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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Join us for real conversations with physician experts from around the largest healthcare system in the Maryland-DC region.
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine from the largest healthcare system in the Maryland D.C. region: this is MedStar Health DocTalk. In our latest podcast episode, host Debra Schindler talks with thoracic surgeon Dr. Duane Monteith and gastroenterologist Dr. Dana Sloan for a comprehensive look into esophage…
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Did you know that Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States in men and women combined? March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. On this episode of our DocTalk podcast, we’re discussing colon cancer. Dr. Priyanka Kanth, the Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program at MedStar Georgetown U…
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In this heart-stirring episode of MedStar Health DocTalk, we delve into the alarming trend of heart attack fatalities among the young. With heart disease steadfastly holding its ground as the leading cause of death in the U.S., our host Debra Schindler sits down with cardiologists Dr. Barbara Srichai and Dr. Estelle Jean from the MedStar Heart and …
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Electrophysiologist Dr. Richard Jones, of the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute, talks about symptoms and treatment for the full spectrum of the most common form of cardiac arrythmia: atrial fibrillation. Are you feeling a flutter in your chest, or maybe your smartwatch is signaling an irregular heartbeat? It's time to tune in to your heart's he…
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Hand surgeon, Dr. Avi Giladi and endocrinologist Dr. Malik Cheikh discuss why their specialties lend to a fracture prevention program; why bone fractures are risky, particularly for seniors, as well as treatment and prevention tips. For more episodes of MedStar Health DocTalk, go to medstarhealth.org/doctalk.…
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In our latest podcast episode, Debra sits down with Dr. Aubrey Grant, a sports and performance cardiologist at Medstar Health, who offers a deep dive into sports cardiology, the athlete's heart, and its capacity to remodel itself. Dr. Grant, a graduate of the only sports cardiology fellowship in the country, shares his unique insights into the phys…
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Board certified neurologist Dr. Tamar Harel discusses the complex autoimmune disorder, multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is triggered by the immune system attacking the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibers, known as myelin, as something foreign. Symptoms include fatigue, loss of coordination, pain, and memory and vision loss. For details…
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According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 66,000 new cases of uterine cancer are currently diagnosed each year. Unlike most cancers in the Unites States, endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer, has been increasing in both incidence and death rates and there is no way to effectively screen for it. That’s why it’s im…
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Medical oncologist Dr. Joshua Reuss, an expert in lung cancer, mesothelioma and thymoma, and pulmonologist Dr. Rebecca Krochmal, an expert in benign and malignant airway and pleural disease, both with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., address questions related to finding and treating lung cancer. To listen to and download …
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There’s a game changer in the treatment of uterine fibroids. Women whose lives are compromised by pain, long periods, severe bleeding, anemia and other symptoms of the muscular tumors, can opt for an embolization through the wrist. Known as transradial uterine fibroid embolization, or UFE, the doctor access the uterus though a single tiny opening i…
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Kienbock’s disease, a debilitating condition where a wrist bone collapses and dies, has no known cause. Typically affecting young men in their teens or twenties, untreated Kienbock’s disease can result in progressive arthritis in the wrist and loss of function. For no clear reason, the lunate, one of eight small bones in the wrist, loses blood supp…
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Liver masses or lesions are increasingly being identified incidentally during imaging tests and through bloodwork for unrelated conditions. While most are benign, many are complex making them difficult to accurately diagnose and treat. That’s why it’s important to see a specialist who can determine the specific type and nature of the lesion as the …
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Sports medicine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Hinton, and athletic trainer and DPT McKenzie Bane talk about the wrap-around care necessary for not only a successful return to play, but to return to performance. It's never soon enough for an athlete. Topics covered include commotio cordis, preparation for catastrophic events on the athletic field a…
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From a test that lasts an average of 40-minutes, patients with nerve injuries or neuro-muscular conditions can learn a lot about the health of the nerves signaling messages to muscles. The test is called an electromyography, or EMG. Neurologist Dr. Derrick Fox of MedStar Health explains why the test is useful, who should be tested, what information…
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Night sweats, hot flushes, female discomfort and dryness, anxiety, and weight gain are just a few symptoms of menopause. How does a woman get there? What are the facts and myths about this change that can make a woman feel less feminine and outdated? On MedStar Health’s podcast DocTalk, Christina Enzmann, MD, a gynecologist and menopause specialist…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. By the time we reach our 40’s, about 10-million Americans have some degree of plaque build-up in the arteries, called atherosclerosis. Deposits of that plaque in the arteries can impede or block the blood flow to the legs. It’s ca…
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The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped organ that secretes hormones that help regulate metabolism, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Though uncommon, when cancer grows in the thyroid, it's not often aggressive, and very treatable when found early. Dr. Vinay Gupta, a surgical oncologist at MedStar Health, talks with host Debra…
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Lung nodules are found in up to half of adults who get a chest x-ray or CT scan. Often called a spot on the lung or a shadow, they usually don’t cause any noticeable problems. However, in some cases, they can be an early sign of cancer. That’s why it’s important to seek follow-up care to accurately diagnose and monitor lung nodules. During this pod…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. CyberKnife®, also known as stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), is non-surgical, highly precise, targeted radiation, with minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Unlike conventional prostate radiation therapy that can…
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The color of your skin, the community you belong to, and the place you call home are the largest predictors of health and longevity, according to a recent research article. These, and other non-medical factors are called social determinants of health. Learn more from Drs. Luke Carlson and Andrea Gaspar from Care Transformation about how MedStar Hea…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Veterans across the country who are in need of a life-saving liver or kidney transplant now can receive these procedures at one of the top transplant centers in the nation, MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, thanks to the re…
