably why more than 38 million American children and teens … [Read more...]

“Fake” UTIs: Alternative Facts or Reality?

**By Una Lee, MD** Fake news has invaded our newsfeeds. There are even courses on how to tell fake news from legitimate news. But a fake urinary tract infection (UTI)? Is that even a thing? In fact, this fake is for real. A fake UTI is when a women … [Read more...]

Chronic Ankle Pain? You May be a Candidate for Replacement

**By Eric Heit, DPM** More than 30 years ago, Michael Diorio fell from a palm tree while trimming fronds at a San Diego apartment. The three-story fall crushed his left heel and fractured his right ankle. Over the years he's had seven surgeries on … [Read more...]

Discovering Healthy Sleep with Insomnia Therapy

**By Brandon Peters, MD** What if it were possible to resolve insomnia without the perpetual use of a sleeping pill? This is the very promise of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI), a drug-free treatment approach with multiple, … [Read more...]

Diabetes Registry Enables Safer, More Thorough Care for Patients

**By Nicholas Moy, MD** According to a landmark study published in 2016 in The Lancet, 422 million adults worldwide have diabetes. In the United States alone, diabetes statistics are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … [Read more...]