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Why Is Weight Loss So Difficult - A Scientific Explanation
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 31st October, 2018

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to a Smithsonian sponsored talk by Dr. Hall, who is a Senior Investigator at NIH and chief of one of the research programs at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that reaches across different branches of the institute. It was the first talk in a series called “Pulse on Modern Medicine”. ...

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Just Keep Truckin'
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

You may have heard recently that lack of exercise is a greater risk factor for death than high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking. I was curious to see whether this was a sensational headline or if there was good data to back up the claim. The article referred to in the popular press was posted on the open network of the Journal of the American Medical Association (jamanetwork.com), ...

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Big News From the FDA Today Regarding e-cigarettes
written by Marsha Seidelman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 12th September, 2018

Well, we’re finally seeing some action on e-cigarette use in youth! It’s a few years too late, but hopefully we can catch up. E-cigarettes are a form of ENDS, or electronic nicotine delivery systems. We reviewed some pros and cons of the first generation of these devices in October, 2014. “We've worked so hard for decades to limit teen use of cigarettes. Why ...

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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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