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Diabetes

Detecting Diabetes: How to Look for, Prevent and Maintain This Rapidly Growing Disease
"Diabetes is on the rise, and it is important to know the biology, causes, and prevention methods of diabetes." Read more

Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes: A Distinct Form of Diabetes
"Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes is a form of diabetes that is common in people with cystic fibrosis." Read more

Diabetes: Find and Treat it Early for Lifelong Health
"Today, nearly 29.1 million Americans live with diabetes, including almost 1 in 10 people in Washington state. Of those, 8 million don’t even know they have it." Read more

Diabetic Foot Care
"One out of four people with diabetes will have at least one foot ulcer in their lifetime." Read more

Exercising Diabetes Away
"There are 20.8 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes and if Dr. Sonja Maddox had her way they would all be doing one thing..." Read more

Hope for Diabetics: Preventing and Reversing the Disease
"Dr. Estelle Lin provides suggestions on how simple lifestyle changes can prevent or even reverse diabetes..." Read more

How You Can Halt the Diabetes Epidemic
"Researchers are predicting a dramatic increase in diabetes over the next 40 years." Read more


Get Healthy - Stay Healthy

Seattle’s heat wave, wildfire haze could linger into next week, weather service says
"The haze from Canada’s nearly two dozen active wildfires is hanging around Washington state, doing its thing: acting like a blanket between the Earth and the sun, keeping it a bit cooler during the day and a bit warmer during the night....." Read more

Mental Matters, Part 1
"The mind is a complex and cavernous place, and its health fuels emotional stability and clarity. Unfortunately, mental health is sometimes overlooked, pushed into the shadows by its physical counterpart...." Read more

Annual Checkups Deliver Value to Women
"Women are natural jugglers. With careers or school, spouses, children, and maybe a vacation or hobby, they still run circles around the Cirque de Soleil..." Read more

Are You Ready for Cold and Flu Season?
"Every parent dreads their child getting sick; it means missing work and school and, more drastically, requiring a visit to the doctor. Prevention can minimize the risks." Read more

Benefits of Family Medicine
"When selecting a provider as their primary care physician, many people are baffled by one of their options: a family medicine physician." Read more

Building a Balanced Bod
"Is your body ready for summer fun? Some simple resistance training can increase your strength and improve your balance." Read more

A Caregiver’s Guide to Staying Happy
"Whether you’re caring for a spouse, a child, an aging parent, a sick friend or a teenager with a broken leg, you may find your stress level is on the rise." Read more

Changing Your Weight by Changing Your Life
"If Dr. Aileen Monponbanua, of Pacific Medical Center in Renton, has three pieces of advice for those who are overweight or obese and are thinking about losing weight it's this..." Read more

Choosing the Right Pain Medication
"It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and play just one more round of golf, add a few extra miles on your weekend run or make the decision to climb to the next peak on the hiking trail." Read more

Cloudy Days Ahead - Better Grab Your Sunscreen
"Early spring in the Puget Sound region is known for numerous cloudy and rainy days. While everyone knows that a hot, sunny, summer day can cause sunburns, many do not realize that 80 percent of the sun’s harmful rays penetrate through clouds and rain." Read more

Concussions: What We Need to Know to Protect Kids and Adults Alike
"Now that football season is in full swing, the conversation about head injuries and sports is on many people’s minds." Read more

Controlling Allergies in Spring and Early Summer
"Springtime brings sunshine, green grass, chirping birds, blooming bulbs and if you’re unfortunate enough to be a member of the sniffling, sneezing and itching community, then it’s time to carry your tissues." Read more

Cycling Safety
"While many associate Seattle with coffee, rain or seafood, many Seattleites see the relationship between the city and cycling to be stronger." Read more

Dietary Guidelines - A Dietitian's Take
"The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines play a large role in our day to day diets. Learn what the professionals think of the new Guidelines." Read more

E-Cigarettes Too E-Z to be True
"Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have become increasingly popular over the past few years." Read more

E-Cigarettes, Vaping and Your Health From a Doctor's Perspective
"Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized regulations governing the sale and production of what it calls electronic nicotine delivery systems." Read more

