The Frederick News-Post published a story on March 24 about the additional risks of COVID-19 complications that could be faced by those with underlying health conditions including asthma. Having asthma does not make people more at risk of getting COVID-19, says Inova’s Amit (Bobby) K. Mahajan, MD, who also serves as a volunteer spokesman for…

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Understanding MS: A Primer for the Newly Diagnosed (Part 2) Rahul Davé, MD, PhD, is Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center in the Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute.   No two MS patients experience the same disease course. Depending on an individual’s course, however, MS symptoms can be quite manageable. As the Medical Director…

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Understanding MS: A Primer for the Newly Diagnosed (Part 1) Rahul Davé, MD, PhD, is Medical Director, Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Center in the  Inova Neuroscience and Spine Institute.   Unlike many diseases, such as heart attacks or strokes, a multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis is not always black and white. It is caused by your…

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Healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects  Stephanie J. Williams, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN with Inova Obstetrics and Gynecology in Shirlington. She delivers babies at Inova Alexandria Hospital. Today, March 3, marks World Birth Defects Day. If you plan to expand your family any time soon, now is the right…

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This piece was originally published June 9, 2016. Abbas Shobeiri, MD, is board certified in obstetrics & gynecology and female pelvic medicine & reconstructive surgery (urogynecology). He is vice-chair of gynecologic subspecialties at Virginia Commonwealth University Inova Fairfax Campus. He has a special interest in women’s pelvic floor disorders. Read Dr. Shobeiri’s profile. Transvaginal Mesh…

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Sheila Khianey, MD, is a cardiologist with the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute practicing at the Inova Cardiology offices in Ashburn and Fairfax. She is board-certified in cardiology and internal medicine. The human body is a remarkable thing, especially when it comes to pregnancy. And pregnancy brings major changes. An expectant mother’s heart has to…

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New recommendations discourage aspirin use as preventive heart measure for some, but patients should talk to their doctor before discontinuing daily aspirin use. Wayne Batchelor, MD, is Director of Interventional Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology Research at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute. His outpatient practice is based at the Inova Cardiology Fairfax office. He is…

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Amanda Schaffer, MS, RD is a Clinical Dietitian at Inova Loudoun Hospital with more than 15 years of experience. She works with patients and families to improve their nutritional status during illnesses. Amanda’s clinical interests range from neonatal, pediatric and maternal nutrition to medical and surgical adult patients. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Did you know that many…

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