Melissa Womble, PhD, is a fellowship-trained neuropsychologist specializing in sport concussion management. She is director of the Inova Sports Medicine Comprehensive Concussion Program. In the last several years, the science of concussions has come a long way. We’ve discovered a lot about how to recognize, diagnose and manage these serious injuries — but of course,…

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Corey Wallach, MD, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, board-certified in orthopaedic surgery. He serves as the medical director of the Inova Spine Program at Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Back pain is an interesting beast. It’s incredibly common: As many as 90% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes, and…

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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. Prostate cancer is an extremely common disease. More than 3 million…

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B. Jill McCabe, MD, Katie MacDonald, MSN, CPNP and Erin Rovelli, RN, BSN serve patients at the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital – Loudoun County’s only emergency facility solely dedicated to caring for children and adolescents. It is also the county’s first and only sensory-friendly ER. Katie is also a pediatric nurse practitioner for Inova Urgent Care. Specialized pediatric…

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suicide prevention

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Here are important tips for identifying behaviors and helping to stop suicide. By Tammala Watkins, LCSW, Director, Inova Behavioral Health Access Services, Inova Health System Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34. Suicide can be prevented when people are educated about some…

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When you hear the words “manual lymphatic drainage” do you think of massage? Probably not. But manual lymphatic drainage is actually a type of massage that offers many health benefits. The licensed massage therapists at Inova Medical Spa are specially trained to perform this technique for cancer patients and others. The lymphatic system helps eliminate…

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dried grasses against blue sky

Tips to ease your skin’s transition to cooler, drier weather The change of seasons brings changes to our skin. Fall’s cooler, drier weather can cause dehydration, irritation and sensitivity. Here are some simple tips to keep your skin looking great as temperatures drop: Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air. Keep it…

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