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  • Tips for healthy living through and beyond menopause

    Tips for healthy living through and beyond menopause

    Menopause often brings new symptoms and concerns to women in their middle years. Here are some wellness tips to keep you comfortable and healthy during ‘the change.’

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  • Sex after baby

    Sex after baby

    How sex will be different after having a baby.

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  • Avoid allergy triggers; improve allergy symptoms

    The truth is, environmental allergies can happen any time of year and can be due to both indoor and outdoor allergens, or triggers. But many people have their worst symptoms at this time of year, and

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  • Trust your gut: Learn more about IBS

    Trust your gut: Learn more about IBS

    The symptoms of IBS can be misleading, so it's important to understand what this digestive disorder is all about.

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  • 50 and fabulously healthy: wellness tips for women

    50 and fabulously healthy: wellness tips for women

    Stay vital and energized by following our checklist

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  • Healthiest Spring Produce

    Healthiest Spring Produce

    Great picks for springtime seasonal fruits and veggies

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  • How to keep your kids active during spring break

    How to keep your kids active during spring break

    Tips to get kids off the couch, away from screens, and on the path to healthy living.

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  • The allergic salute and how to put it behind you

    The allergic salute and how to put it behind you

    If you find yourself or your children constantly reaching for a tissue to wipe a runny rose, how can you tell whether an allergy or a cold is the cause?

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  • How to eat right for two

    How to eat right for two

    Learn what types of foods will most benefit you and your baby during pregnancy.

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  • How to put a stop to strep in your family

    How to put a stop to strep in your family

    Take these basic precautionary measures to prevent streptococcal bacterial infection from spreading.

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  • Is elderberry the tool you need to fight the common cold?

    Is elderberry the tool you need to fight the common cold?

    Learn more about this popular ingredient in over-the-counter cold treatments.

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  • A pediatrician speaks: 7 tips to ease a child's fears about checkups

    A pediatrician speaks: 7 tips to ease a child's fears about checkups

    The doctor’s office doesn’t have to seem so frightening if parents take some simple steps before and during appointments.

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  • There's nothing dreamy about atherosclerosis

    There's nothing dreamy about atherosclerosis

    You have heard a lot of good advice about how to take care of your heart, but this may be a new one: Make sure you're getting seven hours or more sleep each day.

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  • Advances in the treatment of essential tremor

    Advances in the treatment of essential tremor

    Guided focus ultrasound technology is a promising, non-invasive treatment to mitigate essential tremor

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  • Red meat linked again to heart disease risk

    Red meat linked again to heart disease risk

    Research has found that people who eat red meat produce more of a chemical byproduct called TMAO which has been linked to heart disease.

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  • Wellness at Work: How to avoid compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout

    Wellness at Work: How to avoid compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout

    Occupational wellness can be a unique challenge for caregivers. How can we best take care of ourselves while caring for others is our job?

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  • Judge for yourself: RBG's workout is fabulous

    Judge for yourself: RBG's workout is fabulous

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  • Get on your feet: Learn about rapid recovery joint replacement

    Get on your feet: Learn about rapid recovery joint replacement

    Advances in joint replacement have many patients up and walking the same day as surgery.

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  • Top 10 foot problems that send people to the podiatrist

    Top 10 foot problems that send people to the podiatrist

    Healthy feet and expert foot care are an essential part of mobility and wellness.

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  • Advances and updates in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

    Advances and updates in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

    New medication and therapies are being developed to mitigate tremors and permanent immobility caused by Parkinson’s disease.

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  • Seasonal affective disorder

    Seasonal affective disorder

    It’s normal to experience a change in mood during the winter. Recognizing the signs is an important first step in treatment.

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  • Preparing for marathons and half-marathons

    Preparing for marathons and half-marathons

    As long as you start planning well in advance, your road to running a marathon or half-marathon should be nice and smooth.

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  • Adjusting lifestyle to fatty liver disease

    Adjusting lifestyle to fatty liver disease

    In the United States, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common form of chronic liver disease, and the number of people diagnosed each year is steadily increasing.

