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February 14, 2011 - 7:00pm

Rahul Vanjani claims he has a hard time acting normal. In fact, it’s a leading reason the third-year medical student is attracted to a career in pediatrics. Around kids, he explains, “you can be goofy.”

February 6, 2011 - 7:00pm

The vital signs — pulse, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate, and sometimes pain — are the ABCs of the health care professions; the building blocks upon which future decisions and communications are based. They are so important that...

January 19, 2011 - 7:00pm

The world according to Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., is a place where rules are made to be broken. Research, he reminds us, is a creative process; and belief in your own heretical observations, he proves, is more fruitful than subscription to...

January 9, 2011 - 7:00pm

The concept once seemed futuristic: medical decision-making hinged on an individual’s genetic makeup rather than population statistics. But today, the hope of personalized medicine is being pursued at labs around the world, most drastically...

December 19, 2010 - 7:00pm

For thousands of years, philosophers have gappled with the ideas of determinism and free will. Does human nature abide by the laws of physics — that actions are no more than reactions? Are our actions predetermined results of otherworldly forces...

October 25, 2010 - 8:00pm

There is one thing in which each of us is an expert: ourselves. But when it comes to perception of HIV risk, we only think we know ourselves, said Jeremy Brown, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington...

October 18, 2010 - 8:00pm

With programs and projects spanning the world, The George Washington University Medical Center’s influence is increasingly global. But at the eighth annual Foggy Bottom/West End Block Party, October 17, its mission stayed close to home. In...

October 3, 2010 - 8:00pm

Playing the role of a 46-year-old African American woman with a lump in her breast was a trying experience for Ireal Johnson, a first-year medical student at the GW Medical Center, who found herself shuffled between examination rooms and...

May 1, 2010 - 12:00am

It’s a problem of colossal proportions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. The number of Americans at risk for chronic disease is not only a public...

May 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Video games, with their hypnotic flashes of color and light; their promise of hours of distraction; their offer of competition without need for coordination, strength, or stamina, might seem to be the furthest thing from a pathway to peak fitness...