The Official Podcast of The George Washington University Hospital
COVID-19: What You Need To Know About The Coronavirus
Dr. Mortman discusses COVID-19.
Lynt Johnson, MD, discusses the prevalence of pancreatic cancer in Western nations as opposed to Eastern countries, specifically the 30,000 diagnoses that arise each year in the United States. While no known risk factor has been identified, unsubstantiated reports suggest an association to poor dietary choices. Dr. Johnson also reviews early- and late-stage symptoms (unexpected weight loss, poor appetite, jaundice, changes in urine and stool coloring, and pain, respectively), survival rates, traditional treatment options based on severity, and a new, innovative surgical procedure with which The George Washington University Hospital has seen success.
The Use of New Technologies to Increase Kidney Transplantation in Minority Patients
Keith Melancon, MD, discusses new technologies designed to address the problematic limited pool of kidney donors in African American and Hispanic populations. Dr. Melancon explains the reasons behind donor/recipient obstacles, the importance of increasing options for minority recipients, the protocols used to reduce transplant rejection (plasma exchange, specific medications), and the success The George Washington University Hospital has seen in utilizing these technologies.
HPV Related Oropharyngeal Cancer
Punam Thakkar, MD, discusses the rising prevalence of oropharyngeal cancer related to HPV (human papillomavirus), including the growing incidence in younger, healthier populations. Dr. Thakkar also explains the warning signs and symptoms of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, testing and diagnosis processes, treatment options which now feature the benefit of proven, robotic surgical procedures, and finally the prognosis of HPV-related cancer patients.
Stroke: F.A.S.T Action Could Save a Life
Kathleen Burger, DO, discusses risk factors for the two major types of stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic), including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking. Dr. Burger explains these risk factors can be reduced by lifestyle changes and medication if necessary. Dr. Burger also describes the internal differences between the two strokes, despite the external symptoms appearing similar. You will also learn the symptoms to be aware of through the acronym FAST (Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services).
Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rajeev Pandarinath, MD, discusses the two types of rotator cuff injuries: traumatic rotator cuff tear, where the muscles are torn at once (usually found in younger population) and degenerative rotator cuff tear, where muscles have undergone a gradual wearing away (typical in older individuals). Dr. Pandarinath also explains the symptoms that may indicate degenerative tears and the multitude of treatment options based on age, activity level and severity of degradation (strengthening exercises, physical therapy, surgery). For more information on steps patients can take on their own, visit the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' (AAOS) website, www.orthoinfo.org.