Family Planning
"Whether you're looking to postpone having a baby or are considering a permanent solution, there are multiple birth-control options from which to choose." Read more

Feeling Stressed? 6 Ways to Slow Down and Tune in to Your Body
"When you feel stressed, your body is giving you extra energy, allowing you to deal with a perceived challenge." Read more

Fight Workday and Commuter Stress
"Everyone experiences stress to some degree in their everyday lives, whether at work, or commuting in terrible Puget Sound traffic." Read more

Find the Right Primary Care Doctor for You
"Everyone needs a primary care doctor.... Which type of doctor best suits you and your family?" Read more

Gloomy Skies Can Bring Shortage of Vitamin D
"It’s no secret that winter is one of the gloomiest times of the year in Seattle, with short days and little sunlight." Read more

Grilling Tips for Maximum Health and Flavor
"It’s that time of year when the canvas covers start to come off, and like great waking beasts, the grills open their metal jaws and wait for delicacies to be placed within." Read more

Have a Healthy Thanksgiving
"We all look forward to the holidays, getting together with family and friends, and gathering around the table for a great meal. But with the holidays also comes the tendency to throw your normal diet out the window." Read more

Helping the Military to Cope with Workplace Stress
"Every job has its own share of stressors. Among the healthy themes of accomplishment, motivation and teamwork, stress rears its ugly head in many forms in the workplace from time to time." Read more

How to Enjoy Your Holiday Treats Without Gaining Weight
"The holiday season can cause even the most disciplined among us to lose sight of our health and fitness goals." Read more

How (and Why) to Keep Your Kids Away From Screen Time This Summer
"More time parked in front of a screen means less time for playing, or reading, or being with people, or learning. It's not just harmless fun." Read more

How to Manage Holiday Stress
"The holiday season is in full swing, with its usual round of social obligations, gift-giving, cooking and decorating..." Read more

How to Stay Healthy on a Road Trip
"Memorial Day weekend and summertime are just around the corner, which inspires many Seattleites to hit the road for a glorious local getaway." Read more

How Well Do You Know Your Vitamins?
"The Center for Disease Control (CDC) currently recommends eating nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. On average however, we are usually eating closer to two servings per day."
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How Women Can Keep Their Hearts Healthy
"February is Heart Health Awareness Month, so it’s the perfect time to address the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in women and discuss ways to decrease risk for the development of the disease." Read more

Immunizations: They're Not Just for Kids
"While parents generally are careful to keep their children up-to-date on immunizations, many are not as meticulous about getting themselves vaccinated..." Read more

Invest in Your Health
"Everyone's looking for ways to protect their money these days, so here's a hot tip: Stay healthy." Read more

Is it a Cold or the Flu?
"It's important to know whether you have a cold or the flu to treat it properly." Read more

It’s February — Do You Know Where Your Resolutions Are?
"At the beginning of the year, many of us make New Year’s resolutions...But a month into the New Year most people find that their motivation has started to wane." Read more

Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine's Day
"Dr. Bobbie Paramsothy shares some myths, tips and preventive measures that can help you show your heart a little love this February." Read more

Keeping Student Athletes Healthy
"As spring sports season ramps up around Seattle, it’s important to ensure student athletes are getting proper nutrition." Read more

Kids and e-Cigarettes and Vapes
"Here’s what you should know about kids and e-cigarettes and vapes, from new regulations to helping them quit. Read more

Making Goals, Keeping Track
"Fitness trackers are flooding the markets these days. Some are devices you wear, others are websites." Read more

Managing Holiday Stress
"Each year, the holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier." Read more

Tips on Minimizing Stress During the Holidays
"Sometimes just the stress of the holiday season can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips on how to minimize stress." Read more

The Paleo Diet: Is It Right for You?
"The Paleo diet has gained explosive popularity over the past year. Enthusiasts praise the diet for its supposed ability to increase energy, support weight loss and improve sleep." Read more

Tips on Staying Healthy During Flu Season
"As flu season approaches, here's how to stay healthy and what to do if you’ve come down with a cold." Read more

Managing Wedding Planning Stress
"Summer is just around the corner and so is wedding season." Read more

Preparing for Your Doctor's Visit
"'I don't get to spend enough time with my doctor' is a common concern for many patients." Read more

