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MedStar Washington Hospital Center Receives Pathway to Excellence® Designation

First Acute Care Facility in the District to Achieve DesignationWashington, D.C., October 19, 2017 – MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the first acute care hospital in the nation’s capital to achieve the prestigious Pathway to Excellence® designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. The designation identifies the Hospital Center as one of the best places for nurses to work. The Pathway to Excellence designation is granted only to hospitals that have created a work environment where nurses’ contributions are valued, professional development is supported, and nurses are integral to decision-making. “We are extremely proud…

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Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer? What Women Need to Know

Can Talcum Powder Cause Ovarian Cancer? What Women Need to KnowWashington, D.C., September 27, 2017 - A handful of multi-million dollar jury awards to women who used baby powder with talcum, and later were diagnosed with ovarian cancer, has highlighted a decades-old question: Does talcum powder really cause ovarian cancer?   Louis Dainty, MD, regional director of gynecologic oncology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, says even though the scientific data is very weak, women should not take the risk, however slight. Because there is the potential for a very small increased risk of ovarian cancer with the use of talcum powder,…

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How Doctors are Screening Smarter for Prostate Cancer

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017 - The prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test is one of the best screening tools for prostate cancer. While there’s no doubt this simple blood test has saved lives over the years, it’s not perfect. There’s been a lot of debate over who should be screened and when—and whether men should be screened at all. Since the PSA test became widely available in the late 1980s, deaths related to prostate cancer began to decrease. In fact, mortality rates fell nearly 40 percent between the early 1990s and 2008. However, there also have been some negatives associated with…

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Dr. Seth Worley Joins MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Program

Washington, D.C., August 17, 2017 – MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is pleased to announce that Seth Worley, MD, has joined the Section of Cardiac Electrophysiology as a senior consultant. An internationally recognized expert in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT), Dr. Worley brings with him extensive expertise in device and lead implantation for those patients who present with challenging vascular anatomy. He has personally developed unique tools and techniques to facilitate and optimize the success of transvenous left ventricular (LV) lead implantation. The approach he pioneered is referred to as ‘Interventional CRT” and patients from centers around the country who have…

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