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I Don't Have Answers About Life and Death and Neither Do You, But Let's Live Our Life Better.
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 17th February, 2019

This morning I went to the funeral of a little boy I delivered two and a half years ago. I have taken care of his mother for quite a few years as I also delivered his older sister. He died after a brave and ferocious battle against rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. The cancer, however, was much more ferocious than his treatment. I came ...

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Social Connections as The Secret of Happiness
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 26th December, 2018

Are you alone at this time of the year, or do you plan to spend time with your family and friends? Do you know of the loners in your neighborhood or your work places? If you have, like me, many holiday gatherings to go to, count yourself very lucky. You might complain how you do not have enough time to “relax,” with all the running around getting gifts for family ...

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A Thanksgiving Message from an Interfaith Service at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 21st November, 2018

I love Thanksgiving as it marks the beginning of the holiday season. It also reminds me of all the important relationships I have in my life. It’s a “home coming” kind of holiday and one of kindness, where many of us look out for those who don’t have too many social ties, who yearn to feel “belonged, and invite them to join our feast. It’s ...

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Nevertheless, We Persist...
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 13th October, 2018

Two years ago, one of my 18 year old patients almost killed herself. Her mom told me how she came home abruptly from college and showed signs of severe depression. An emergency appointment with a therapist revealed how she recently was raped on her college campus by a male student she knew. Her college administrators were then notified by the patient and her parents. This ...

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A Day In Hiroshima: Tolling the Bell for Peace
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 1st September, 2018

Two weeks ago we were in Japan. It was an amazing and interesting country and culture for us to explore. The Japanese we met during our trip were so polite, so gentle, and very formal in many ways. Their streets were absolutely clean, something we had heard from many friends who had travelled to Japan before. In many public places in Japan, there are no trashcans! People ...

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Tomato Day: A Morning at Carrboro Farmers Market
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 21st July, 2018

Every time my husband and I are in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, visiting my parents-in-law, we make sure to join them for the Saturday ritual of going to the wonderful Carrboro Farmers Market. The market is quite extensive, with cheese, pasta, gourmet soup or bread makers, mushroom farmers, and flower growers, in addition to the usual vendors of fruits and vegetables. There ...

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A Summer BBQ Festival: A Face of America
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 24th June, 2018

The summer is finally descending on to our area. It seems as if the rain has been incessant, soaking my treasured tropical and cactus plants on my deck. We saw some speckles of sun yesterday and decided to keep our plan to go to a BBQ and Music festival in Washington DC. We are trying to keep ourselves on mostly a fish and vegetable diet, but we can’t talk about summers ...

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Low Dose Aspirin as Preterm Birth Prevention; Low Levels Alcohol Consumption & Brain Health; Grilled Meat & Elevated Blood Pressure
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 23rd June, 2018

Low Dose Aspirin May Lower Rate of Preterm Birth (PTB) A recent study, released on June 15, 2018, by researchers from the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, showed how baby aspirin use significantly lowers the rate of preterm birth in patients less than 34 weeks pregnant. In this study, consisting of 2543 women ...

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Parts Unknown: What I Will Miss About Anthony Bourdain
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Thursday, 14th June, 2018

Over the years, I have heard of many suicides from patients and friends, from the media on famous people like the Hemingway family members or actor Robin Williams. There was an elderly patient who went to me for quite a few years, forming a mutual bond beyond the usual patient-doctor relationship. I knew many details about her personal life including a very close relationship ...

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Basic Strategies for Stress Management
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

Everyone deals with stress in his or her own way. Some of us seem to have as busy and as stressful a life as others, yet we seem to have little or no anxiety or depression, whereas others in similar situations suffer significantly. Some of us, when feeling stressed, develop “bad” habits, like drinking alcohol or using other drugs, or engaging in binge eating. Others ...

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