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Pancreatic Cancer

Lynt Johnson, MD, discusses the prevalence of pancreatic cancer in Western nations as opposed to Eastern countries, specifically the 30,000 diagnoses that arise each year in the United States. While no known risk factor has been identified, unsubstantiated reports suggest an association to poor dietary choices. Dr. Johnson also reviews early- and late-stage symptoms (unexpected weight loss, poor appetite, jaundice, changes in urine and stool coloring, and pain, respectively), survival...


The Use of New Technologies to Increase Kidney Transplantation in Minority Patients

Keith Melancon, MD, discusses new technologies designed to address the problematic limited pool of kidney donors in African American and Hispanic populations. Dr. Melancon explains the reasons behind donor/recipient obstacles, the importance of increasing options for minority recipients, the protocols used to reduce transplant rejection (plasma exchange, specific medications), and the success The George Washington University Hospital has seen in utilizing these technologies.


HPV Related Oropharyngeal Cancer

Punam Thakkar, MD, discusses the rising prevalence of oropharyngeal cancer related to HPV (human papillomavirus), including the growing incidence in younger, healthier populations. Dr. Thakkar also explains the warning signs and symptoms of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, testing and diagnosis processes, treatment options which now feature the benefit of proven, robotic surgical procedures, and finally the prognosis of HPV-related cancer patients.


Stroke: F.A.S.T Action Could Save a Life

Kathleen Burger, DO, discusses risk factors for the two major types of stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic), including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking. Dr. Burger explains these risk factors can be reduced by lifestyle changes and medication if necessary. Dr. Burger also describes the internal differences between the two strokes, despite the external symptoms appearing similar. You will also learn the symptoms to be aware of through...


Understanding Weight-Loss Surgery

Khashayar Vaziri, MD, discusses the two types of weight loss surgery offered by GW Hospital (laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy). Both procedures are minimally invasive and allow patients a quick and less painful recovery than past surgical techniques. Dr. Vaziri also explains the pre- and post-operative protocols, chronic health conditions that can be alleviated by undergoing the procedure (diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, reflux, arthritis), and...


Advancements of Cochlear Implants for the Hearing Impaired

Ashkan Monfared, MD, discusses the advancements of cochlear implants for restoring hearing in patients who have lost the ability to hear naturally. Dr. Monfared explains which individuals are candidates for this surgery, the pre- and post-operative measures taken, and recovery considerations based on the wide spectrum of patients who are eligible for this treatment. He also shares information on the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants.


The Inside Story on Outpatient Rehab

Daniel Finn, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, discusses the outpatient rehabilitation services offered by The George Washington University Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. Finn shares details about the specialized branches that fall under the outpatient umbrella, such as aquatics, dance rehab, hip preservation, lymphedema, oncology, pelvic health, sports medicine, and concussion programs, as well as GW's expertise in conditional concerns for...


What You Need to Know About Breast Health

Rachel F. Brem, MD, FACR, FSBI, discusses the various breast cancer screening options (mammography, ultrasound, MR, molecular breast imaging) and clears up some of the confusion surrounding the current mammography recommendations. Dr. Brem also explains the advances in biopsy procedures, as well as why early detection is crucial in preserving women's lives.


How to Choose the Best Birth Plan for You and Your Family

Nancy D. Gaba, MD, FACOG, and Whitney Pinger, CNM, FACNM, discuss the importance of preparing for childbirth with a solid birth plan in place. Dr. Gaba and Whitney advise expectant mothers to seek information and guidance from friends and medical professionals to tailor a plan that best fits their desires and family preferences. They also explain the differences between medicated vs. non-medicated birth, and normal vaginal birth vs. operative birth (whether vaginal or abdominal).


What the New Prostate Screening Guidelines Mean for Men’s Health

Michael J. Whalen, MD, discusses the newly updated prostate screening guidelines set forth by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force. The new recommendations advise a shared decision making process between patients and their providers, based on developments in screening and improved knowledge of the slow-growing nature of prostate cancer. Dr. Whalen also explains why the traditional methods of screening, diagnosing and treating prostate cancer were reevaluated, particularly in terms of...