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...]

Medical Referral to Community Program Can Fight Obesity, Prevent Disease

**By Brandon Auerbach, MD, MPH** According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of American adults are obese. Among American teenagers, 21 percent are obese, which is up from only 5 percent in 1980. Obesity … [Read more...]

New Heart Valve Possible for More Patients with TAVR

**By Moses Mathur, MD, MSc, FACC** Less than a decade ago, replacing the aortic valve required open-heart surgery and involved a long recovery. Then in 2002, the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was performed in France – a … [Read more...]

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...]