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Today marks the fourth anniversary of the day my mother died from a hard fall at a local hospital in Northern Virginia, the day before she was supposed to be discharged from the hospital to a rehab center.  She was a poorly controlled diabetic who suffered all kinds of complications from her surgery.  Routinely, patients…

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Do you exercise? If you don’t, is it intimidating to think of getting started? Have you stopped for a while? Isn’t it hard to get that motivation to get moving once again? As I was watching Dr. Tran run ahead of me on the C & O canal, taking pictures as she went, I was…

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*Vitamin D Consumption During Pregnancy and Lower Incidence of Allergy in Children.*  A study by Mount Sinai researchers found a 20% reduction rate in allegies in children whose mothers had a higher consumption of Vitamin D-rich food during pregnancy.  The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, involved 1,248 mothers and their…

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I recently heard a very scary story from my friend.  Her father had called her at work saying he was not feeling well, and that an alarm was loudly blaring in the background.  She made out the mechanical sounding words, “Carbon monoxide” by the alarm system.  Immediately she told her father to open the windows…

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