Taking Medication as Prescribed: Why It Matters

Emmanuel Kim, PharmD, is a clinical pharmacy specialist providing support for more than 40 Inova primary care clinics. He works alongside health care providers to help patients manage and optimize their prescription medications. Medication only works if you take it — and take it correctly. But about 50% of the time, prescription drugs aren’t effective…

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Is It Time for a Colonoscopy?

Luna Asrar, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Primary Care – Ashburn Filigree Court. She enjoys treating people of all ages, with a special interest in health promotion and disease prevention. Seeing the bigger picture is important — especially when it involves screening for colorectal cancer (also called colon…

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Do You Need Extra Vitamin D? 6 Facts to Consider

Meghan Veno, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Primary Care – Ballston. Dr. Veno believes in preventive care and a holistic approach to patient care. Her favorite aspects of patient care include adolescent medicine, sports medicine and comprehensive diabetes care. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient — it helps…

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Vaccines to Expect in an Annual Physical for Teens and Adults

Shreya Desai, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Primary Care – Sterling. She believes in patient-centered care and has a special interest in preventive care and women’s health. When it comes to your health, prevention is the best cure. And vaccinations offer an easy way to practice prevention. But…

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Need More Exercise? 7 Tips to Help You Get Moving

Andrew Lam, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Fairfax Family Practice . Dr. Lam is passionate about making medical concepts easy to understand so that people of all ages can take better care of their health. He guides patients to wellness both in his practice and through the “Well on…

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Inova Targeted COVID Vaccine Hesitancy with Personal Messages from Doctors

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In 2021, COVID-19 vaccines brought hope and the promise of a return to normal life for communities across our region, the nation and the world. Yet vaccine hesitancy functioned as a barrier that prevented some individuals from getting immunized. Lower levels of vaccination have corresponded to increased morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, exacerbating health disparities,…

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Smoking Cessation: 5 Tips to Help You Quit for Good

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Christian Machado, MD is a board-certified primary care physician practicing family medicine at Inova Medical Group – Annandale. He loves working with patients to understand what motivates them so he can help them work toward healthier lifestyle choices. Wanting to stop smoking is easy—approximately 68% of adult smokers say they want to quit. Around half of…

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