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2019 National Race to End Women's Cancer
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Monday, 4th November, 2019

This morning, my husband and I and several friends met at Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C. for our third 5K run/walk for National Race to End Women’s Cancer, to support the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.  Gynecologic cancers include Ovarian, Cervical, Endometrial/Uterine, Vulva and Vaginal Cancer.  According to the American Cancer Society statistics, there were 110,070 ...

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Hypertension Effect in Pre-Pregnancy Period; USPSTF Drafted Recommendation on HCV Screening; Prolonged Topical Steroid Use and Type 2 Diabetes,
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 31st August, 2019

*Hypertension in Either Partner Can Delay Pregnancy Time*  A study from China of 2,234,350 eligible couples, spanning from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016, showed that preconception hypertension in either partner (high blood pressure in pre-pregnancy period) would prolonged the time to pregnancy. Women with hypertension were found to have 21% lower rate of pregnancy compared ...

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The Gastric Cancer that Never Was
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Friday, 16th August, 2019

This blog probably will be among the longest ones you have seen from me.  I often warn my women friends whenever I write a long email, to tell them what I think about the week, from political news to social issues to all the “interesting” events happening to me that week.  I advise them to empty their bladder, make a cup of coffee or tea and some snacks, and sit somewhere ...

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The Unwinding of the Miracle, by Julie Yip-Williams
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 2nd June, 2019

“ They say that youth is wasted on the young.  Now, as I approach my final days, I realize that health is wasted on the healthy, and life is wasted on the living.  I never understood that until now, as I prepare in earnest to leave this life.” Of all the powerful statements in Julie Yip William’s moving memoir, the above quote summarized best how she realized wisdom ...

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We Are What We Eat: Stay Slim the Japanese Way
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Thursday, 28th February, 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 light on why some people have struggled with their weight.  Many reasons ...

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I Don't Have Answers About Life and Death and Neither Do You, But Let's Live Our Life Better.
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Sunday, 17th February, 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 children.  The cancer, however, was much more ferocious than his treatment. ...

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Social Connections as The Secret of Happiness
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 26th December, 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 not have enough time to “relax,” with all the running around getting gifts for family members ...

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A Thanksgiving Message from an Interfaith Service at Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Wednesday, 21st November, 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 feel “belonged, and invite them to join our feast. It’s interesting to learn ...

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Nevertheless, We Persist...
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 13th October, 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 were then notified by the patient and her parents.  ...

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A Day In Hiroshima: Tolling the Bell for Peace
written by Thu Tran, MD,FACOG
on Saturday, 1st September, 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 before.  In many public places in Japan, there are no trashcans! People ...

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