How to Protect Yourself Against the Flu This Year

The 2018-2019 flu season was the longest one in 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It lasted 21 weeks. Although the CDC reported that last year’s flu season wasn’t as severe as previous ones, the agency estimates that somewhere between 37.4 million and 42.9 million people contracted influenza last…

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Welcome Winter: 8 Ways For Older Adults to Stay Safe & Healthy This Season

Erica N. Campbell, MD is a board certified family physician with fellowship training in geriatric medicine. She sees patients at Inova Primary Care – Mark Center and Inova Primary Care – Old Town (both in Alexandria, VA). Dr. Campbell’s clinical interests include senior medicine, senior mental health disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and preventive disease care. The…

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Pneumococcal (Strep) Vaccine: Should I Get It?

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Dr. Kenneth Lin is a board certified internist at Inova General Internal Medicine Group – Ballston. He has 21 years of clinical experience and special interests in preventive medicine, nutrition, and dermatologic procedures. Streptococcus pneumoniae – commonly referred to as “strep” or “pneumococcus” – is a familiar type of bacteria associated with varying infections which…

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Inova Pairs Mental Health With Primary Care

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Breaking barriers in behavioral health With the mind-body connection well established, Inova Medical Group’s pairing of primary care and behavioral health providers in the same offices has reaped rave reviews. Since July 2017, most Inova primary care clinics have counselors and other mental health clinicians on staff, under the same roof, creating a seamless transition between…

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Care for Yourself to Care Well for Others: 8 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Erica N. Campbell, MD, is board certified in family medicine and has fellowship training in geriatric medicine. She is a member of Inova Medical Group’s Advanced Illness and Geriatrics section. She has a special interest in senior medicine, senior mental health disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and preventive disease care.   If you’re caring for an aging…

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Looking to Technology to Improve Access & Deliver Better Healthcare

Amit Rastogi, MD, is senior vice president for strategy, growth and innovation at Inova. He serves as Inova’s principal medical innovation leader and oversees strategy development across the Inova system.   Imagine a man who is experiencing a headache. He attributes his headache to skipping his morning coffee. However, his health-tracking wearable device indicates his…

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Integrative Medicine: New Hope For Chronic Headache Sufferers

Dorothy E. Polahar, DO, DABFM, is board certified in family medicine. She has training in integrative medicine, functional medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and a Master’s in athletic training and sports medicine. She practices at the Inova Integrative and Functional Medicine. Read Dr. Polahar’s profile.   Chronic headaches are unfortunately quite common – and…

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Integrated Medicine for Kids: Treating the Whole Patient

Dorothy E. Polahar, DO, DABFM, is board certified in family medicine. She also has training in integrative medicine, functional medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine and a Master’s in athletic training and sports medicine. She practices at the Inova Integrative and Functional Medicine. Read Dr. Polahar’s profile. Upset tummies. Sore throats. Skinned knees. Kids can…

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A Dose of Prevention: Vaccination Fast Facts

Erin Rovelli, RN, is a nurse in the Children’s Emergency Room at Inova Loudoun Hospital. As a parent, you’ve probably heard conflicting and confusing things about vaccines. You might have questions about how vaccines work, what ingredients they contain and whether they’re safe. We all want what’s best for our kids, and learning the facts…

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