Prevent Injury this Ski Season
"With winter fast upon us and snow falling in the mountains, here are some facts I tell my patients about common skiing and snowboarding injuries..." Read more

Preventing Injuries While Training
"Tired of getting hurt during military training? One local sports medicine doc has some tips." Read more

Prevention: Tips to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
"Prevention is a key component in reducing healthcare costs and lowering your risks for chronic illness. Even more importantly..." Read more

Ramp Up Slowly — Your 2016 Fitness Guide
"It’s the new year, and for many, that means it’s the time they reassess their wellness goals." Read more

Road-Tripping Tips for Health-Conscious Travelers
"Nothing says summertime like grabbing a few friends, loading up the car and hitting the open road." Read more

Setting and Keeping Resolutions
"As women, we are accustomed to our plate being always full. With our family, our job, our friends and neighbors, and our broader community, it is hard to carve out a few minutes each day for ourselves, let alone focus on yet another obligation, goal or dreaded New Year's resolution." Read more

Six Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe and Healthy on Summer Trips
"School is out, and lots of families are heading out of town. The last thing people want to deal with once they have time off from work and school is illness or an injury." Read more

Sleep Deprivation
"Sleeping soundly? Sleep deprivation is no joke; with consequences relative to both personal health and work performance, the issue of not getting enough sleep is one that should be taken seriously." Read more

Spinning Your Wheels? Bike Safety
"Before you head out and hit the bike trails, take some steps to make sure you and your bike are ready for an excellent, safe summer season." Read more

Spring Break Safety
"Here are some tips to make this year’s spring vacation fun, safe and healthy for yourself, your friends and your family." Read more

Staying Healthy During the Dark Days of Winter
"While the shortest day of the year may be behind us, there is still plenty of winter left for us in Seattle — this means short, cool and often gloomy days with little sunlight." Read more

Take Charge—Own Your Shape!
"Eating well, feeling good about yourself, fitting into your favorite dress—these are all signs of good physical health, self-confidence and a sense of empowerment." Read more

Take Advantage of Autumn to Get Healthy
"Fall is a time of shorter days, crisp air and leaves bursting with color. It can be melancholic, with winter approaching and summer over." Read more

Take Note of Your Skin Spots
"As Seattleites take to the beach, the mountains or the happy hour patio tables, it’s a critical time to remind everyone about sun protection and the risk of skin cancer." Read more

Test Your Healthy Holiday Meal IQ
"The holidays are quickly approaching and with this season comes some delicious food traditions including holiday parties, cookie exchanges, family meals and homemade treats." Read more

Tips for Beating Spring Allergies
"Seasonal allergies can sometimes put a damper on the season, but you can mitigate allergens with over-the-counter medications.” Read more

Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
"Colleges and schools around Seattle are back in session now, and as schedules become increasingly busy, getting enough sleep is critical." Read more

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating
"From the Macy’s holiday parade to the Westlake Center tree lighting and the annual Gingerbread Village at the Seattle Sheraton, holiday activities are quickly approaching." Read more

Tips for International Travel
"Exploring the world around us is exciting and educational. But nothing spoils a trip like getting sick." Read more

Tips for Staying Hydrated at Summertime Events
"The record-breaking summer temperatures have Seattleites braced with a variety of coping mechanisms." Read more

Undiagnosed Heart Conditions
"February is American Heart Month, and while many people will talk about heart disease and stroke, there are other heart conditions that people may not even know they have." Read more

Vitamins for Preventive Health
"Our weather in the Pacific Northwest is filled with rainy and cloud-stricken days, making vitamin deficiency a hot topic at local primary care clinics, especially during the winter months." Read more

Walk Your Way to Health
"Now might be a good time to begin a walking program to shed that extra weight." Read more

What You Need to Know About Flu Shots
"Flu season is here, and now is the best time to get your flu shot." Read more

When it Comes to Breast Cancer, Ask the Right Questions
"About 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer. This year alone, an estimated 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S." Read more

When it Comes to Breast Cancer, Know Your Risks
"Know your personal risk factors so you can reduce your risk of breast cancer through lifestyle changes and screening that is tailored to your individual situation. " Read more