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  • Are you a candidate for weight-loss surgery?

    Are you a candidate for weight-loss surgery?

    Learn more about the long-term weight management benefits of bariatric surgery.

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  • Chief of Pediatrics explains how to stick to your resolutions

    Chief of Pediatrics explains how to stick to your resolutions

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  • Atrial Fibrillation Awareness

    Atrial Fibrillation Awareness

    Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is a leading cause of stroke and can ultimately result in heart failure if left untreated.

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  •  Swedish research at the forefront of new advances in heart health

    Swedish research at the forefront of new advances in heart health

    A recent clinical trial finds promising results for treating leaking heart valve in certain patients.

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  • How to pack for a healthy trip

    How to pack for a healthy trip

    Having a happy trip is often a matter of preparation. By planning ahead, you can pack most of what you’re likely to need to stay healthy abroad.

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  • Why you should be reading your skin care labels

    Why you should be reading your skin care labels

    Understanding how to read a skin care product label will provide you with the intel you need to make informed decisions about what you put in and on your body’s largest organ.

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  • Don’t sleep on community-acquired pneumonia

    Don’t sleep on community-acquired pneumonia

    Community-acquired pneumonia can strike quickly. Seek medical care immediately if you experience symptoms.

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  • HPV and Cancer

    HPV and Cancer

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a common sexually transmitted infection. According to the CDC, 80% of people will have an HPV infection at some point in their lifetime.

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  • Talking with your children about cancer

    Talking with your children about cancer

    Cancer affects the entire family, and telling your children you have cancer is not easy. We are here to help.

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  • The making of a survivor: Give healing the space it needs

    The making of a survivor: Give healing the space it needs

    Survivors are frequently blindsided by the difficult transition from active treatment to life after treatment. Learn some helpful tips from one of our cancer survivorship class facilitators.

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  • Recharge your body with electrolytes (from food!) this winter

    Recharge your body with electrolytes (from food!) this winter

    If health-related New Year’s resolutions have prompted you to spend additional time at the gym this month, you might find yourself sweating more than usual — leading to the loss of valuable electrolyt

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  • Why I volunteer – Swedish Cancer Institute spotlight

    Why I volunteer – Swedish Cancer Institute spotlight

    A Cancer Education Center volunteer shares why she chooses to volunteer.

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  • Cervical cancer is preventable, with regular screenings

    Cervical cancer is preventable, with regular screenings

    To prevent cervical cancer, catch it earlier. Your best preventive measure is to get regular screenings beginning at age 21.

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  • New year, new approach to weight loss

    New year, new approach to weight loss

    Do you want to lose weight the right way this year? Swedish Weight Loss Services is here to help.

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  • 3 ways to avoid triggering the post-holiday blues

    3 ways to avoid triggering the post-holiday blues

    You know the feeling. It starts after all the presents have been opened, the good times ended and the tasty leftovers finished.

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  • How to make New Year's resolutions your new reality

    How to make New Year's resolutions your new reality

    Are you tired of failing to achieve the same old health-related resolutions, year after year? This year, these goal-setting tips might help those resolutions become reality.

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  • Happiest time of the year can stay that way with safe driving

    Happiest time of the year can stay that way with safe driving

    Hundreds of live are lost due to drunk drivers every holiday season. Protect your family on the road by following the rules of the road and never drinking and driving.

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  • Best of the Swedish Blog 2018

    Best of the Swedish Blog 2018

    We've gathered some of the best insights shared with you on the Swedish blog during the past year.

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  • 8 Tips for Keeping Your Healthy New Year's Resolutions

    8 Tips for Keeping Your Healthy New Year's Resolutions

    The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals for a healthier you. As we ring in 2019 together, let's set ourselves up for success by following these eight tips for a happier, healthier...

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  • Ouch! What can help your aching back?

    Ouch! What can help your aching back?

