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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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Mentoring Matters
written by Sheila Overton, M.D.
on Wednesday, 20th February, 2019

/“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing you the way. A mentor./”   Denzel Washington A mentor can be defined as “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.” In Greek mythology ...

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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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So, how's that New Year's resolution to lose weight going?
written by Renu Mansukhani, M.D.
on Saturday, 26th January, 2019

So, how's that New Year's resolution to lose weight going? As a physician specializing in weight management, you would think I would be a big fan of New Year's resolutions to lose weight. I'm not. Call me cynical, but I find New Year's resolutions to be well-intentioned, but short lived, attempts to change ourselves dramatically for the better. With new energy January 1, ...

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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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Three Letters From Sarajevo
written by Nadia Hashimi, M.D.
on Saturday, 3rd November, 2018

On Sunday evening, my husband and I attended a music event at Strathmore, a concert meant to broaden our horizons. [LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fJP1seQFtY] Three Letters from Sarajevo, by [LINK: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goran_Bregovi%C4%87] Goran Bregović, a diversely talented Serbian-Croatian musician. For much of the evening, I found my thoughts drifting ...

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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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On Valor and Vitality - Lessons from Senator McCain's 'Battle' Against Cancer
written by Nadia Hashimi, M.D.
on Thursday, 30th August, 2018

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 ...

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