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How to celebrate Halloween safely in 2021.

by Ruth Kanthula, MD
October 27, 2021

In 2020, families had to get creative while celebrating Halloween amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether your children participated in a…

Enhanced recovery protocols reduce pain, downtime after breast reconstruction surgery.

by Rajiv Parikh, MD
October 22, 2021

Choosing whether to have breast reconstruction surgery—and whether to get implants or autologous reconstruction—is one of many decisions patients with…

6 tips to prepare your body and mind for women’s cancer treatment.

by John McBroom, M.D.
October 20, 2021

Any cancer diagnosis is jarring to the patient and family. With women’s cancers – such as ovarian, uterine, or cervical…

5 breakthrough breast cancer treatments.

by Christopher M. Gallagher, MD, Oncologist, Medical Director of Cancer Services, Washington Cancer Institute
October 15, 2021

From screening to treatment—and everything in between—breast cancer care is improving rapidly. And MedStar Health is at the forefront of…

Sleep routines: How to help kids get enough sleep for school.

by Dahlia Halim, MD, Pediatrician at MedStar Health
October 13, 2021

Sleep is essential for your child’s growth and development. When school-aged kids are rested, they are more likely to stay…

Contact sports, brain health, and concussions: Answers to parents’ top questions.

by Nicholas Streicher, MD, MPH
October 08, 2021

Policymakers, parents, and athletes are talking about the risks of concussions more than ever before—partly because of growing public awareness…

Time for a mammogram? How high-tech imaging protects women before and after breast cancer.

by Jennifer Son, MD
October 06, 2021

Starting at age 40—or sooner, based on your personal and family health history—mammography should become a central tool in your…

Custom-made complex aortic devices give high-risk patients repair opportunity, better quality of life.

by Javairiah Fatima, MD
October 01, 2021

When it comes to the aorta—the main artery that takes blood away from the heart to the rest of the…

Life with AFib can improve: New treatments are personalized to specific symptoms.

by Christian Shults, MD, Glenn Meininger, MD, Zayd Eldadah, MD
September 29, 2021

No matter how many greens you eat or hours of sleep and exercise you get, you can’t stop the aging…

Relieve psoriasis symptoms with safer, more effective treatment options.

by Monique Chheda, MD
September 24, 2021

A former patient of mine had psoriasis symptoms that were so severe they couldn’t work or drive due to thick,…

A human approach to robotic prostate surgery: Improving quality of life after cancer treatment.

by Jonathan Hwang, MD
September 17, 2021

For years, the main goal of prostate cancer surgery was to get rid of the cancer, potentially adding years of…

Unusual symptoms of ovarian cancer, and when to seek care.

by Ebony R. Hoskins, MD
September 10, 2021

Ovarian cancer rates have declined in recent decades, but in the United States this year over 21,000 women are expected…

6 options to treat venous insufficiency symptoms.

by Misaki Kiguchi, MD
September 08, 2021

Varicose veins are more than a cosmetic issue. They can signify a more serious problem such as chronic venous insufficiency…

How education, technology, and teamwork prevent sepsis deaths.

by Miriam Fischer, MD
September 03, 2021

September is Sepsis Awareness Month—an important time for patients and health care providers to learn more about this life-threatening condition….

Uterine fibroid embolization stops uncomfortable symptoms at the source.

by Nora Tabori, MD
August 27, 2021

Most women have uterine fibroids—non-cancerous, hormone-driven growths that form on the uterine walls. In fact, more than 70% of white…

How to protect kids from COVID-19 at school.

by Naheed Ahmed, PhD, Ruth Kanthula, MD, Shreejana Pokharel, MPH, Dr. Tia Medley, MD, Pediatrician and Facility Medical Director, MedStar Pediatrics in Perry Hall
August 25, 2021

Thanks to the COVID-19 vaccine, local schools are inviting teachers and students back to the classroom for the upcoming school…

Investing in the best: How we provide top-rated heart care.

by Stuart F. Seides, MD
August 20, 2021

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has once again been ranked a top heart hospital by US News & World Report….

5 tips to improve home safety for older adults.

by Rezanne Khalil, MD
August 18, 2021

As we age, most of us would prefer to remain independent in the comfort of our familiar home, if given…

Devastation to celebration: Shayna’s joyful first Mother’s Day after ovarian cyst surgery.

by Shayna Frost, RD, LDN, MedStar Diabetes Institute, Vadim Morozov, MD, FACOG, FACS
August 13, 2021

As a gynecologic surgeon, one of the best parts of my job is getting this joyful email from patients who’d…

Long-term COVID: What are the symptoms and how are they treated?

by Kathryn Pellegrino, PA, Sarah Joan Heins, MedStar Health COVID Recovery Program
August 11, 2021

As the status of the COVID-19 virus in the United States continues to improve amidst widespread vaccinations and the fresh…

Mental health and sports: 3 ways to elevate self-care in young athletes.

by Andrew Radu, MD, MBE, Psychiatrist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
August 04, 2021

Did you know that most Olympic hopefuls begin intense training in their sport before their tenth birthday? After years of…

What the Delta variant means for vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans.

