Fortunately, in the office practice of medicine, we rely on many low tech procedures — talking with patients, listening with our stethoscopes and running blood tests. When we move to more sophisticated functions, there is a greater likelihood of having technical difficulties – as with this website. For the past few weeks, we have been…

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How much should we care about “baby teeth”?  After all, there’s another set of “real” teeth coming in a few years, right?  When we look at the facts, there’s a lot of reason to care about those pearly white primary teeth and it’s not just about the tooth fairy!   What was once known as…

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For years, heart disease has been the number one cause of death.  Very soon, cancer might take that position, as the incidence of cancer worldwide is estimated to skyrocket from 14 million cases in 2012 to 22 million within two decades.  The cancer deaths are predicted to increase from 8.3 to 13 million during that…

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I was diagnosed with CLL, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia more than 7 ½ years ago. Despite one relapse three years later, I’ve lived a normal life. I’ve continued to teach communications skills domestically and abroad. I have traveled extensively overseas to a dozen countries and joyously witnessed our older son’s marriage in November. Nonetheless, when a…

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How serious a problem is intestinal gas? Serrin’s mind started wandering after she read an article titled “Flatulent Cows Start Fire at German Dairy Farm.” Ninety cows producing methane gas plus a static charge resulted in one cow being burnt and damage to the barn. It led to wondering whether humans might pose a similar…

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SHALL I COMPARE THEE TO A SUMMER’S DAY? Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou are more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Sometime too hot the eyes of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion…

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Many people believe that addiction, and certainly more “serious” drug use or abuse is limited to the inner city – people in gangs, homeless, chronically mentally ill. This is simply false. The recent death of famous actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and local McLean High School student Emilee Lonczak is opening the dialogue not just about…

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