Actinic Keratosis: Get the Facts About this Common Pre-Cancer

**By Eric Brumwell, MD** The name may be unfamiliar, but the appearance is common. Although you may not have heard of actinic keratosis, if you’re someone who spends time in the sun, you run a high risk of developing one or more in your lifetime. … [Read more...]

Am I Having a Heart Attack? What to Expect in the Emergency Department

**By Julianna T. Yu, MD, FACEP** As an emergency medicine physician, I am trained to prepare for every potential scenario. Conversely, most people do not plan ahead prior to coming to an emergency department for an urgent medical condition. A few … [Read more...]

Don’t Let the Numbers Fool You: A User’s Guide to Nutrition Labels

woman comparing food labels in store

by Marianne Beirne *** Ever stood in the grocery aisle, staring at the nutrition label of a can of soup or box of cereal and tried to figure out if it was “healthy” or not? It can feel like you need an advanced degree in mathematics or chemistry to … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Your Visit: What Your Gynecologist Wishes You Would Do

**By Linda S. Mihalov, MD, FACOG** No matter a woman’s age or how comfortable she is with her gynecologist, she may still be unsure about a few things – like which symptoms are worth mentioning, how often to make an appointment and how to prepare … [Read more...]

Heart Failure: Proper Management Improves Quality of Life

**By Sara Weiss, MD** According to the American Heart Association, heart failure affects 6.5 million Americans and is projected to increase 46 percent by 2030, impacting more than 8 million people. Unfortunately, this common condition was given one … [Read more...]

Minimally Invasive Treatment for Carotid Artery Disease Reduces Stroke Risk

**By Nathan Aranson, MD** Virginia Mason is among the first medical centers in the United States to offer patients a minimally invasive procedure called transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) to treat carotid artery disease and decrease the … [Read more...]

Heartburn or Heart Attack? Pay Attention to Symptoms

**By Gordon L. Kritzer, MD, FACC** Since large meals are often part of celebrating, it's easy to overdo it on special occasions. If you've just eaten a big meal and you feel a burning sensation in your chest, you might think it is heartburn, and it … [Read more...]

When Laughing Leads to Leaks: Dealing with Stress Urinary Incontinence

**By Una Lee, MD** What is stress urinary incontinence? Have you ever laughed so hard you leaked urine? Do you leak urine when you run, dance, or work out? If you do and it happens consistently, you may have stress urinary incontinence (SUI). SUI … [Read more...]

GERD, Barrett’s Esophagus and the Risk for Esophageal Cancer

**By Donald E. Low, MD, FACS** Ellensburg resident Kathleen (Kathi) Brunson is lucky and she knows it. Her good fortune – namely in the form of better health – is something she’s thankful for every day. The 75-year-old Japanese-American, who was … [Read more...]

Are You 50 or Older? Why a Football Star Says you Need the Shingles Vaccine

**By Alison Koop** Have you seen the TV commercial with football great Terry Bradshaw? He’s urging adults over age 50 to be vaccinated for shingles (a virus that inflames nerve endings). He’s got a point: Studies show that most of us underestimate … [Read more...]