Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Early this morning, many members in my bootcamp and I gathered at Dr. Rebecca Katz’s home for the Turkey Chase event in Bethesda, Maryland to raise funds for local charities.  This Turkey Chase of 6.2 miles or 10K run is taking place everywhere, and many local charity organizations…

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Each physician went into his specialty for a reason.  Some of us, like me as an obstetrician, want to see the beginning of life while others do not mind dealing with the end of life.  I knew I didn’t want to be a pediatrician shortly after my third year rotation in the Children’s hospital in…

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Whether you’re looking over choices through an employer or participating as an individual, there are some basic features to explore. This information came my way through MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. It’s brief and well-organized and meant to be shared with our patients, so rather than re-invent the wheel, I’ll just paraphrase the essentials…

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Last Sunday, Dr. Marsha Seidelman, Dr. Mimi Nguyen (an orthodontist), my husband David, and I ran the Across the Bay Bridge 10K event.  As you know, the Bay Bridge connects Annapolis to the Maryland Eastern Shore area, crossing the Chesapeake Bay.  The Bay Bridge walk has been an annual event for decades (with occasional years…

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Today’s featured move is a reverse lift. It targets the lower abdomen -­ the transverse abdominis muscle. Lie on the mat, lift your legs, knees together and flexed gently. Your arms are down at your sides. As you tighten/contract the lower abdominal muscles lift the hips slightly off the floor, pause, and then slowly lower…

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I just finished another on-call weekend, the second to the last weekend I will have to be on-call this year.  It turned out to be among the “most brutal” on-call weekends I can remember from recent years.  I worked from 7A.M. on Friday morning to 3P.M. on Sunday when I got to leave the hospital…

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1.  FDA Warning of V26 Slimming Coffee Product The FDA recently warned that V26 Slimming Coffee Product, a weight loss product, contains Sibutramine, a substance withdrawn from the market since 2010.  Sibutramine might increase blood pressure and pulse rate in patients with cardiovascular diseases or stroke.  References: FDA.gov, MPR Daily Dose 2.  Physical Activities Decrease…

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Recently Cologuard has been in the news. What is it? Cologuard is a Medicare/Medicaid approved stool analysis which aims to detect alterations in the DNA associated with colon cancer and precancerous polyps. It combines analysis for a variety of abnormal patterns in your DNA with a fecal immunochemical test or FIT, which assesses for blood in the…

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