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Lucky Me!

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.


Look at some of the lovely gifts my wonderful patients have brought and made for me over the years! When I am having a particularly bad day, I just take one look at the snow globe collection one patient has brought me as she crisscrosses the country, long haul driving, and a smile comes across my face. Temporarily, my troubles vanish. Read more…

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Tanning Booths – A Public Health Threat

Post by Dr. Yale Podnos, a Surgical Oncologist at Rex Surgical Specialists. Dr. Podnos specializes in surgical oncology focused on liver, colon and solid organ tumors. He is also the director of Surgical Oncology at Rex Cancer Center.

Our society has an inconsistent history of establishing priorities that protect us. We outlaw dangerous drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, but only limit other dangerous substances such as alcohol and cigarettes. Our health system, working hard to treat things we can’t help, is straining under the weight of things we can; diabetes, obesity, sedentary lifestyles, and tanning booths. Read more…

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Grabbing the Qi

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Acupuncture Wednesdays at work! One of my favorite days!

Betty (pictured here), my nurse, was having some knee pain. As you can see, she has realized that acupuncture is not really painful. In fact, she sat back and let the stressors of the day fall away…

To learn more about this ancient form of healing, check out this site from the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

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Visiting Surgeon in the Middle East: Part 1

Post by Dr. Yale Podnos, a Surgical Oncologist at Rex Surgical Specialists. Dr. Podnos specializes in surgical oncology focused on liver, colon and solid organ tumors. He is also the director of Surgical Oncology at Rex Cancer Center. Last year, Dr. Podnos visited the Middle East on a surgical teaching mission. Below is the first post of his journey…


It wasn’t until at about 39,000 feet over North Africa that the thought finally came to me. “What on earth am I doing going to Saudi Arabia?” I was invited to be a Visiting Professor in Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia followed by stops in Kuwait and Lebanon. My purpose was to teach surgeons there about advanced laparoscopic techniques for colorectal cases. As a surgeon and compulsive traveller, how could I refuse? Read more…

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How Do You Measure Success?

Post by Lindsey Sharp, M.D. of Rex Bariatric Specialists. Dr. Sharp was recently selected as the new Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery services at Rex Healthcare and he is excited to further expand the Excellence in Bariatric care at Rex Hospital.


Often times patients focus on their weight after bariatric surgery. How much weight have I lost this week, how much this month? But, weight is only one way to measure success.

In terms of health, risk of diabetes, HTN, cardiovascular disease is often linked to an individual’s percent body fat. The higher the percent body fat, the higher the risk. Body mass index (BMI) is a surrogate for body fat, as they often correlate. For example, a higher BMI often means a higher percent body fat. It is much easier to calculate your BMI is you have a standard weight scale, compared to needing a specialized scale to measure percent body fat. Read more…

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Meh…it’s just 100 calories

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

All 100 Calories

I get a lot of questions, especially this time of year, about my thoughts on certain “extreme diets”– high protein/ low carb, liquid diets, hormone injections, appetite suppressants, juicing, etc.

My answer is generally: “I’m sure you’ll lose a lot of weight quickly, but you’ll gain it all back when you get tired of it.” (And mark my words, you will get tired of it.) Read more…

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Balancing Act

Post by Alden M. Parsons, M.D. of Rex Thoracic Specialists.  Dr. Parsons is a published researcher and experienced surgeon. She is also a compassionate doctor who brings her expertise to patients at Rex Healthcare.


I understand now, having been in practice for a few years, that there’s a reason why there are only 200 female cardiothoracic surgeons in the United States. Balancing the demands and stress of a growing thoracic surgery practice with the needs and expectations as a mother, is not easy.

There is a reason that cardiothoracic surgery lags behind every other medical specialty in the percentage of women that have entered the field. The acuity of issues that need to be addressed on a daily basis can be quite stressful. On top of the juggling that’s required to manage a household with small children, it is clear why this is not a choice a lot of women make. Read more…

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Hooray, it’s Gym Day!

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Gym day today…determined to go after work today! At the end of the day my brain always says, “don’t you just want to go home and relax on the couch after your long hard day? You deserve it! ” Here are some tips I use to trick myself into going to the gym:

  • Dr. Tang - ready for the GymBring my gym clothes to work. I DO NOT go home- I know I will not leave.
  • Sometimes I’ll meet a friend there so I can’t bail.
  • Eat a small snack before my workout so I can’t say “I’m too hungry to go to the gym” (use whiney voice to get the full effect). A cheese stick and some carrots keep me satisfied.
  • I like to go to group classes and stand up front so I am shamed into staying the whole time. It’s also more fun and your competitive spirit comes out.
  • When all else fails, weigh myself. That will most certainly get me motivated!
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Keep Moving – You Were Born to Do It!

Dr. David TsaiPost by David Tsai, M.D. of Rex Primary Care of Holly Springs. Dr. Tsai is a physician with Rex Primary Care of Holly Springs with a focus on primary care and sports medicine.

If I told you I had a treatment that could not only extend your life, but it improves your relationships and sex-life and helps you remember where you left your keys – how interested would you be in taking it?

It also benefits children. The earlier it’s provided to children, the greater benefit to them later as an adult.

Newton’s Law of Inertia states – “A body at rest remains at rest and a body in motion remains in motion.” Read more…

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How I Start the Day… Everyday

Dr. Grace TangDr. Grace Tang is a physician with Rex Family Practice of Wakefield. Her “A day in my life” blog series brings you an inside look at the daily routine of a family physician, both inside and outside of the office.

Have you ever thought about how much of your life is ruled by your habits?

I woke up this morning, went downstairs, barely awake, and:

  • ground the coffee
  • started the coffee maker
  • poured my coffee
  • added sugar and cream
  • drank it

…without even thinking about it. Can’t remember anything about it. Don’t really even remember doing it.

What else do I do on autopilot? What else is just out of sheer habit?

Routine ChartThere’s a book out now called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

The book describes the formation of a habit: there’s a cue—a trigger for a particular behavior; a routine, which is the behavior itself; and a reward, which is how your brain decides whether to remember a habit for the future. Read more…

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