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D.C. Cancer Consortium Launches "D.C. Cancer Answers" Help Line

This story comes to us from Lisa Bass:

Washington, DC – Newly diagnosed cancer patients, those living with the disease and their caregivers will have a live and reassuring voice to answer many of their questions and provide support, beginning April 4.  DC Cancer AnswersSM 202-585-3210 is a new cancer resources phone line, created by DC Cancer Consortium (DCCC), expressly for residents of the District of Columbia.


Osteoarthritis: What You Know Could Save Your Joints!

Osteoarthritis: What You Know Could Save Your Joints!

According to the Arthritis Foundation, 27 million Americans live with osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis which involves a mechanical “wear and tear” of the cartilage that lines the inside of our joints and which, over time, can result in damage to the connective tissue and bone around the joint. The more you know about the condition, the greater your chance for success in finding the help that you need.

“The pain of arthritis is usually described as a deep ache or throbbing joint pain that is often worse upon getting up in the morning. In addition, sufferers may also experience muscle weakness around the arthritic joint and functional limitations, such as difficulty getting up and walking,” says Dr. David Wang, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia (www.kaplanclinic.com).

Tips for Going Gluten Free

Many products on the store shelves today carry the words “gluten free” on them. But just what does that mean, and why is it there? The label means plenty!  But in a nutshell, it means avoiding wheat, spelt, barley and rye, and a variety of other grain-based ingredients. Gluten-free foods are being sought out by many people, including the over 3 million people who have celiac disease, as well as millions more who have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. The good news it that while it may seem like going gluten free is a daunting task, it is actually isn’t all that difficult!

5 Things You May Not Know About Acupuncture

Each year, millions of people in America use acupuncture, a traditional Chinese approach to improving health. While acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,000 years, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it has become increasingly popular in America over the past few decades. Still, many people are not familiar with what it is and what it can be used for.

“Acupuncture is an effective way to treat many different ailments that people experience,” explains Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (www.kaplanclinic.com), located in McLean, VA.  “While some people may be skeptical at first, they end up as fans, after they try acupuncture and see how it helps improve their health and well being.”

Emergency Room vs. Immediate & Primary Care

Emergency Room vs. Immediate & Primary Care

Last month I had a terrible kitchen accident when my index finger collided with my commercial immersion blender. 

Needless to say, I needed immediate attention.  Feeling faint and afraid to drive myself to the hospital, I walked to the Immediate and Primary Care facility located at 2902 Porter Street, NW (at the corner on Connecticut Ave., NW).   I had heard very good things about this facility since it opened.

It was early in the morning, so there wasn’t a crowd.  The receptionist was incredibly helpful and got me right back to see the doctor.  The doctor began cleaning around my deep cut with alcohol which then dripped into the wound.  Ouch! I also noticed, as the ‘older’ doctor worked, his hands were shaking!  This made me nervous.  Was I going to allow him to stitch me up? Had I made the right decision coming here? 

Spring Cleaning for Water Distribution Pipes to Start March 21

Spring Cleaning for Water Distribution Pipes to Start March 21

From DC Water:

From March 21 through May 2, 2011, the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine.

This annual change is part of a routine maintenance program to keep the water distribution system in the District of Columbia, Arlington County and Falls Church clean and free of potentially harmful bacteria. A temporary switch to chlorine with system-wide flushing is done to maintain water quality throughout the year. This is standard practice for many water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year.  

The Washington Aqueduct is the organization responsible for treating drinking water for the District of Columbia, Arlington County, and Falls Church, Virginia.

DC Fitness Challenge Tackles City's Obesity Epidemic

DC Fitness Challenge Tackles City's Obesity Epidemic

This story comes to us from Chickaro Martin:

Aimed at battling DC’s alarming obesity rate, one of the highest in the country, on Saturday May 14, 2011 Project Fitness Community and WIAS (Wellness In American Schools) will host the second annual DC Fitness Challenge. The event will take place at McKinley Technology High School, located at 151 T Street, Northeast, D.C., from 10 a.m.—2 p.m.