Why Get a Checkup?
"What can I do to make sure that I am as healthy as I can be?" Read more

Work-Life Balance – 5 Tips to Restore Harmony
"It’s hard to believe we’re half way through the fall season and the holidays are just around the corner." Read more

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Pediatrics

Asthma in Children
"Whether your child is 15 months or 6 years old, it is still a very scary day when you first realize that they are wheezing and working hard just to breathe." Read more

Avoid the September Shock: Prepare Now for Back-to-School
"Where has summer gone? Didn’t the final school bell ring just last week? Before you know it, September will be upon us and school will be in full swing." Read more

Babywearing Benefits
"Using a baby carrier leaves your hands free and makes for happier, healthier babies." Read more

Bed-Wetting
"Soggy sheets and pajamas—and an embarrassed child—are a familiar experience for many parents. But don't despair." Read more

Bullying Doesn't Take a Summer Break
"Although school is out for summer recess, bullying can still occur." Read more

Closing the Door on Childhood Obesity
"The rate of childhood obesity is alarmingly high..." Read more

Countering Childhood Obesity with Healthy Habits
"As Americans, we are proud to be first in so many things. Unfortunately, we are also first in something that shouldn't make us proud—childhood obesity." Read more

Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for Your Family
"Many parents ask me for advice on how to keep their children healthy. For most parents and kids, hearing "diet and exercise" is not only intimidating but also overwhelming." Read more

Deciding About a Circumcision for Your Newborn Son
"If you and your family are undecided on the best choice for your newborn son, this article provides some basic information." Read more

Does My Child Get Enough Vitamin D?
"Living and working in the Pacific Northwest, we often hear questions about vitamin D, especially during the long dark winters." Read more

Good Nutrition and Your Child
"One of the most frequent questions I am asked is, 'Is my child eating enough?'" Read more

Great Ideas to Keep Your Kids Active
"Maybe recess is too short at your child's school. Or maybe sports teams aren't offered at school. Whatever the reason, a child with unspent energy requires creative solutions!" Read more

Healthy Start to the New School Year
"I can’t tell you how many kids come in with anxieties about how they’re fitting in or whether they’re going to have any friends." Read more

Help Your Kids Develop Safe Screen Habits
"Do you ever feel like your kids (and you) are spending too much time with electronic devices? Medical experts recommend that parents limit their children’s screen time." Read more

Home Safety and Your Child
"Safety: it's parents' number-one concern for their children. We all want our kids to be safe, healthy and happy." Read more

How to Help Kids (and You) Make Sense of School Lockdown Drills
"By law, every school in Washington needs to be prepared. But what do you say when your child is practicing for something unthinkable?" Read more

Is My Son Depressed, or Just Lazy?
"A mother will express concern that her son has been withdrawn, holed up in his room, eyes glued to his Xbox. He seems more irritable." Read more

Keeping Your Kids Active This Winter
"Winter is here! And with winter come cold, rainy, dark days. What is a parent to do with kids who have a lot of unspent energy?" Read more

Keeping Your Kids Healthy During Cold and Flu Season
"Labor Day has come and gone, the kids are back in school ... cold and flu season are lurking just around the corner." Read more

Kid's Safety on Halloween
"Halloween is a lot of fun, but it is also a lot riskier than other days of the year, too." Read more

Let's Get Healthy - Recommendations for Healthy Eating and Living
"Parents, did you know that over 30 percent of America's school-age youngsters are now overweight?" Read more

Outdoor Safety Tips for Your Children
"With the start of another beautiful Seattle spring and the promise of warmer weather to come, now is a great time to review outdoor safety tips with our children." Read more

Safety and Your School-Aged Child
"Did you know that injuries are the leading cause of death for school-aged children?" Read more

School Nutrition
"It may seem like summer just started, but back-to-school is just a couple weeks away. Transitioning back to a school schedule — such as getting back on a regular sleep cycle and doing nightly homework — can take weeks." Read more

Sleeping Tips for Your Family
"Every child is different, but there are certain basic principles that can guide parents in ensuring that their children have sound sleep habits." Read more