    Swedish Pain Services’ physical therapist Dr. Tim Zepelak , DPT discusses spine pain: the causes behind it, how to prevent it, and why physical therapy might help.

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  • How to host a healthy holiday

    How to host a healthy holiday

    Here’s how to host a healthy holiday get-together without overindulging.

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  • Why you need heart-smart breast cancer treatment

    Why you need heart-smart breast cancer treatment

    Swedish Cancer Institute offers an innovative technique that protects the heart during radiation.

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  • Prepping for Ski and Snowboard Season

    Prepping for Ski and Snowboard Season

    It’s time to get ready for the ski and snowboard season. I love this time of year and there is nothing worse than having your day on the slopes cut short by injury.

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  • Tips for managing the holiday blues

    Tips for managing the holiday blues

    Over the holidays, expectations may collide with reality. Take care of yourself.

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  • What can you do about varicose veins?

    What can you do about varicose veins?

    Swedish vascular surgeon Dr. Kira Long offers insights on varicose and spider veins: what they are, who is at risk, and what to do about them.

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  • How palliative care helps the critically ill

    How palliative care helps the critically ill

    Serious illness brings serious complications. Procedures, medications, therapy, advance directives, caregiving decisions and all the big and small changes to everyday life—they can be overwhelming...

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  • Concussions can have a long-term impact on kids

    Concussions can have a long-term impact on kids

    In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the dangers caused by concussions, especially for children. Now, according to a new study, those consequences may be even more serious than...

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  • 8 ways to ensure a GERD-free holiday feast

    8 ways to ensure a GERD-free holiday feast

    If you eat smart (and chew gum!), it can help you avoid post-meal acid reflux.

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  • Regenerative Medicine - Using your body's own resources to heal itself

    Regenerative Medicine - Using your body's own resources to heal itself

    Regenerative medicine harnesses the body’s own healing powers to stimulate and enhance a natural healing process.

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  • How to be ensure your best health while at college

    Colleges are in session and students are back on campus,which often means living away from home for the first time. It is a really exciting time in the life of a young person and also presents...

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  • If you have diabetes, do you need weight loss surgery?

    If you have diabetes, do you need weight loss surgery?

    Bariatric procedures may be helpful for certain people with type 2 diabetes.

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  • Screening for Colon Cancer: Is there an alternative to a colonoscopy?

    Screening for Colon Cancer: Is there an alternative to a colonoscopy?

    There is an effective alternative to the standard colonoscopy. It is easy to use and requires no special prep or dietary restrictions. Starting at age 50, routine screening for colorectal cancer...

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  • Call the midwife: Learn more about why you should consider midwifery care

    Call the midwife: Learn more about why you should consider midwifery care

    For many people, the role of a midwife might seem hazy. Midwives can be present at a birth, but what exactly do they do? Midwifery is actually a highly specialized field, and its practitioners...

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  • Great American Smokeout

    Every year on the 3rd Thursday in November smokers across the country participate in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. It is a date to come together and say ‘no’ to tobacco on a...

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  • Chief of Pediatrics explains why you should get your flu shot

    The 2017-18 flu season was one of the most deadly in decades - more than 80,000 Americans died last year from the flu, almost 200 of them were children. Every year we see young, healthy people...

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  • 6 ways to make time for yourself when you have no time

    6 ways to make time for yourself when you have no time

    Here are six tips to help you make more time for yourself and your health despite a busy schedule.

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  • How to be your own health advocate

    How to be your own health advocate

    If you feel like your healthcare is something that is happening to you as opposed to working with you, it’s time for you to become your own health advocate.

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  • More Cancer Screenings for Men in Movember

    More Cancer Screenings for Men in Movember

    Movember is about more than facial hair in November. It’s a time to call attention to men’s health, and specifically, the importance of cancer screenings.

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  • Will artificial intelligence be able to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease?

    Will artificial intelligence be able to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease?

    The use of machine learning applications in diagnosing Alzheimer's is an exciting new development in medical research that promises to help overcome the difficulties of early diagnosis.

