SEATTLE, Sept. 26, 2012 - Swedish Medical Center and Douglas Backous, M.D., medical director of the Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, will host the world’s first live-instagrammed and live-tweeted cochlear implant (hearing restoration) surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time (PT).
Swedish to Host World’s First Live-Instagrammed, Live-Tweeted Hearing Restoration Surgery as Part of Month-Long Educational Web Series on Hearing Loss
First you can’t remember where you left your keys. Then an acquaintance’s name just won’t come to you.
Is it just old age or is it a memory disorder? Sometimes it’s hard to tell and not knowing can be equally as frustrating as forgetfulness itself.
The best way to head off memory loss and to figure out if that is in fact what you’re experiencing is to talk with your doctor and discuss your concerns. Of course, it’s not always easy or convenient to get to the doctor. Dr. Lily Jung-Henson, of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, holds free community classes that cover these issues and allow you the chance to get some of your questions answered.
Partnering with Dr. Arpan Waghray, Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Swedish, and other members of the Swedish Rehab Services team in Issaquah, Dr. Jung-Henson will be holding a class called “Taking Control of Your Brain Health” on Saturday, September 29.
This free class will be held at the Swedish/Issaquah hospital in the Highlands from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will help you answer questions such as:
SEATTLE, Aug. 29, 2012 - The Issaquah Press posted an article on their web site today headlined 'Issaquah brothers become brain surgeons for a day' about two Issaquah brothers who were among those invited by the Swedish Neuroscience Institute to become brain surgeons for a day on Aug. 24.
SEATTLE, Aug. 27, 2012 – Since its opening in 2008, the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (the Ivy Center) at Swedish Medical Center's Neuroscience Institute has led the expansion drive of major research projects and expanded treatment options for patients living with brain cancer in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world. The Ivy Center was founded in 2008 to create a world-class treatment and research facility focused on delivering excellent patient care and advancing progress toward more effective treatments for brain cancer.
In the clinic, we work with stroke patients and their families to help them understand the risk of having a second stroke and what they can do to reduce their risk. Lifestyle and medical conditions determine your risk for a first, or second, stroke.
- Do you have high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol?
- Do you have diabetes?
- Have you been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you avoid exercise?
- Has a close relative had a stroke?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re at greater risk for having a stroke. If you’ve already had a stroke, your “yes” answers mean you’re more likely to have another one.
Your lifestyle can help you avoid a first or second stroke. And, because family history is a stroke risk factor, your entire family can benefit from a healthy way of life. Pledge to help each other stick to a routine that includes:
- No smoking
- Healthy eating
- Regular exercise
- Taking medications are directed
- Losing weight if you are overweight or obese
- Drinking alcohol only in moderation
- Taking low-dose aspirin or a similar medicine (if recommended by your doctor)
- Managing your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
Do you or someone you know shake when raising a glass of water to drink or have problems writing a check at the grocery store?
If so, essential tremor may be the cause. Essential Tremor (ET) is the most common movement disorder and those suffering from it experience uncontrolled movement , usually of the hands and arms. Over 10 million Americans are diagnosed, yet many people have never heard of it. Some assume shaking is just a sign of aging or they fear they may have Parkinson’s disease. ET differs from Parkinson's in many ways, one being ET is an "action" tremor (more pronounced when trying to complete a task) where a person with Parkinson's has tremors more often at rest and the shaking may actually lessen during activity.
Essential Tremor is caused by overactive cells in the area of the brain called the thalamus. The thalamus is about the size of a walnut and within the brain there are two of them. If there are overactive cells in the right thalamus, the person will have signs of tremor on the left side and vice versa. Some patients suffer from tremor on both sides.
It is important to know Essential Tremor is a treatable condition.
There are three common methods of treatment:
Dr. Greg Foltz, a brain surgeon from the Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle is inviting 25 people (including students) to join him on Friday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to become a “Brain Surgeon for a Day.” (Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2012.)
Randomly selected individuals will spend time learning about the brain and its key parts. These individuals will see how Swedish surgeons are using the latest research to find new treatments for brain cancer. As part of the event, these individuals will:
- Walk away with their own pair of Swedish medical “scrubs”, just like a doctor
- Participate in a behind the scenes tour and gain special access to places within the hospital most visitors do not get to see
- Rub elbows in the confides of the “green room” and meet some of the smartest physicians of the Pacific Northwest region
- Learn about brain tumors and why some are so deadly
At the conclusion of the tour, Dr. Foltz and other neuroscientists will host a lunch session with participants about his every day battle against brain cancer, a disease he hopes will be cured one day soon.
“Brain Surgeon for a Day” Schedule of Events:
- 11:00 AM: Scrub Up with your new pair of medical scrubs
- 11:05 AM: Meet and Greet with Dr. Greg Foltz of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Swedish
- 11:15 AM: Take part in an interactive session with brain tissue samples at the Seattle Science Foundation
- 11:50 AM: Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center research lab, clinic and research partners
- 12:05 PM: Visit a behind-the-scenes location
- 12:20 PM: Lunch and Q&A session with Dr. Foltz and other special guests
- 1:00 PM Conclusion
Other possible events during the two-hour event:
- See the first commercial Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Core Facility in the U.S. and how it is being used for brain cancer.
- Explore the genome sequencing machines that help decode DNA in tumors.
- Meet ....