Practicing Mindfulness in a Time of Uncertainty and COVID-19

Practicing mindfulness during COVID-19

**By Astrid Pujari, MD** The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is challenging all of us to find inner strength during a time of much uncertainty in our world. Each of us is affected by this health crisis, and we are all learning to navigate our “new … [Read more...]

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...]

Knee Replacement: Targeted Pain Control is Key to Recovery

Of the more than 600,000 knee replacements done in the U.S. each year, the number of people in their 50s and even 40s having the procedure is growing. While carrying excess weight is one factor -- one pound of excess weight is equal to five pounds of … [Read more...]

Finding Light on the Ride: A Comeback Story

The tricky thing about hitting bottom is knowing when you’ve done it. Making his way to his usual bus stop, Jon Perry slipped on an icy sidewalk and grabbed for a garbage can to break his fall. That might have worked, except Jon weighed about 280 … [Read more...]

Virginia Mason to Study Breath Test for Detecting Esophageal Cancer

Research is beginning at Virginia Mason Medical Center that will evaluate the accuracy of a breath test for detecting esophageal cancer, one of the fastest growing and deadliest cancers in the United States. The project, supported by a grant from … [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...]

Well-Child Checks Help Keep Kids Healthy Throughout Their Lives

**By David J. Schneider, MD** Mercer Island resident Susan George is Mom to a 6-year-old stepson. But when she and her husband became parents to newborn son Kaden, Susan admits she found it a learning experience. After being referred by a friend to … [Read more...]

Donated Supplies Help Deliver Care in East Africa

Last summer, Phoebe Wright completed her third volunteer mission to the Elimlim Community Health Center in Kitale, Kenya. It was the second year the University of Washington biology major took medical supplies donated by Virginia Mason; basic items … [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...]