Healthy Living

How the flu can increase heart attack risk

by Allen J. Taylor, MD, Chief of Cardiology, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
October 16, 2018

Each year, up to 20 percent of Americans get the flu, resulting in over 130,000 hospitalizations—in fact, about 200,000 in…

3 questions and answers for mammograms

by Ami A. Chitalia, MD, Hematologist and Medical Oncologist
October 02, 2018

A mammogram is an imaging test used to screen the breast tissue for breast cancer, which affects about one in…

Penicillin allergy testing: Why it’s important to know the facts

by Anjali Majumdar, MD, Infectious Diseases Specialist
September 28, 2018

Antibiotics are among the most effective treatments for bacterial infections, and our go-to option often is penicillin. But up to…

From surgery to radioactive iodine and beyond: Hope for patients with thyroid cancer

by Sarika N. Rao, DO, Oncologic Endocrinologist
September 18, 2018

Most patients respond well to standard therapies for thyroid cancer. The five-year survival rate is more than 98 percent, and…

Why I stand behind digital rectal exams for prostate cancer screening

by Ross Krasnow, MD, MPH, Urologic Oncologist
September 04, 2018

“You want to put your finger where? Why? Do you really need to do that?” I’ve heard many men say…

Outpatient hip or knee joint replacement: Healthier, faster and more effective

by The Joint Replacement Specialists, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center
August 28, 2018

Increasingly younger patients are seeking partial or total hip or knee joint replacement—people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who…