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  • Tips to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    Tips to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

    While Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is rare, it is a source of worry for many parents. We don't know exactly what causes SIDS, but we do know some ways to reduce the risk.

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  • Breastmilk basics: does diet really matter?

    Breastmilk basics: does diet really matter?

    Certain foods, diets, medications, and more can influence breastmilk production, and every lactating mother should know what foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding.

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  • Breaking the silence about pelvic pain

    Breaking the silence about pelvic pain

    Are you suffering from pelvic pain? You are not alone. Learn more about causes and how to treat discomfort and pain.

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  • When should you replace that aching joint?

    When should you replace that aching joint?

    If you're being limited by pain in your knee, shoulder, hip or other joint, you may face some choices. How do you know if you need to have your joint replaced?

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  • Stemming the rising tide of liver cancer cases

    Stemming the rising tide of liver cancer cases

    Liver cancer cases have tripled over the last 40 years. Swedish is working to detect and treat liver cancer earlier.

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  • Flu Shot 2018 FAQ: When, why, and do you really need it?

    Flu Shot 2018 FAQ: When, why, and do you really need it?

    Flu season generally starts in October, and every year the flu accounts for countless trips to the doctor, the ER, and the hospital. We answer your most frequently asked questions about the flu...

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  • Still not washing your hands properly? You could make people sick.

    Still not washing your hands properly? You could make people sick.

    A recent study by the USDA shows that people are only washing their hands correctly 3% of the time. Learn the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of proper handwashing.

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  • Flat head syndrome FAQ

    Flat head syndrome FAQ

    Many cases of plagiocephaly are benign flat spots or slight abnormalities on a baby’s head that will resolve on their own over time.

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  • The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Pregnancy

    The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Pregnancy

    As an expectant mother, you need to learn what truly is and isn’t safe for you and your developing baby, based on the best available medical evidence.

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  • Five healthy habits for men aged 50 and older

    Five healthy habits for men aged 50 and older

    When men hit age 50 or so, they should begin adjusting to their bodies' changing needs and capabilities.

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  • Is eating sugar-free worth it?

    Is eating sugar-free worth it?

    The benefits of a sugar-free diet range from very important to highly recommended for those who want to avoid or manage sugar-sensitive chronic conditions like prediabetes or diabetes later in life.

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  • Winter depression: Strategies for prevention and treatment

    Winter depression: Strategies for prevention and treatment

    Winter depression is a form of seasonal affective disorder, where changes in mood occur in a seasonal pattern.  In this case, as fall and winter come, our mood becomes sad or down, and along with...

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  • New car seat recommendations for kids

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new information and recommendations on car seats for young children. In an updated policy statement, entitled “Child Passenger Safety,” the AAP...

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  • 2018-19 Flu Shot Recommendations

    The 2017-18 flu season was a devastating one – a total of 179 children died from influenza-associated illness, and thousands more were hospitalized. It was a difficult year for adults too. The flu...

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  • Breast pumping tips for traveling moms

    Breast pumping tips for traveling moms

    Although pumping can be done in the privacy of your own home, you may find yourself in situations where you’ll need to pump on the go, especially while traveling.

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  • Why yoga is good for the mind, not just the body

    Why yoga is good for the mind, not just the body

    Yoga is a full-fledged fitness phenomenon, but the importance of its spiritual roots in mental health shouldn't be overlooked.

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  • Disasters don't plan ahead but you can

    Disasters don't plan ahead but you can

    September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s the perfect time to plan for the unexpected. Here’s how to get started protecting your family from seasonal disasters.

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  • They're called sick days for a reason: Why you need to stay home

    They're called sick days for a reason: Why you need to stay home

    Coming to work with a cold or flu can be bad for you and for your coworkers.

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  • Having problems with breastfeeding? Here are some ways to make it better

    Having problems with breastfeeding? Here are some ways to make it better

    If you're not comfortable nursing, you're not alone, so take advantage of the many services out there that can improve the experience for you and your baby.

