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Expert Commentary

Sprain or Strain: What’s the Difference?

Dennis J. Bernier, DO, MPH, FACEP is a board certified emergency medicine physician practicing at the Inova Emergency Room – Ashburn, Inova Loudoun Hospital Emergency Room, and Inova Emergency Room – Leesburg. He serves as Medical Director of the Inova Asburn ER, and Assistant Medical Director for the Inova Loudoun Hospital ER and Inova Leesburg…

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Listen to Your Parents: Parent Advisory Council Benefits Inova Children’s Hospital

Jamie Gentille is the director of Child Life Services at Inova Children’s Hospital. She leads a team of specialists who support children and families through surgery, outpatient procedures, or hospital stays, through activities including pre-surgical tours and preparation, medical and therapeutic play and support during medical procedures.   Inova Children’s Hospital is staffed with experts…

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Prenatal Planning: Do You Need Antenatal Testing?

Alfred N. Khoury, MD, is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Inova James G. Sites Antenatal Testing Center and Inova Loudoun Hospital Antenatal Testing Center. He is board-certified in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology. Pregnancy is an exciting and often nerve-wracking time. But if there are concerns or complications, the James G. Sites Antenatal…

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10 Things You Need to Know About Sunscreen

Patricia Lucey, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist at the Inova Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center. She has a special interest in using screenings and other tools to detect the disease at its earliest stages. Read Dr. Lucey’s profile. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. Melanoma makes up only a small fraction of skin cancer…

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StarKid 5K and Family Fun Run: Keep Kids’ Hearts Running Strong!

James A. Thompson, MD, is a board-certified pediatric cardiologist at the Inova Children’s Heart Program and the founder of the StarKid 5K and Family Fun Run, an annual event benefitting the program. Read Dr. Thompson’s profile.   Each year, my colleagues and I at the Inova Children’s Heart Program treat hundreds of children with heart problems. But for…

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Heart CT Scans Spot Signs of Coronary Heart Disease

Alireza Maghsoudi, MD, specializes in general, nuclear and preventive cardiology. He is board certified in cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology as well as adult comprehensive echocardiography and cardiovascular tomography. He is co-director of Cardiac CT Screening at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. Read Dr. Maghsoudi’s profile.   Recently, my colleagues and I treated a…

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New Genetic Testing Options Could Predict Your Response to Mental Health Medications

Allison Mitchell, MS, CGS, is a laboratory genetic counselor at the Inova Genomics Laboratory, part of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI).    We’re lucky to live in a time when there are many medications available for treating behavioral and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, people may respond differently to…

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Do You Know the Warning Signs of Bladder Cancer?

Jeanny B. Aragon-Ching, MD, is the clinical program director of genitourinary cancers at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. She is board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine and has a special interest in caring for patients with prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancers. Read Dr. Aragon-Ching’s profile.  Bladder cancer doesn’t get the attention that…

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