More than Medication: How Pharmacists Help in Your Care

**By Alison Koop** When her pharmacist left the neighborhood drugstore, my friend felt adrift. This one pharmacist had always been there to answer her questions in between doctor visits. She could ask him whether a new drug prescribed by her … [Read more...]

How Instagram – and Eating Vegan – Is Helping Create a Type 1 Diabetes Patient Community

by Marianne Beirne *** In today’s socially connected world, people living with medical conditions don’t have far to look to find others sharing their experiences. These growing patient communities have given rise to thousands of websites, blogs, … [Read more...]

Understanding the Pelvic Floor: Five Things Women Should Know

**By Una Lee, MD** What is the pelvic floor and why is it important?  The pelvic floor is not a “floor” but more like a “bowl” of muscles and connective tissues that sits within the bony pelvis. This is a critical structure because it supports … [Read more...]

Empowered to Choose: What Women Should Know about Screening Mammography

These days women are getting conflicting recommendations about when to start screening mammograms and how often to have them. I talked with breast surgeon Janie Grumley, MD, who says that a better understanding of mammograms as a screening tool and … [Read more...]

Genital Grooming: What to Know Before Going Bare Down There

**By Una Lee, MD** Pubic hair is a fact of life. The pattern of hair that grows on our genitals is a natural part of our body, and it serves a purpose. Pubic hair helps protect our genital organs and provide a layer of defense, first as a physical … [Read more...]

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Exercise Bursts with Surprising Benefits

**By Drew Baldwin, MD, FACC** Whether or not you’re a runner, it’s hard not to be impressed by Glen Cook’s accomplishment. The Midwest native has run the Chicago Marathon every 10 years since 1982, and he has finished faster each time. Yet … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Innovative Radiation Therapy Attacks Early-Stage Breast Cancer in One Treatment

Virginia Mason was the first medical center in Washington state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) to treat women with early-stage breast cancer. Since 2012, 350 patients have participated in the IORT clinical trial, receiving a … [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...]