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Though rare, there are more than 100 different types of brain and spine tumors, making them complex to diagnose and treat. Because of this, a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment that brings together specialists that include neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuro-oncologists, and other experts is essential for the best…
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Over 6 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Simply put, heart failure means that the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should be. While this is a serious condition, many people with heart failure can lead a full life when it is managed properly. It’s important to recognize the symptoms and understand the various treatm…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. What are some of the most recent advancements in targeted treatments for patients with GI cancers? Have there been any recent advancements in how we use immunotherapy to treat GI cancers? And how do patients with localized GI canc…
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Approximately one million pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators, and resynchronization devices are implanted worldwide each year, including more than 300,000 in the United States alone. Today’s cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) are reliable and effective. However, what happens when a pacemaker or a cardiac defibrillator needs to be remove…
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Due, in large part, to advances in treatment, more men are surviving prostate cancer than ever before. Through the use of state-of-the-art technologies, such as CyberKnife, which makes it possible to deliver targeted radiation directly to the tumor—painlessly and without an incision—many patients are experiencing better outcomes with fewer side eff…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. What are some of the most exciting innovations in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer? What role do lung cancer screenings play in catching lung cancer at an earlier stage? And how does our multidisciplinary team determine…
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Though it’s a rare type of cancer, pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. That's because pancreatic cancer symptoms aren't obvious in early stages and there is no official screening for it yet. So, most people don't know they have it until it has advanced to a stage when it is challenging to treat. Durin…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. While some post-surgical patients like to be cared for in the hospital, other patients want to return home as soon as possible. Now for joint replacement, outpatient surgery is becoming the norm. But how does the hospital safely t…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. One of the medical legacies of World War II is combining the expertise of orthopedic, neurology and plastic surgery into one medical specialty: Hand Surgery. It was in 1947 when Dr. Ray Curtis was discharged from the Army and brou…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Who is eligible to be a living donor? What are kidney swaps and exchanges? And can someone be a living donor even if they don't have a specific recipient in mind? Dr. Jennifer Verbesey specializes in kidney/pancreas transplantatio…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat some chronic, non-healing wounds. Initially utilized to treat decompression sickness in divers, HBOT is now used for a number of medical problems, both chronic and acute. It is a s…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. What are the most common types of breast cancer? How do doctors decide how we treat each type? Have there been advances that allow one to be more individualized in the treatment of women with early stage breast cancer? Dr. Claudin…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Meet Dr. George Hennawi, physician executive director of Geriatrics and Senior Services for MedStar Health. Caring for an elderly adult can be rewarding but can come with many challenges. Caregiver burnout is common. So, who is ta…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Lung cancer has historically been the nation’s deadliest cancer, claiming the lives of more than 135,000 annually. But with advances in screening for lung cancer in recent years, along with new screening guidelines, the U.S. Preve…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Who needs Breast Surgery? What types of surgery do patients often get for breast cancer? And what are some of the new, exciting surgical innovations in the field of breast surgery? Dr. Lucy Maria De La Cruz is Chief, Breast Surger…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. What are the most common causes of shoulder pain? And how is a reverse shoulder replacement different from a regular shoulder replacement? Dr. Brent Wiesel is an Orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery. L…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women…a fact attributed in part, to advances in screenings. When found early, it is easier to treat successfully. That’s why mammograms, along with clinical breast exams and g…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. The pituitary gland is the size of a pea, yet it releases many of the hormones that allow us to live our lives. From its location at the base of the skull, it controls temperature sensations, stress levels, menstrual cycles, and m…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. When shoulder pain becomes so bad that you can’t sleep, put on a shirt, or work – is shoulder replacement surgery inevitable? MedStar Health shoulder and elbow surgeon Dr. Melissa Wright explains the symptoms to look for, the non-…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia. In the US, it affects between 2.7 million to 6.1 million Americans, and that number is projected to rise to 12.1 million in 2030. Dr. Sunjeet Sidhu, cardiac electro…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. From self-driving cars to automatic vacuums, the field of robotics is exploding. this technology is also applied to healthcare, and specifically to knee and hip replacement. But how does that work? And is the robot or the surgeon …
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. By the time we reach our 50’s it seems most of us know someone who has been treated for breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will get a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime- Nearly 275,0…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. …real conversations with physician experts from around the largest healthcare system in the Maryland-DC region. Most adults have suffered from back pain at some point in their lives. If you have dealt with an injury, nagging aches…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. …real conversations with physician experts from around the largest healthcare system in the Maryland-DC region. When shoulder pain becomes so bad that you can’t sleep, put on a shirt, or work – is shoulder replacement surgery inev…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. …real conversations with physician experts from around the largest healthcare system in the Maryland-DC region. Caring for aging seniors can be challenging for patients, their caregivers, as well as medical providers. These senior…
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Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer that starts in the deep layers of the skin in the cells that produce pigment. It is aggressive and potentially life-threatening. So, it’s important that it be identified early when it is most treatable. In this podcast, Dr. Edward McCarron, a surgical oncologist and specialist in the treatment of the…
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Comprehensive, relevant and insightful conversations about health and medicine happen here… on MedStar Health Doc Talk. …real conversations with physician experts from around the largest healthcare system in the Maryland-DC region. Dr. Ryan Katz of the Curtis National Hand Center talks about one of the most commonly treated hand conditions: arthrit…
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