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2 reasons we’re seeing more high-risk pregnancies in D.C.

By Tamika Auguste, MD

By Tamika Auguste, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center   We care for about 3,500 pregnant women every year. While that number has remained fairly steady over the past decade, the number of those women with high-risk pregnancies increases every year.   Because “high-risk pregnancy” is a catch-all term that includes factors such Read More »

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TAVR is used for high-risk aortic stenosis patients. Why not everyone?

By Lowell F. Satler, MD

By Lowell F. Satler, MD, medical director of the Cath Lab, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center   As recently as 15 years ago, if you had severe aortic stenosis but were considered too ill or weak to survive surgery, there was little else we could do for you. Since then, Read More »

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Putting Sleep Apnea to Bed

By Stanley H. Chia, MD

By Stanley H. Chia, MD, chair, Department of Otolaryngology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Tune in to the full podcast with Dr. Stanley Chia.   An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from serious chronic or intermittent sleep disorders that undermine the quality of their sleep and, more importantly, their health. Sleep apnea, the most Read More »

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Demystifying pap smear and pelvic exam guidelines

By Cheryl Iglesia, MD

By Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD, director, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, MedStar Washington Hospital Center   Gynecological exams used to be simple: Get an annual Pap smear and pelvic exam. Current guidelines recommend Pap smears every three or five years depending on a woman’s age, as well as an HPV test after a certain Read More »

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Why burn scars itch and how to find relief

By Jeffrey Wilson Shupp, MD

By Jeffrey Wilson Shupp, MD, director, Burn Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and director, Burn Research, MedStar Health Research Institute  As many as 90 percent of burn patients report itching after their injuries, according to data cited by the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Itching usually subsides over time, but more than 40 percent of Read More »

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New Device Reduces Stroke Risk for Certain A-Fib Patients

By Manish Shah, MD

By Manish Shah, MD, director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center   Tune in to the full podcast about the WATCHMAN device with Dr. Manish Shah. Atrial Fibrillation Facts Atrial fibrillation (A-fib) is the most common arrhythmia—or abnormal heart rhythm—in the United States today, affecting Read More »

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colon cancer prevention

Walk away from colorectal cancer: Exercise can lower risk

By James Frances FitzGerald, MD

By James Francis FitzGerald, MD, colon and rectal surgeon at MedStar Washington Hospital Center  In January 2017, researchers reported that exercise is associated with a lower risk of death from metastatic colorectal cancer. Metastatic colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum that has spread to other areas of the body. This study found people Read More »

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How do colorectal cancer screenings measure up?

By James Frances FitzGerald, MD

Many people avoid colonoscopies because of the time and preparation involved. Dr. James Fitzgerald discusses other screenings and how they measure up.

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The ‘other’ drug problem: Poor medication adherence

By Allen J. Taylor, MD

Did you take your medication today? 5 tips to help you stick to your medication regimen.

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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: Know Your Options

Women’s health care has changed dramatically over the last few years, particularly when it comes to surgery for chronic pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and other gynecologic disorders.

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