Tips for Talking to Children About COVID-19

**By David Schneider, MD, FAAP** The COVID-19 pandemic is taking over our news feeds, social media, conversations with friends and family—pretty much everywhere we look or listen, you will find a mention of COVID-19. It can be overwhelming for many … [Read more...]

Finding Calm in a Crisis: Changing What We Tell Ourselves

**By Bethany Davis, LSWAIC** “I’m feeling too much all at once.” Is this what you think when people ask “how are you” during the COVID-19 crisis? If so, you’re not alone: the impact the pandemic is having on our lives, families and communities … [Read more...]

Caring for the Caregiver: Tips for Preventing Burnout

**By Bethany Davis, LSWAIC** As a clinical social worker who supports people living with cancer, I help patients navigate a very difficult time in their lives. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: The caregivers I meet, whether spouses, … [Read more...]

The Finer Points of Healing: Understanding Acupuncture

Patients walking through Virginia Mason's Health Resources Building in Seattle might be surprised to see signs for the Center for Integrative Medicine. Integrative medicine on a hospital campus? Absolutely! It is actually a perfect fit. Integrative … [Read more...]

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...]

Don’t Wait — Get Your Flu Shot Now

  Visit one of Virginia Mason's walk-in flu clinic locations, open now through Nov. 30. What’s one of the best ways to stay healthy this holiday season? Get your flu shot. Flu activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks, so now’s the … [Read more...]

POEM Procedure is Life Changing for People with Achalasia

Sometimes you experience a health dilemma early in your life, and when you can’t find a solution, you learn to adapt. That was the case for Virgil Leedy, who lives in Weiser, a northern Idaho town with 5,500-plus residents. Just over 30 years ago, … [Read more...]

Community Partner Spotlight: Edward Thomas House

Edward Thomas House is named after a patient who got back on his feet in the program after decades of homelessness and chronic illness. Operated by Harborview Medical Center, the facility offers short-term, recuperative care to homeless patients who … [Read more...]

Staying Ahead of Heart Failure: Janet’s Story

To see Janet Henry now, as a successful Human Resources executive for an international chain of stores, and gracious hostess who loves to entertain, it’s hard to realize all she has been through. In the space of one year, she experienced serious … [Read more...]

Stressed Out? Time to Cue the Music

Can listening to music improve your mood? Most of us would agree music can generate happy feelings, but is there actual science behind it? A 2013 study showed that music can not only elevate mood, but bolster emotions that help people relax, deal … [Read more...]