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Study helps participants take action against developing diabetes

When single mom Sherronda Jamerson heard about RISE, a study for people who are at high risk of developing diabetes, she knew she needed to take action.

​​ Heart health and depression

Prediabetes: Take the Risk Test

May 2016 | Health Tips

In the U.S., 1 in 4 people has prediabetes. Of this number, nearly 90 percent are unaware they have it and are in danger of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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A new fix for 'leaky' heart valves drastically cuts patient recovery time

New titanium knees help competitive skier go for the gold

April 2016 | Health Tips

From inside the lodge, nurse and competitive skier Nancy Riley-Jones looked out on an achingly beautiful day at Silver Star Mountain in Canada. But severe knee pain had sent her inside before noon. As her friends hit the slopes, she realized it was time to do something.

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Heart disease awareness is important for all women

Zika: What Women Should Know​

April 2016 | Health Tips

The virus, which has no vaccine or cure, is especially dangerous for pregnant women because of its link to severe birth defects, such as microcephaly and brain tissue death.

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Heart health and depression

Heart health and depression

March 2016 | Health Tips

The link between mental health and heart health is substantial. People with depression are at a greater risk for developing heart disease, and depression after a heart attack or heart surgery is common, according to UW Medicine psychiatrist Mark Sullivan.

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A new fix for 'leaky' heart valves drastically cuts patient recovery time

A new fix for ‘leaky’ heart valves drastically cuts patient recovery time

March 2016 | Health Tips

For decades, doctors treating patients with a certain type of “leaky” heart valve had a standard playbook: open heart surgery. That typically meant a hospital stay of a week or more before patients could get back on their feet. A new, minimally invasive procedure can cut that recovery down to a single day.

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Heart disease awareness is important for all women

Heart disease awareness is important for all women

February 2016 | Health Tips

Not only is heart disease the No. 1 cause of death in women (and men), but it is also more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

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Heart Failure: Causes, symptoms and treatments

Heart Failure: Causes, symptoms and treatments

February 2016 | Health Tips

Heart failure is a common problem, especially among older Americans. It occurs when the heart cannot pump blood well enough to meet the body’s needs.

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Atrial Fibrillation: Treatments to get back on beat

Atrial Fibrillation: Treatments to get back on beat

February2016 | Health Tips

If you’ve had an exciting, nerve-wracking event, such as a promising Valentine’s Day date or giving a speech in public, then you’ve probably experienced the feeling of having "butterflies" in the stomach. But have you ever experienced the feeling of a butterfly or fish flopping in your chest?

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Heart disease awareness is important for all women

A triple play and safe at home: one woman’s story of heart disease

February2016 | Health Tips

Pat Carroll couldn’t catch her breath. The 62 year-old retiree, who works as a seating host for baseball games at Seattle’s Safeco Field and as a tour guide for Century Link Field, couldn’t walk more than a short distance without having to rest. And it was getting worse.

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Winter Sports Safety Tips

Winter Sports Safety Tips

January 2016 | Health Tips

The Pacific Northwest is a great place to enjoy winter sports, particularly downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. You can enhance your enjoyment of these winter activities and reduce your risk of injury by being prepared and following a few commonsense rules.

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Mindful Snacking Can Help Maintain a Healthy Weight

Mindful Snacking Can Help Maintain a Healthy Weight

January 2016 | Health Tips

Whether it's making too many trips to the office candy bowl or eating an entire bag of movie-theater popcorn, snacking is easy to blame when it comes to weight gain. In reality, snacking is an important tool in weight management, but the key is mindfulness when munching.

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Six Steps to a Healthier Year

Six Steps to a Healthier Year

January 2016 | Health Tips

Being physically active is just important to your mental health as your physical health. Keeping active will not only help you keep fit and maintain a healthy weight but also increase your energy and improve your mood.

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Coping with Holiday Stress

Coping with Holiday Stress

December 2015 | Health Tips

Are you singing the blues while everyone else sings holiday songs? This season brings with it an expectation that we should be joyful and in good cheer, but you’re not alone if you feel more stressed, depressed or anxious during this time of year.

