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Have you noticed there are so many numbers on your menus?
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 5th August, 2018

Over the past few years, and more commonly in the last few months, you may have noticed calorie counts on menus. Federal requirements for this information have been in the works for years, with some cities and states leading the way. New York City was at the forefront with implementation in 2008. Since these rules mainly affected chains of restaurants, having different requirements ...

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Dr. Rachel Schreiber welcomes spring by talking to Kojo Nnamdi on NPR
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Thursday, 29th March, 2018

Our own Dr. Rachel Schreiber, former President of the Greater Washington Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, was interviewed at length on the Kojo Nnamdi show on NPR. I was so proud of her - so calm, so knowledgeable! She answered Kojo's questions and those from many callers. They covered everything from the most common allergens, to why the Washington DC metro area ...

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Secondhand Smoke - The Times They Are a'Changing
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 7th March, 2018

It seems almost comical now, looking back to measures that were taken to reduce SHS exposure - non-smoking sections in airplanes. You can smoke in row 11 when the non-smoking section was rows 1-10. You could smoke on one side of a restaurant without concern for the SHS exposure to your waitstaff and to the diners two tables away from you. When the hospitals went smoke free, walking ...

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Medical Marijuana - It's Complicated
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Tuesday, 23rd January, 2018

Recent approval of marijuana for medical use has brought up more questions than it has answered. The main conundrum is how this substance can be legal in various states - in 29 for medical use and in 7 for recreational use - but still be illegal in the eyes of the federal government. How does that affect us as physicians who could potentially be asked to ‘prescribe’ ...

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A Few Thoughts About Supplements
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

Thanks to Dr. Nathan for bringing our attention to an article in the New York Times on 1/5/2018 titled, “How to Counter the Circus of Pseudoscience,” by Lisa Pryor, a medical doctor and author of “A Small Book About Drugs.” It might lend some insight into the struggles we physicians have with saying yes or no to supplements that our patients ask about. ...

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Why Are Your Fingers Turning Colors?
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Thursday, 28th December, 2017

As the cold weather returns, I warn my patients frequently about my cold hands. They’re cold during the summer, but much worse during the winter. Like many of my patients, I not only have cold hands, but I have Raynaud’s. When I’m out in the cold, touch a cold steering wheel, or sometimes walk through the freezer section in the supermarket, my fingertips turn ...

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Exercise Can Prevent Deaths
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Sunday, 10th December, 2017

You may be tired of hearing that exercise is good for you. And you may wonder if it’s too late to start a routine once you’ve already been diagnosed with heart disease. It has been shown many times over that exercise is helpful in both primary prevention (i.e. no known heart disease) and secondary prevention (i.e. had a diagnosis of heart disease or a cardiac event ...

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Ten Percent Is Nothing To Sneeze At
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 6th December, 2017

As you might have read recently, review of the influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere demonstrated that this year’s flu vaccine was only 10% effective there. It is too early in the Northern Hemisphere to predict whether the vaccine that we have been giving will be any more effective. We do know that the vaccine composition is similar, and presumably, the flu viruses ...

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Your Pocket Cheat Sheet to Help Reduce Holiday Stress
written by Gail Gaspar, MA, CPCC, ACC
on Wednesday, 15th November, 2017

By Gail Gaspar as presented on www.gailgaspar.com. Photo above copyright Gail Gaspar 2017. Holidays can be wonderful but many, if not most, families do have some stress associated with these gatherings. It can be a sad time for those who have lost relatives in the past year, or who are missing relatives who they enjoyed spending holidays with over the years. The stress ...

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Just One Word ... Plastics
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 1st November, 2017

Sometimes you hear a news clip that impacts you due to where and when you hear them. A few weeks ago, I listened to a report on plastics on NPR while driving out to the Chesapeake Bay. The researchers who were being interviewed examined drinking water in developed vs. developing countries. They expected to find that advanced water treatment in countries like ours would result ...

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