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In late spring, my husband David and I and some friends from our Lady Docs Corner Cafe group started funding a project for the William Penn House, a wonderful Quaker organization in Southeast Washington D.C., to plant garden boxes for some families in the areas.  Inner city residents in Washington D.C. have a big problems…

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I was excited to read this personal account of race in the medical profession, and it did not disappoint. Dr.Tweedy, a Duke-trained psychiatrist, discusses his experiences from medical school through his training in a white-dominated system. He discusses both his class- and race-based insecurities, being less financially advantaged than his peers. He reviews the disparities…

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With the start of the school year,  students, teachers, and parents usually experience a mix of hope and anxiety as they anticipate the school year and the challenges and opportunities ahead. Students benefit from having tools for handling the inevitable stresses that the school year will bring.  Involvement in extracurricular activities such as sports and…

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Vitamin C A recent Health Pearl by Dr. Tran noted that Vitamin C can have one positive effect on the body that is related to heart disease. It can decrease endothelia-1, which can constrict blood vessels. The article mentioned that Vitamin C, like exercise, can decrease this level. Of note, however, is that Vitamin C itself has…

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Today was my Friday off.  I went to the Gym for an intense but fun bootcamp class.  My friend Dr. Diane Laurin was there for the class too, and to pick up a parcel from me.  It’s September 11, and we are in the same exercise class.  I reminded Diane how, ironically, just a few…

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For Fall allergy sufferers, the late summer and early fall bring weed pollen allergies.  In the DC area, Ragweed is one of the main pollens in the air.  But there are other (less well known, but equally important) weeds that can affect allergy sufferers in the fall.  In addition to weed pollens, we see a…

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*Can Vitamin C supplement replace exercise?* A study from University of Colorado in Boulder reported that Vitamin C supplementation (500mg/day, time-released) can be as effective as walking for cardiovascular benefits in overweight and obese adults.  The study was presented by Dr. Caitlin Dow on Friday, September 4 at the14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, …

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