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What's New in the World of Colon Cancer Screening?
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Sunday, 7th April, 2019

March was colon cancer awareness month. I am a little late in my blog this year but want to give a shout out to getting screened – you can prevent or detect this cancer early with a colonoscopy. Colon cancer is the 2nd most common cause of cancer death in the US, with approximately 50,000 people expected to die from colon cancer this year. Colon cancer deaths have dropped ...

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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson - a Pulitzer Prize winner
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Sunday, 24th February, 2019

A couple of months ago I read a book review of Michelle Obama’s book, “Becoming” written by Isabel Wilkerson. Ms. Wilkerson’s review referenced the Great Migration of African Americans from the Southern US to the North, when talking about Obama’s family, who raised her in Chicago. Wilkerson’s writing was so interesting, that I bought HER book, “The Warmth of Other ...

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Educated by Tara Westover - Book Review and Musings
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Monday, 14th January, 2019

Educated is a memoir written by a young woman who was brought up in rural Idaho by fundamentalist/survivalist Mormons. She was the youngest of 7 children. Her family was theoretically home-schooling her, but the teaching was erratic and she mostly learned how to help her parents with their jobs - her father in the junkyard, her mother as an herbalist and midwife - and how to ...

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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Have You Had Your Screening?
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Thursday, 15th March, 2018

This year, as we are in the middle of colon cancer awareness month, I have been thinking about two people who would have benefited from screening. One is my 54 year old neighbor who recently died of metastatic colon cancer. I don’t know his medical details, but he did tell me that he didn’t go for screening at age 50 and he also didn’t seek medical care when he noticed ...

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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder - a book review and observations
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Thursday, 18th May, 2017

I read about this book in a review in the Washington Post and got it as soon as I could. In light of the recent election, I felt confused and helpless. I wanted to know how to understand everything that is happening and what can I do, as one individual to find out where the truth lies and to support values that are important to me. Regardless of political affiliation, or who ...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Saturday, 11th March, 2017

Colorectal cancer will strike one of 20 people in the US over their lifetime, including both men and women. Colon cancer is curable by surgery if it is diagnosed early. Therefore, screening is recommended at age 50 for most people, age 45 for African Americans, and earlier for some people at high risk such as those with a strong family history of colon cancer. There are several ...

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"Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Friday, 3rd March, 2017

“/Hillbilly Elegy/” has been on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks. The author is a 31 year old Yale law school graduate who grew up in “Rust Belt” Ohio, but whose roots are from Appalachian Kentucky. He explains the culture and circumstances of poor working class whites. As he puts it, “Americans call them hillbillies, rednecks, or white trash. I call them ...

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Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, published by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House, in 2015
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Tuesday, 30th August, 2016

  This book is written as a letter from the author, an African-American journalist to his teenaged son, in this era of frequent discussions about racial relations and the recent killings of black people,  by law enforcement officers.  The book is  a gift, a gift to his son, as the author explains his view of the world  which was molded by where and when he grew up and ...

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Confessions of a Non-Athlete
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Friday, 19th February, 2016

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 pondering why I like to exercise. One reason is simple. It improves my mood. Exercise has been shown ...

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CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? By Roz Chast - a book review
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Wednesday, 10th February, 2016

Are your parents aging? Are you trying to attend to their needs, perhaps to their medical crises, while working and raising children? Or, are you wondering what will happen when your parents can no longer take care of themselves? If so, you are not alone and Roz Chast‘s memoir “/Can’t we talk about something more PLEASANT?/” is a must-read. Ms. Chast is a cartoonist ...

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