April 16, 2014

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Straight Talk

Straight Talk

Women spend thousands of dollars a year to achieve smooth, silky hair. But are the chemicals used in those treatments safe?

Cancer: The Survivors Club

Cancer: The Survivors Club

Meet five Bethesda-area people who’ve overcome the Big C—and inspired others because of it

Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms

Julie Bindeman and Joan Rabinor know what it’s like to try—and repeatedly fail—to carry or conceive a child. That’s why both women have dedicated themselves to helping others through the ordeal.

A Patient with Connections

A Patient with Connections

Michael O’Neil was in the hospital, battling cancer and feeling cut off from the world. That’s when the Bethesda resident had his ‘aha’ moment.

Twice Bitten

Twice Bitten

A Bethesda woman does her part in finding a cure for malaria

Depression: The Current Approach

Depression: The Current Approach

Transcranial magnetic stimulation was ‘a magical curiosity’ when it was first used to study the human motor system. Now, some scientists regard it as a promising new treatment for patients who don’t respond to antidepressants.

The Perfect Match

The Perfect Match

Joe Robinson wanted nothing to do with being a donor. He hated needles and was squeamish about blood. But when he agreed to donate his bone marrow to save someone’s life, he got something precious in return.

The Nurse Practitioner Is In

The Nurse Practitioner Is In

No, she’s not a doctor. She just does a lot of the same things doctors do.

A Better Pill to Swallow

A Better Pill to Swallow

A writer’s search for an alternative to antidepressants leads him to an unassuming office in Rockville and a potential miracle drug dubbed NSI-189

Trouble With The Curve

Trouble With The Curve

How a girl with an S-shaped spine finally straightened up

Going Viral

Going Viral

Hepatitis C is sweeping through the generation that came of age in the ’60s and ’70s. But many baby boomers don’t even know they have it.

Previvors

Previvors

Actress Angelina Jolie made headlines when she revealed that she’d had a double mastectomy after learning she carried a BRCA gene mutation. But well before she ‘came out,’ a number of local women were taking their own preemptive action.

Testing the Limits

Testing the Limits

True or false? Comprehensive screening can help you live longer (Hint: The answer may not be what you think.)

What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

Elizabeth Blalack and Jennie Cullen Meyer were two friends leading parallel lives. But when each discovered she had a child with cancer, the two women’s paths would converge into a single mission.

Getting in the Swim

Getting in the Swim

An expert tells how to rule at the pool

A Shot at Happiness

A Shot at Happiness

Everybody knows that Botox can make you look better. Now, doctors are learning that it can make you feel better, too.

Stay on Course

Stay on Course

A local golf pro’s secrets for playing the greatest game

Stress: It's Sickening. Really.

Stress: It's Sickening. Really.

In the high-pressure environs of Bethesda, the ‘plague’ of our generation is claiming plenty of victims

It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

The aging in place movement is gaining momentum as communities throughout Montgomery County band together to help elderly neighbors

Breath of Hope

Breath of Hope

What happens when a woman is diagnosed with a rare lung disease and given a short time to live? Sometimes, life happens

Winning Ways

Winning Ways

How a local sports psychologist keeps that competitive edge

iHeal

iHeal

For soldiers dealing with PTSD and other issues, the military has endorsed a novel treatment: a form of mindful meditation known as iRest

Cosmetic Changes

Cosmetic Changes

More and more people want younger, fresher looking skin. What they don’t want is to go under the knife.

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Where’s a superhero when you need him? Try the shop around the corner in Bethesda

There's a Doctor in the House

There's a Doctor in the House

It’s a new-old idea: Physicians who don’t make you come to them—they come to you

Dentist Profiles

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Your guide to leading dentists who talk about how and why they practice dentistry.

Physician Profiles

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Your guide to leading physicians who talk about how and why they got into medicine and their approach to patients.

Senior Services Profiles

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Your guide to senior services, from senior living communities to services that provide compassionate caregivers.

Beauty Expert Profiles

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Beauty experts answer questions about how you can look--and feel--your best

Medical Expert Profiles

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Leading medical professionals answer important healthcare questions