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Thu Tran, MD,FACOG

We Are What We Eat: Stay Slim the Japanese Way

February 28, 2019

I often heard the expression “We are what we eat,” which turned me immediately off from certain foods.  Who would like to be a cow? Chicken? Pig? Should I be a turnip or donut? An apple or brownie? There is some truth in this statement, however, I secretly agreed. Studies on obesity have shed some…

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I Don’t Have Answers About Life and Death and Neither Do You, But Let’s Live Our Life Better.

February 17, 2019

This morning I went to the funeral of a little boy I delivered two and a half years ago.  I have taken care of his mother for quite a few years as I also delivered his older sister.  He died after a brave and ferocious battle against rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma in…

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Social Connections as The Secret of Happiness

December 26, 2018

Are you alone at this time of the year, or do you plan to spend time with your family and friends? Do you know of the loners in your neighborhood or your work places?  If you have, like me, many holiday gatherings to go to, count yourself very lucky.  You might complain how you do…

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A Thanksgiving Message from an Interfaith Service at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac

November 21, 2018

I love Thanksgiving as it marks the beginning of the holiday season.  It also reminds me of all the important relationships I have in my life.  It’s a “home coming” kind of holiday and one of kindness, where many of us look out for those who don’t have too many social ties, who yearn to…

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Nevertheless, We Persist…

October 13, 2018

Two years ago, one of my 18 year old patients almost killed herself.  Her mom told me how she came home abruptly from college and showed signs of severe depression.  An emergency appointment with a therapist revealed how she recently was raped on her college campus by a male student she knew.  Her college administrators…

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A Day In Hiroshima: Tolling the Bell for Peace

September 1, 2018

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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Tomato Day: A Morning at Carrboro Farmers Market

July 21, 2018

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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A Summer BBQ Festival: A Face of America

June 24, 2018

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 as Preterm Birth Prevention; Low Levels Alcohol Consumption & Brain Health; Grilled Meat & Elevated Blood Pressure

June 23, 2018

*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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Parts Unknown: What I Will Miss About Anthony Bourdain

June 14, 2018

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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