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Put Safety First When Buying Gifts

Put Safety First When Buying Gifts

December 2015 | Health Tips

The winter holidays bring fun-filled gift exchanges and delight for children. But friends, parents and family members may not have safety at the top of the mind when there is a mile-long checkout line at the toy store and a mountain of things to do.

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Tips to Prevent Fires and Burns

Tips to Prevent Burns and Home Fires

November 2015 | Health Tips

Most residential fires that occur during the winter months are preventable, said Dr. Nicole Gibran, a UW Medicine physician and director of the UW Medicine Regional Burn Center at Harborview Medical Center.

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UW Medicine Virtual Clinic Provides Care At Your Convenience

UW Medicine Virtual Clinic Provides Care At Your Convenience

November 2015 | Virtual Clinic

A virtual clinic allows patients to receive healthcare from the comfort of their home or office any time of the day or night without an appointment.

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The Importance of Primary Care

The Importance of Having a Primary Care Provider

November 2015 | Primary Care

One of the major roles of a primary care provider is making sure you get the right preventive care, such as immunizations and screening tests.

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The Key to Weight Loss

The Key to Weight Loss

November 2015 | Primary Care

If you’ve stepped on the scale and resolved to lose weight, learn how to do it in a healthy way.

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Are You Ready for Flu Season

Are You Ready for Flu Season?

October 2015 | Primary Care

Two simple actions can help you avoid catching the flu. Find out what they are.​

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Sports Concussion Should Be Treated Seriously

Sports Concussion Should Be Treated Seriously

October 2015 | Primary Care

Concussions are extremely common, but even mild concussions should be taken seriously.​

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Immunizations Help Teens Stay Healthy Year Round

Dealing with Teen Anxiety

October 2015 | Primary Care

Almost every adolescent experiences anxiety at some time during their teenage years. Learn how to help your teen cope.​

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Immunizations Help Teens Stay Healthy Year Round

Immunizations Help Teens Stay Healthy Year Round

September 2015 | Primary Care

Learn why it is important to keep your preteens and teens updated on recommended vaccines.

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Healthy Eating Tips for Teens

Healthy Eating Tips for Teens

September 2015 | Primary Care

Teach your children and teens about the importance of good nutrition early and make healthy choices easy.

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Water Safety

Prevent Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Young Athletes

September 2015 | Primary Care

The leading cause of death among young athletes is not head injury or trauma during sports, but sudden cardiac arrest.

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Water Safety

Taking Control of Asthma

September 2015 | Primary Care

About 17 million Americans have asthma, of whom about 5 million are children.

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Six healthy things to do in September

Six healthy things to do in September

September 2015 | Primary Care

When summer ends and school begins, it can be a difficult transition for parents and kids. Here are a few things to help your family sail through September in good health.

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Water Safety

Water Safety: Tips for Kids and Adults

June 2015 | Primary Care | Alex Quistberg

Taking precautions around water is important for people of all ages. UW Medicine provides tips to stay safe while swimming and boating this summer.

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Prevent Window Falls

Prevent Window Falls

June 2015 | Primary Care

More than 30 children were treated for injuries related to window falls at Harborview Medical Center last year. A few simple precautions can keep your kids safe around windows.

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Summer safety 101

Summer Safety 101

June 2015 | Primary Care | Brian D Johnston

Summer risks are especially great when the warm weather hits. Whether swimming or watching the fireworks, stay safe with advice from the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.

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Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

June 2015 | Primary Care | Beth Ebel

Driving while talking on a cellphone or texting can be as dangerous as driving drunk. Learn how to be less distracted while driving.

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Six Tips to Stay Safe in the Wilderness

Six Tips to Stay Safe in the Wilderness

June 2015 | Primary Care | Andrew Luks

Stay safe on your next adventure into the wild by planning ahead, anticipating what might go wrong and taking steps to prepare for it.

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ATVs Pose a Safety Threat to Children

ATVs Pose a Safety Threat to Children

August 2014 | Primary Care | Monica Shanta Vavilala

Children are at a high risk for injury when using all-terrain vehicles. But the risk can be lowered by following safety recommendations from UW Medicine.

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