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...]

Weight Loss Surgery Creates New Life

Visiting family in another state, Sharalyn “Bunny” Staricka heard the plan to spend a day at the zoo. Her sister-in-law, niece and nephew clamored for Bunny to go, but she had to turn them down. At 375 pounds, Bunny knew she’d never make it around … [Read more...]

Prostate Cancer Curable with Early Detection

Some people dread their annual medical examinations, but not Doug Holbrook. He knows his annual executive physical saved his life. The doctor administering the first physical gave Doug, who was 45 at the time, the option of skipping the prostate … [Read more...]

Make Stretching Your Fitness Strategy: Tips from Tyler Lockett and David Belfie, MD

When is the best time to stretch, before or after exercise? What types of stretches have the most benefit? Why does stretching become more important as we age? These are just a few of the questions Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks and orthopedic … [Read more...]

Watchman Device Potential Alternative to Blood Thinners

People with atrial fibrillation – an abnormal, irregular heart rate – are at increased risk of stroke due to blood clots. The abnormal rhythm may cause blood to pool and form clots, mainly in a small chamber of the heart known as the left atrial … [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...]

What Your Gut Should Tell You: Esophageal Health Requires an Experienced Team

Reflux and other esophageal issues require prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent more serious health concerns, including chronic indigestion or rarely, cancer. The Esophageal Center of Excellence at Virginia Mason brings a multidisciplinary … [Read more...]