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Mindfulness in the time of Covid-19
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Sunday, 3rd May, 2020

Many of my friends do yoga or meditation, but I have not managed to do either of those. I have read some books about mindfulness and have tried to incorporate some of those practices with varying levels of success.  I wish to improve because mindfulness has been shown to be helpful to manage anxiety and depression. Trying to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic has forced ...

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In the Time of Coronavirus: Why Eliminate Unnecessary Trip?
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Thursday, 9th April, 2020

  My husband and  I took a walk around a lake last weekend. The paths were wide. The people were respectful of the 6 foot distancing. However, as I was backing out of the busy parking lot, I was involved in a fender bender. No one was hurt, but I had to exchange information with the elderly gentleman who was involved. We  photographed the man’s ID, insurance info and ...

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In the Time of Coronavirus: Gastrointestinal Symptoms of COVID-19
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Thursday, 9th April, 2020

  While most of us know about fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath as symptoms of COVID-19, intestinal symptoms can be present in almost 30% of patients. These include anorexia (loss of appetite), nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Many of us get occasional diarrhea or an episode of vomiting and/or diarrhea that we attribute to something we ate, or food poisoning, ...

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A Book Review: Talking to Strangers, by Malcolm Gladwell
written by Julia Korenman, M.D.
on Friday, 31st January, 2020

  Unless we live in a small town, we are unlikely to know everyone that we come in contact with.  We are often forced to make decisions on how to interact with a stranger without knowing anything about them, and the consequences can be devastating. Malcolm Gladwell struggles to understand the recent police shootings of African Americans, specifically why the encounter ...

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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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