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2018 Midterms: The Year of the Female Physician

By NIRAN AL-AGBA MD  While women make up more than half of the U.S. population, an imbalance remains between who we are as a nation and who represents us in Congress. The gender disparity is no different for physicians: more than one third of doctors in the U.S. are women, yet 100 percent of physicians […]

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Last Month in Oncology with Dr. Bishal Gyawali

By BISHAL GYAWALI MD Me-too deja vu I read the report of a phase 3 RCT of a “new” breast cancer drug but I had the feeling that I had already read this before. Later I realized that this was indeed a new trial of a new drug, but that I had read a very similar report of a […]

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Medical Marijuana and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Despite federal law that continues to classify marijuana as illegal, many states have legalized marijuana for medical use and some states for recreational use.  The internet is full of impressive claims about the healing powers of marijuana and CBD oil and marijuana has become an enormous business that has moved from the street corner to […]

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Stem Cell Therapy—Avoid the Scam

It has been some time since I last wrote about avoiding Stem Cell Therapy.  Recently several of my patients have been suckered into this trap. Stem cells are bone marrow derived cells that have the potential to divide and become cells of any part of our body.  There is great promise in trying to understand […]

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Pulmonary Artery Denervation as a Treatment for PAH

Pulmonary arterial hypertension is caused by abnormal changes in the pulmonary arteries of patients. These changes include increased thickness of the muscle layer of the pulmonary arteries and increased stiffness of the pulmonary arteries.  Over the last 25 years, 14 medications have been approved to try and treat these changes. These medications have resulted in dramatic improvement […]

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