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How much caffeine is safe for you and your child?

By Allen J. Taylor, MD

By Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chief of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center   We are a nation obsessed with caffeine: Cans of caffeinated energy drinks with flashy names line beverage shelves. New coffee shops seem to open every day. Caffeine is added to gum, jelly beans, oatmeal and the Read More »

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When stroke strikes, clinical trial decisions need to be made quickly

By Amie W. Hsia, MD

(In the photo: Stroke team evaluates a patient. (L to R) Adey Haile-Mariam, RN, nurse responder team, Carlos Portillo, MRI technologist and Dr. Amie Hsia) By Amie W. Hsia, MD, medical director, Comprehensive Stroke Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center What comes to mind when you think of clinical trials? If you’re like most people, you Read More »

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6 lesser-known and better-known causes of hearing loss

By Selena E. Heman-Ackah Briggs, MD

By Selena E. Heman-Ackah Briggs, MD, PhD, MBA, Otolaryngology and Neurotology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center   About 48 million Americans, or approximately 20 percent of the population, have some degree of hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hearing loss is now the third-most common chronic health condition in the United Read More »

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Are nasal steroids safe?

By Norman Alan Lester, MD

By Norman Alan Lester, MD, ear, nose and throat specialist, MedStar Washington Hospital Center   “Steroids.” For many people, even the word is enough to make them recoil. They’ve heard stories from friends and family members about the side effects and want to avoid them if possible. This is something I hear every day from Read More »

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Stroke: A young person’s disease?

By Richard T. Benson, MD, PhD

By Richard T. Benson, MD, PhD, associate medical director, Comprehensive Stroke Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center If you think you’re too young to have a stroke, think again. A study published in April 2017 showed that the rate of stroke among young people has risen dramatically in the past 15 years. The data didn’t surprise me Read More »

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Zika virus

Are D.C. residents at risk for Zika virus?

By Glenn Wortmann, MD

By Glenn Wortmann, MD, director, Infectious Diseases, MedStar Washington Hospital Center An April 2017 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 1 in 10 pregnant women in the U.S. who contracted Zika virus in 2016 had a fetus or baby with Zika-related birth defects. News about this primarily mosquito-borne infection Read More »

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heart disease

How to manage the rising epidemic of heart disease

By MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute Team

Click to listen to Dr. Samer Najjar’s podcast on heart failure. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. While heart attacks and strokes get much of the attention when it comes to heart-related conditions, there is another common killer: congestive heart failure. In fact, recent Read More »

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3 precautions to take if you choose to travel for weight loss surgery

By Ivanesa Pardo Lameda, MD

By Ivanesa L. Pardo, MD, bariatric surgeon, MedStar Washington Hospital Center   It’s difficult to pin down the exact number of people who travel abroad to access medical services, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that thousands of U.S. residents do so each year. And Patients Beyond Borders, a consumer source Read More »

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Am I too young for knee or hip replacement?

By Savyasachi C. Thakkar, MD

By Savyasachi C. Thakkar, MD, hip and knee reconstruction surgeon, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center   A 30-year-old man came to our emergency room with excruciating pain in both hips. He had been experiencing pain for several years, but it had become so bad he hadn’t been able to walk for a Read More »

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Listen up: Get your hearing tested!

By Selena Heman-Ackah Briggs, MD

By Selena Heman-Ackah Briggs, MD, PhD, MBA, Otolaryngology and Neurotology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center According to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 25 percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have a hearing problem. And for people 75 and older, that number rises to nearly 50 percent. Read More »

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