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
August 02, 2021

The Delta variant is the fourth known mutation of the COVID-19 virus. Like any mutated virus or bacteria, each strain…

Restoring your pelvic floor: treatments for relaxation and accidental bladder leakage.

by Andrew Ian Sokol, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon
July 23, 2021

Women today face many contradictions about how to handle their personal health, especially when it comes to common—but not normal—pelvic…

10 dos and don’ts to treat sunburn at home—and when to visit the Burn Center.

by Taryn E. Travis, MD
July 21, 2021

Whether it’s the first day of summer or the end of a weekend beach getaway, nearly everyone has experienced the…

Raising the bar: 4 patient-centric goals from our exceptional heart surgery team.

by Abeel A. Mangi, MD
July 14, 2021

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute has built a legacy of exceptional research, education, and patient care. Now, we are raising…

Modern sinus surgery: Chronic sinusitis and nasal polyp relief with less pain, shorter recovery.

by Andrew Y. Lee, MD
July 09, 2021

Every year, hundreds of patients visit our otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat) providers to find relief from disruptive chronic sinusitis…

How to deal with re-entry anxiety and post-pandemic stress.

by Dr. Elspeth Ritchie, MD, Chair, Psychiatry
July 02, 2021

After more than a year of COVID-19 social restrictions, the U.S. pivoted from “you’re safer at home” to “get vaccinated…

5 tips for a safe summer.

by Dr. Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
June 22, 2021

Whether you’re heading off to vacation or enjoying the long days of summer at home, the warm months are a…

Everything you need to know about migraines and how to treat them.

by MedStar Health
June 04, 2021

Migraines are quite common, affecting 18 percent of women and 6 percent of men in the United States, according to…

What it’s like to live with adult cystic fibrosis, and the future of CF care and research.

by Emil S. Oweis, MD, Ruby Steuart, Nurse Technician at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
June 02, 2021

If anybody knows the rules of social distancing, it’s patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Well before the pandemic, patients with…

Experiencing post-quarantine weight gain? Why you should consider bariatric surgery.

by Dr. Christopher You, MD
May 26, 2021

It’s been about 15 months since the term “COVID-19” became part of our vocabularies and began wreaking havoc on “normal…

¿Puedo confiar en la vacuna contra la COVID-19?

by MedStar Health
May 14, 2021

Si perteneces a la comunidad negra o latina, es posible que tengas algunas preocupaciones sobre la eficacia de la vacuna…

Why you shouldn’t delay cancer screenings.

May 06, 2021

In 2020, cancer diagnoses plummeted by 50%, as many people delayed routine physicals and cancer screenings that have been proven…

7 popular food myths: The truth you should know.

by Kerry Strom, RD, LDN, Dietitian Educator at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, Skye Jones, CRNP, MedStar Health Bel Air Medical Campus
April 23, 2021

From fad diets to old wives’ tales about food, it’s easy to be misled into believing popular food myths. But…

How to treat hemorrhoids: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

by David E. Stein, MD, Colorectal Surgeon and Regional Chief of Surgery in the Baltimore region at MedStar Health
April 16, 2021

You may be surprised to hear that everyone has hemorrhoids. In fact, I often introduce the topic to my medical…

When should I go to the emergency department?

by Kevin Scruggs, MD, Emergency Medicine Chair at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
April 14, 2021

When a serious unexpected illness or injury strikes, you may wonder whether you should seek treatment at the Emergency Department,…

Do I have COVID-19 or allergies?

by Lauren Maragh, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, MedStar Medical Group
April 09, 2021

If you find yourself feeling under the weather this spring, you may be asking yourself, “Do I have COVID-19 or…

Can I trust the COVID-19 vaccine?

by MedStar Health
April 07, 2021

If you are part of the Black or Brown community, you may have some concerns about the efficacy and effectiveness…

Top 7 things that increase your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers.

by Edward McCarron, MD, Surgical Oncologist at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
April 02, 2021

More people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer than any other form of cancer. Fortunately, most skin…

Should I be worried about a lung nodule?

by Lisa Bearman, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, Nurse Practitioner for Thoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonary, MedStar Health Cancer Network
March 31, 2021

If you recently had a computed tomography (CT) scan that revealed a dark spot, or lung nodule, in your chest,…

“I’m vaccinated. Now what?”

by Calvin Thomas Williams, Jr., MD/PhD, Chief of Infectious Diseases at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
March 26, 2021

After a long year of adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s exciting to think about what it could…

5 signs it’s time to seek care for hemorrhoids.

by Nicole Chaumont, MD, FACS, Colon and Rectal Surgeon; Regional Vice Chair of Quality, Safety, and Outcomes at MedStar Health
March 19, 2021

Hemorrhoids seem to have a stigma to them, but the truth is, we all have them. It’s not uncommon for…

Benefits of showing gratitude to healthcare workers.

by Dr. Harjit K. Chahal, MD
March 05, 2021

Every year on March 30, we recognize the impact that physicians and caregivers have on our lives and our loved…

What you need to know about atrial fibrillation, or AFib.

by Sunjeet Sidhu, MD, Cardiac Electrophysiologist
February 24, 2021

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of arrhythmia, affecting more than 5 million people in the U.S….

Why it’s important to get a mammogram, and what to expect when you do.

by Linda C. Wieczynski, MS, RN, Clinical Coordinator, MedStar Health Cancer Network
February 12, 2021

Nearly one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and it’s the second leading…

What you need to know about finding a living kidney donor.

by Dr. Beje Thomas, Internal Medicine and Nephrology
February 10, 2021

There are currently over 100,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant. And, unfortunately, many of those people could be waiting…

4 tips for a healthy heart in 2021.

by Dr. Harjit K. Chahal, MD
February 03, 2021

As a cardiologist, I know how important it is to eat healthy and exercise. And, up until COVID hit, I…

COVID-19 vaccine: Answers to frequently asked questions. (Part two)

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
January 29, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available across the nation, you may have some questions about whether or not you should…

COVID-19 vaccine: Answers to frequently asked questions. (Part one)

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
January 21, 2021

As a former service member in the Army, I’m no stranger to vaccines. And today, as an infectious disease specialist,…

Have chronic pain? What you need to know about your pain management options.

by Dr. James Houston, Director of Pain Management at MedStar Health
January 20, 2021

When you have chronic pain that gets in the way of everyday activities, you may benefit from pain management treatment….