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Beat the heat: Diabetic safety

Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Wear light, loose clothing. Anyone who’s lived in Kittitas County for more than a year knows these basics for survival in the summer heat. If you’re diabetic, there’s another concern to add to the list: extreme temperatures can spike your blood sugar levels, and wreak havoc on testing equipment and medication. […]

The pandemic & depression in teens

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics We are all dealing in some way with the ravages of COVID-19 – isolation, financial hardships, personal illness or illness of loved ones, changes in education or work. Our kids are also being affected, and teens in particular have been noted to have a significant increase in mental health […]

Talking about racism to children

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics Racism is front and center now, and parents may wonder how to have important conversations with their child about diversity, equality, and discrimination. It helps to keep your discussion age-appropriate, share your feelings and listen to your child. Under age 5 years – Studies have revealed that even infants […]

Safe behavior as restrictions ease

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics After what has felt like a very long time “sheltering in place” due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are on the verge of easing of some restrictions. Whew! The problem is, of course, that if people do not follow the safety rules of social distancing and wearing masks, cases […]

Coronavirus: a local story

Click here to be directed to our COVID information site. Dr. Jie Casey took one look at his 67-year-old patient and asked her if she was feeling okay. “She’s been sick for a couple of weeks,” her husband interjected. So Dr. Casey sat on the exam table and began to ask the couple questions, learning […]

More than medical care: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Last week, some 100 forensic nurses from around the country gathered in Washington DC, seeking help with funding for research, education and prevention efforts related to sexual assault. It’s an ongoing battle to represent the needs of patients who rarely speak for themselves. Here in Kittitas County, we’re nearing […]