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Lady Docs Corner Cafe Blog - April 2014

Myanmar Beauty is More than Skin Deep
written by Mylene Huynh, M.D., MPH
on Wednesday, 30th April, 2014

Myanmar women, like wise women elsewhere in the world, make effort to protect their skin from the sun damaging effects. In Myanmar, women (and children) wear a yellow chalky "thanaka" paste made from a fragrant tree balk...spread in a circular, square or more sophisticated pattern on their cheeks, nose and forehead for sun protection. Many of my patients work on plantations ...

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April 29th -- A Remembrance of Leaving South Vietnam
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

Today marks the 39th year when South Vietnam fell to communism. As usual, I called my father who lives in northern Virginia to make sure he is feeling okay. He was cheerful and reminded me how it was rainy that afternoon 39 years ago, when our family was fortunate and lucky as we were allowed to climb a ladder and on to the American Embassy roof in Saigon (South Vietnam’s ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- First Day in Naypyidaw Clinic 04/06/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Monday, 28th April, 2014

After a wonderful breakfast in the Amara hotel, where I thought I had the sweetest papaya since I had come to Myanmar, the bus took us to the Naypyidaw Hospital. We were told it was the best hospital in Myanmar. After all, Naypyidaw is Myanmar's new capital since 2005. According to an article in the NYT,Naypyidaw or "Royal Capital" in Burmese, was secretly built by the ruling ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- A Day On Inle Lake 04/05/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Friday, 25th April, 2014

Early in the morning, we woke up to a sumptuous breakfast on a terrace overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Pristine Lotus Hotel. I could see a glimpse of the Inle Lake from a distance. This is where we will take a boat ride to see the town and the area around Inle Lake. The breakfast was among the best we’ve had in Myanmar and most, if not all, the guests we saw ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- Clinic in the Nyaung Shwe area 04/04/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Today we went to the clinic in Naung Shwe, Shan State. As with the other clinics, we arrived with the entourage of women from the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA), a powerful organization in Myanmar, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization). The members of this group were almost all women and were mostly physicians themselves. I heard that many of them ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- Ho-Pone Clinic, 04/03/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

We arrived at the Ho-Pone clinic on a very hot sunny day. The roads leading to the clinic were narrow and the clinic was located at the crossing of three roads. The driver had to park quite far from the entrance. From a distance, we could see hundreds of villagers lining up near the entrance. There was a large group of women wearing their traditional outfits ready to greet ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- Day 2, Taunggyi Township Clinic, the Women's Hospital,04/02/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Tuesday, 22nd April, 2014

Our team visited the town market in the morning, a colorful street market full of flowers and vegetables. Some of the vegetables and roots were too exotic for me to recognize. I remember walking with my housekeeper through similar markets in Vietnam as a little girl. My stomach was much stronger then, as I could sit down and have a bowl of noodles without having to worry about ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- Taunggyi Township Clinic, the First Patients 04/01/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Monday, 21st April, 2014

I had been awake since 5 a.m. and could no longer fall asleep. I put on my running pants (as women in Myanmar do not wear shorts) and headed out of the hotel for a run. I was advised not to run alone, but I had to do something to build up my energy. The streets were full of flowering trees, with purple and yellow beads of flowers cascading down the trees. The Morning glories ...

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Trekking to Myanmar's Clinics: Diary of a Medical Missionary -- The Bus to Infinity...Road to Taunggyi 3/31/14
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 19th April, 2014

We landed in Myanmar on 3/30/14 and it took us quite a while to get to our hotel near the airport, as all of us had to help transport 40 heavy boxes of medical equipment and medication. I had never been on a medical mission before and was unaware of how much “extra” work like sorting and moving crates is involved before and during the trip. The team organizers and ...

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What's New in the Brain: Update in Neurology from the American College of Physicians Annual Meeting 2014
written by Linda Yau, M.D., F.A.C.P.
on Friday, 18th April, 2014

Last week I had the privilege of attending the ACP Annual Meeting where 10,000 internists from the United States and the international community meet to attend talks on the state of the latest in the field. Dr. Martin A. Samuels, the Chairman of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, summarized some the major findings in Neurology research this past year: 1) Alzheimer’s ...

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