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...]

Living with Fatty Liver Disease: Karen’s Story

She has dealt with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease almost as long as she has been in her 42-year nursing career. For 62-year-old Cle Elum resident, Karen Anne Anderson, RN, that means she has practiced what she preaches – being her own best health … [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...]

You Zigged But Your Knee Zagged: How to Treat Mild Sprains and Strains

If playing sports will be part of your spring – whether on a team, tennis court or tossing a Frisbee around the local park – sprains and strains can result. What's the difference between a sprain and a strain? While both injuries have similar signs … [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...]

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...]

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...]