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5 tips to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse

By Namratha Turlapati, MD

People in the United States will be treated to an awesome show in the sky Aug. 21, 2017: a solar eclipse.   A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, blocking the sun from view. The U.S. hasn’t seen a total solar eclipse since 1979, and it’s the first time Read More »

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Why does back pain persist after surgery?

By Oliver Tannous, MD

Living with severe back pain can be debilitating. If left untreated, the pain can make it difficult or impossible to perform everyday tasks. There are a number of treatments that can address the many causes of back pain, including surgery. While surgery can make a big difference with certain kinds of pain, people sometimes think Read More »

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Laugh through labor? Nitrous oxide makes comeback

By Loral Patchen, PhD, MSN, CNM

A “retro” form of pain control is making a comeback in the United States: nitrous oxide, often known as laughing gas. Nitrous oxide was used to ease the pain of labor since the early 1900s. It fell out of favor in the United States as alternative pain relief methods were developed and culture shifted to Read More »

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Summer: Taking a toll on your soles?

By Caitlin Zarick, DPM

It’s August—the height of summer—and many of us are taking advantage of the longer days to cram in more outdoor activities. For many, it just seems easier, and definitely more enjoyable, to go for an early morning run when it’s already light outside versus the dark days of winter. But that increased activity also increases Read More »

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How to reduce risk of kidney stones after bariatric surgery

By Daniel Marchalik, MD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 22.1 percent of adults in Washington, D.C., are obese. Though that’s lower than the national obesity rate of 36.5 percent, it still means more than one in five adults in our area has a serious weight problem.   Many people who can’t lose enough weight Read More »

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Celebrated Physician: Erin O’Neill, MD

By MedStar Washington Hospital Center Team

The title on Erin O’Neill, MD’s business card reads “Attending Radiologist.” But it could just as accurately say “Puzzle Solver.” That’s because Dr. O’Neill uses MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s array of state-of-the-art imaging technologies to help other physicians diagnose and treat a variety of illnesses, from the routine to more complex, medically challenging conditions. “We Read More »

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Unusual vascular condition almost costs a fitness trainer’s legs

By MedStar Washington Hospital Center Team

A Rare Condition Joel Patton was the quintessential picture of health, boasting a strong body and mind. An IT professional working on his PhD, the 35-year-old was a personal trainer during his off hours. In May 2016, his left foot began hurting, and he assumed it was an overworked muscle. When numbness and tingling followed, Read More »

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How we care for sexual assault survivors

By Lindsey White, MD

Sexual assault is a sensitive topic, no matter how we discuss it. But it’s an important topic to discuss honestly and openly. People who have been sexually assaulted need to know that they can get help and medical care in an understanding environment that’s specially designed for these sensitive cases.   In an ideal world, Read More »

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Shared decision-making: It’s no longer ‘doctor knows best’

By Allen J. Taylor, MD

Does this sound familiar? You go to the doctor. They diagnose you and tell you what the treatment will be. The end. This one-sided approach to decision-making involves the doctor dictating care without much, if any, input from the patient. But this is now beginning to change. We’re moving away from that sort of “doctor Read More »

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Why I disagree with 2017 knee arthroscopy recommendations

By David C. Johnson, MD

Some of my patients have come to me worried after seeing media coverage of a report about knee arthroscopy, a minimally invasive surgery used to diagnose and treat knee joint conditions. The report, which was published in May 2017 in the journal BMJ, compares the effectiveness of arthroscopic surgery for treating degenerative disease with conservative Read More »

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