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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…

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Two weeks ago we were in Japan.  It was an amazing and interesting country and culture for us to explore.  The Japanese we met during our trip were so polite, so gentle, and very formal in many ways.  Their streets were absolutely clean, something we had heard from many friends who had travelled to Japan…

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Senator John McCain’s “maverick” politics placed him among the most intriguing contemporary legislators. His policies and feud with the current president continue to inspire support and criticism from the partisan masses. But Senator McCain’s last year of life also inspired conversations about how we cope with illness, both individually and collectively. In July of 2017,…

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Every time my husband and I are in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, visiting my parents-in-law, we make sure to join them for the Saturday ritual of going to the wonderful Carrboro Farmers Market. The market is quite extensive, with cheese, pasta, gourmet soup or  bread makers, mushroom farmers, and flower growers, in addition to the…

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Amy Riolo is an award-winning author, lecturer, food historian and cooking instructor. This recipe is adapted from her book, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook, Harness the Power of the World’s Healthiest Diet to Live Better, Longer. Part of her journey revolved around trying to understand why her relatives who continued to live in Italy were so much…

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It’s officially summer and time for a new twist on healthy salads. No recipe needed. Mint is plentiful and returns year after year. If you grew it last year, it’s waiting for you right now! Or find a bunch or small plant at a farmer’s market or supermarket. I find that the fruits that pair…

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The summer is finally descending on to our area.  It seems as if the rain has been incessant, soaking my treasured tropical and cactus plants on my deck.  We saw some speckles of sun yesterday and decided to keep our plan to go to a BBQ and Music festival in Washington DC. We are trying…

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*Low Dose Aspirin May Lower Rate of Preterm Birth (PTB)* A recent study, released on June 15, 2018,  by researchers from the Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, showed how baby aspirin use significantly lowers the rate of preterm birth in patients less than 34 weeks pregnant.…

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Over the years, I have heard of many suicides from patients and friends, from the media on famous people like the Hemingway family members or actor Robin Williams.  There was an elderly patient who went to me for quite a few years, forming a mutual bond beyond the usual patient-doctor relationship.  I knew many details…

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