Starting Solid Foods—When, What, How?
"I remember having a conversation with my new-mom’s group as our babies were approaching the age of starting solid foods." Read more

Summertime and Your Kids
"Parents, what are you going to do with your kids this summer?" Read more

Ten Icky-Weather Activities for Kids
"Here are some creative ideas for keeping the young people in your life active and entertained this winter!" Read more

Tips When Heading Outdoors with Kids
"With this gorgeous summer weather beckoning everyone in the family outside, it is a good time to review and prepare for any injuries or illness you may encounter in your adventures." Read more

Vaccinating Against HPV
"Kim is a single mom, raising an 11-year-old daughter. She is well educated and wants to make the best decision for her daughter but is confused about the HPV vaccine." Read more

What's for Lunch at School?
"Kids are back at school again, and healthy eating habits in children are important for their well-being, growth and mental development." Read more

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Specialty Topics

5 Tips for Healthy Aging
"If you walk into a room and forget why you’re there, you’re not alone. Likewise, if you find yourself searching for a word that’s on the tip of your tongue, most likely there’s nothing wrong with your brain function. “Those are fairly normal distraction errors,” says Dr. Lisa Olsson, a neuropsychologist with Pacific Medical Centers who focuses on dementia, traumatic brain injury multiple sclerosis and developmental disabilities." Read more

Staying Cool During Back-to-school
"As summer comes to an end, children and parents are hustling to complete last-minute tasks in preparation for the upcoming academic year. In the overwhelming whirlwind of purchasing supplies, completing physicals and reevaluating bedtimes, anxiety about returning to school may settle in for youngsters." Read more

Summer Skin Care Safety
"Summer has finally graced Washington state with its presence, causing people to migrate outside for outdoors galore. Amid the excitement of celebratory BBQs, water park weekends and poolside lounging, it can be easy to neglect proper skin care for summertime. Thankfully, Pacific Medical Centers' dermatologist and U.S. Air Force Reserve senior flight surgeon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, McChord Field, Matthew R. Gee, MD, FAAD (Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology), is here to offer professional advice to ensure that time spent in the sun is safe and fun." Read more

Here Comes the Sun: Tips from Pacific Medical Centers
"Year-round use of sunscreen products with a sun protection factor (SPF) over 30 can greatly reduce the risk of skin cancers. If you’ll be outdoors all day or exposed to reflective elements like sand, water or snow, consider increasing the SPF and frequency you reapply." Read more

Advance Directives: End of Life on Your Terms
"There are three types of documents that inform others of your decisions for care at the end of your life." Read more

Be Winter-Ready, with Emergency Kits and Food
"...power outages, flooding, a cold house, being snowed in or getting stuck on the roads. All of which leads to one question: are you ready? " Read more

Better Awareness to Prevent Prostate Cancer
"Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men with more than two million men currently living with the disease." Read more

Cataracts, Prevention and Treatment
"Almost everyone knows an older family member or friend who has had cataracts. But what are cataracts?" Read more

Five Topics Women Are Too Embarrassed to Discuss with Their Doctor—but Shouldn’t Be
"Some health topics are embarrassing, so much that women are afraid to talk about them even in the privacy of a doctor’s office." Read more

Glaucoma Can Slowly, Silently Dim Your Vision
"Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness around the globe." Read more

How Strong Are Your Bones?
"We frequently hear talk of osteoporosis, but do you know what it is—or if you have it?" Read more

Osteoporosis, A Silent Disease
"Like high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a silent disease that can have devastating effects." Read more

Preparing for Your Pregnancy
"A woman who is thinking about pregnancy can reduce her stress and boost her potential for good health by visiting her doctor both before and during pregnancy." Read more

Put the PacMed Travel Clinic on Your Itinerary
"If you travel outside North America for business, school or pleasure, you'll want to be in good health when you go." Read more

Rejuvenating Your Face with Minimally Invasive Procedures
"Have you been wishing lately for a way to look as young and refreshed as you feel?" Read more

Steps to Prevent Heart Disease
"Heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States for many reasons, but individuals can fight back and not allow themselves to become a statistic." Read more

Urogynecology and Pelvic Floor Disorders
"Some people think these symptoms are normal signs of aging, but they’re not." Read more

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