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...]

A Horse Walks into a Hospital. No, Really.

A visitor to your hospital room wearing boots and a jaunty hat might not be instantly welcome – unless it happens to be a mini horse. Baxter the therapy horse is just 26 inches tall at the shoulders, but he becomes larger than life for patients … [Read more...]

Pollen allergies? Watch Out for Certain Foods

**By Megan Clark** Ever wonder why your mouth itches when you eat certain fruits and vegetables?  The simple answer may be that you’re having an allergic reaction, to the proteins in fruits and vegetables related to tree, grass and weed pollen. It’s … [Read more...]

Aesthetician Reveals Top Tips for Healthy Winter Skin

Between clocks changing and holiday planning (and myriad other things), there’s a lot to think about in November. Keeping your skin healthy likely isn’t top of mind. The days are more dark than light, so there’s less sun damage to worry about, right? … [Read more...]

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: How a Restorative Treatment Helped Mother and Daughter

Kathy Silva describes the 12-acre farm where she grew up and where her mother, Rosemary Cockrill, still lives. Life in scenic Port Angeles, Wash. could be low key if you let it. But Rosemary, 86, kicks it up a notch, making time to go to concerts, … [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...]

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...]