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mammogram

This October, encourage a friend to join you in getting a mammogram It’s not the typical brunch or shopping date that you would normally take with a close girlfriend, but it is an activity that can be vital to your everyday life. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — a perfect time to get an…

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Year-Round Water Safety Tips

Swim Safety

Ensure your children are safe in the water with these nine expert-backed tips Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean water safety should leave with it. Whether you’re planning a warm weather family trip for the holidays or visiting an indoor pool, water safety should always be top of mind, especially…

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Fun and Fitness for the Whole Family

Strengthen bonds and improve your family’s fitness with these heart-pumping activities. Family activities focused on fitness don’t require rigorous planning, and there are often remarkably affordable (if not free!) and build lifelong memories. Here’s the icing on the cake. Family activities, says the American College of Pediatricians, improves everyone’s physical health and delivers mental and…

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Is Spine Surgery the Answer to your Back Pain?

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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New Cutting-Edge COPD Treatment Available at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus

The Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction Program helps patients with severe COPD through a minimally invasive procedure More than 11 million people in the U.S. live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Some patients can manage symptoms through physical therapy and oxygen therapy. But for patients with more severe COPD, the only treatment options were an…

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Stroke Patient’s Recovery Music to Everyone’s Ears

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital rehab team helps a stroke patient back to the dais and his congregation  Several members of the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (IMVH) Outpatient Bridge and Neuro Rehabilitation team listened as Reverend Angel M. Martínez delivered a sermon. Then, without missing a beat, Martínez reached for his guitar and accompanied his wife,…

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Is Your Teen Depressed?

Teen Depression

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of teen depression and be proactive with an intervention plan before it escalates. Statistics indicate that up to 20 percent of adolescents are diagnosed with depression by the time they reach adulthood. Unlike adults, adolescents may still respond positively to things…

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New Treatment Options Are Changing the Landscape for Prostate Cancer Patients

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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In Perfect Harmony

breast cancer survivor with pink ribbon

Oncoplastic breast surgery eloquently blends oncology and plastic surgery Surgical options after a breast cancer diagnosis have advanced significantly, with some of the newer solutions inspired by women themselves. One such procedure, oncoplastic surgery, is offered to Inova Mount Vernon Hospital (IMVH) breast cancer patients, although many women have never heard about the procedure. “Oncoplasty…

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Injured Your Back? Dos and Don’ts for a Quick Recovery

Angela Santini, MD is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in spinal surgery. She is a member of the Inova Spine Program with privileges at Inova Loudoun Hospital, which has earned the Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for spine surgery. Dr. Santini serves as Chief Medical Director of Virginia Spine…

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