Healthy Living

How bystanders can stop severe bleeding after traumatic injury

by Jack Sava, MD, Chief of Trauma
January 09, 2018

Imagine you’re walking to the bus or train when you spot a person lying on the ground, blood pooling under…

Thyroid cancer screening guidelines raise questions

by Kenneth D. Burman, MD, Director, Endocrinology
January 08, 2018

In May 2017, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that doctors not screen routinely for thyroid cancer in…

Pay attention to potential frostbite – early treatment can save fingers and toes

by Jeffrey Shupp, MD, Director, Burn Center
January 05, 2018

With expected low temperatures in the single digits for the D.C. area this weekend, pay attention to the early stages…

Under (eye) pressure: Can exercise lower glaucoma risk?

by Mark L. Gonzalez, MD, Clinical Director, MedStar Eye Institute
December 29, 2017

As the Glaucoma Research Foundation notes, about three million Americans have glaucoma, but only about half of them know it….

How we evaluate young adults considering bariatric surgery

by Timothy R. Shope, MD, Chief, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery
December 22, 2017

Nearly 200,000 people get bariatric surgery each year in the United States, and about 1,000 of them are teenagers. The…

Bariatric surgery at 18: Jewel’s story

by Jewel Francis-Aburime, 18-year-old bariatric surgery patient
December 18, 2017

In July 2016, I attended a bariatric surgery information session with my mom. I went to support her, but I…