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  • Wills and estate planning

    Wills and estate planning

    Everyone has a different relationship with the saying “getting your affairs in order.” For people who are planners, sorting out their will and estate planning can feel like a sigh of relief.

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  • Tie blankets for patients - DIY project

    Oncology appointments can, at times, take up a long portion of your day. Do-it-yourself projects, such as tie blankets, may help pass the time while waiting for appointments or recovering from...

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  • SCI spotlight: Art therapy at the Swedish Cancer Institute

    At the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI), art therapy is a free service and is open to oncology patients and family members. We see people who have just been diagnosed, are in active cancer treatment...

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  • Fighting cancer-related fatigue

    Fighting cancer-related fatigue

    After your cancer treatment, are you feeling extremely exhausted? Are you constantly feeling physically, emotionally and mentally tired? Do you feel like you do not have enough energy to do your...

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  • Benefits of mind-body practices during your healing journey

    Undergoing treatment for cancer may cause physical and emotional burdens. Self-care practices have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and physical pain.

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  • Powerful pain relief: Options beyond opioids

    Powerful pain relief: Options beyond opioids

    A combination of therapies can be customized to treat chronic pain.

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  • "A Lucky Life Interrupted," by Tom Brokaw

    Tom Brokaw, an award winning journalist and best-selling author, was diagnosed in 2013 with multiple myeloma.

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  • Girl power: 6 ways to raise strong daughters

    Girl power: 6 ways to raise strong daughters

    Cut through the clamor of expectations of what girls should be and do with simple steps that can build self-confidence.

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  • Anyone can save a life with hands-only CPR

    Anyone can save a life with hands-only CPR

    More people will survive cardiac arrest if a bystander is willing to intervene by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. And hands-only CPR is easy to learn and do.

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  • Myths and facts about back-to-school vaccinations

    Myths and facts about back-to-school vaccinations

    Vaccines provide protection for your child against an assortment of diseases, including some that can be deadly. Let's rebut some of the arguments raised against vaccinations.

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  • Psoriasis: This is what you need to know and why

    Psoriasis: This is what you need to know and why

    Psoriasis is a common autoimmune disease that affects the skin, not a cosmetic problem, but many people don’t understand what is, who it affects, or the impact it has on the people who have to...

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  • Swedish audiologists provide free hearing screenings for teens at special event

    Swedish audiologists provide free hearing screenings for teens at special event

    On July 18, youth from the Seattle Teen Music Ensemble at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute learned about the impact of noise exposure on hearing by Swedish's team of audiologists. The...

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  • How do you enjoy the summer and beat the heat (exhaustion)?

    How do you enjoy the summer and beat the heat (exhaustion)?

    Heat exhaustion is more than feeling just tuckered out. It is a condition that can lead to disorientation, dizziness, nausea and, left untreated, heat stroke.

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  • Maintaining healthy eyes in children

    Maintaining healthy eyes in children

    August is the time to prep your child for going back to school. Coincidentally, it’s also Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!

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  • Swedish partners with the community in the fight to end homelessness in Seattle

    Swedish partners with the community in the fight to end homelessness in Seattle

    As an organization dedicated to both the health of our patients and the health of our region, we know first-hand that homelessness in the greater Seattle area has reached epidemic levels.

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  • Hepatitis C and liver disease—should you be concerned?

    Hepatitis C and liver disease—should you be concerned?

    The dramatic increase in death rates from liver cancer are due to a perfect storm of an aging baby boomer population with hepatitis C, the rapid rise in the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver...

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  • 5 ways to be a more positive parent

    5 ways to be a more positive parent

    Building a healthy relationship with your child can be done with small investments of time every day.

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  • During pregnancy, get by with a little help from your friends

    During pregnancy, get by with a little help from your friends

    There’s the old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” For some people, it also takes a village to have a child. That community-based philosophy is at the heart of CenteringPregnancy, a...

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  • Is the new shingles vaccine right for you?

    Is the new shingles vaccine right for you?

    Shingrix offers greater effectiveness for people in more age groups, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

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