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How to Maintain a Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

by Dr. Arthur Greenwood, Obstetrician and gynecologist, MedStar Medical Group Women’s Health
January 17, 2020

Whether your pregnancy was long-awaited or sudden, you probably have a few questions about how you and baby can stay…

3 Key Ways to Manage Your Diabetes

by Shayna Frost, RD, LDN, MedStar Diabetes Institute
January 10, 2020

Diabetes is an epidemic in the United States. In fact, 30.3 million Americans have diabetes—an amount that has doubled since…

Year in Review: Our Top 5 Health Tips of 2019

by MedStar Health
December 30, 2019

Along with the holiday festivities, December brings an opportunity to reflect on the past year, and it’s been a busy…

Healthy Holiday Snacks: 5 Ideas From Our Fresh & Savory Program

by Theresa A. Stone, MD, FACP, Internist and Medical Director of the Fresh & Savory Program
December 23, 2019

Eating healthy is one of the best things you can do for your health. In fact, consuming a healthy diet…

Healthy Tailgating: 5 Foods That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

by Theresa A. Stone, MD, FACP, Internist and Medical Director of the Fresh & Savory Program
December 12, 2019

Tailgating can be one of the best parts of football season. However, between the plethora of concession stands around the…

Ankle Fractures: 5 Common Symptoms and Treatment Methods to Know

by Dr. Jacob M. Wisbeck, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
December 10, 2019

Millions of people experience ankle fractures (broken ankles) each year—but not all ankle fractures are the same. In fact, an…

4 Healthy Holiday Recipes That Are Actually Good for You

by Sonita Singh, MD, Family Medicine Physician, MedStar Medical Group
November 27, 2019

Eating healthy is no easy feat for most people—especially during the holidays, when we have family gatherings and work events…

Flu Season: Who Needs a Flu Shot, and How Does It Work?

by Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
November 22, 2019

Cold weather is upon us—and, unfortunately, so is flu season. The flu, which is most common in the fall and…

Seizures: Why They Occur and What to Do About Them

by Yongxing Zhou, MD, Board-Certified Neurologist, MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
November 15, 2019

Seizures, or changes in the brain’s electrical activity, are more common than most people realize—in fact, about one in 100…

4 Healthy (& Easy) School Lunch Ideas for Kids

by Jessica DeCostole, RD, LDN
October 25, 2019

School cafeterias don’t always provide the healthiest of foods. And even if they do, it can be difficult for kids…

5 Common Neurological Disorders and How to Identify Them

by Yongxing Zhou, MD, Board-Certified Neurologist, MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
October 17, 2019

Neurological disorders—or diseases of the brain, spine, and the nerves that connect them—affect millions of people each year. What’s more,…

6 Times to Use a MedStar eVisit and When Urgent Care Might Be Better

by Megan E. Walling, MSPAS, PA-C
September 27, 2019

Now that MedStar eVisit is available, there are more ways than ever before to see a medical provider. However, many…

Is the Keto Diet a Good Idea?

by Jessica DeCostole, RD, LDN
September 20, 2019

The ketogenic (keto) diet started to gain popularity in the 1990s, but the interest has really spiked in the last…

5 Ways to Prevent a Sports Injury

by Colonel (retired) Steven J. Svoboda, MD, Board-Certified Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon at MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
September 13, 2019

With the fall sports season underway, athletes of all ages are gearing up for success. Unfortunately, the season can end…

Playing Sports? 3 Tips to Prepare You for the Season

by Dan Black, CSCS, Exercise Physiologist & Supervisor, MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
August 29, 2019

Playing sports is a lot of fun. It helps you get in shape, spend time with friends, and learn how…

8 Ways to Deal with Insomnia and Form Better Sleeping Habits

by Kate Ayoub, PT, DPT
August 07, 2019

Insomnia is habitual sleeplessness or the inability to sleep that isn’t explained by a medical condition (i.e. sleep apnea). It…

The Inside Scoop on Bariatric Surgery

by Dr. Christopher You, MD
July 26, 2019

Every day, I meet with patients who are considering bariatric surgery because the more standard and traditional ways of losing…

4 Ways to Protect Yourself From the Summer Heat

by Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
July 19, 2019

If you spend time outside during the summer, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced a sunburn or become dehydrated. Both…

How Your Gratitude Matters and Helps to Reduce Hospital Caregiver Burnout

by Bruce A. Bartoo, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
July 10, 2019

What comes to mind when you hear “philanthropy”? By definition, it is the Greek word for “love of humankind.” When…

Gratitude Matters: Saying Thanks to Caregivers

by Bruce A. Bartoo, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
June 28, 2019

Gratitude matters to you and to us. At MedStar Health, we recognize the positive impact expressions of gratitude can have…

Debunking Colonoscopy: 3 Common Myths and What You Can Really Expect

by Dr. Michael H. Blume, MD, MedStar Medical Group Specialists at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, Jennifer L. Hamilton, MSPAS, PA-C
June 19, 2019

A colonoscopy, one of the most widely recognized screening procedures in the U.S., is used for screening, surveillance, and treatment…

Bicycle Safety: 6 Ways to Ride Safer

by Kate Ayoub, PT, DPT
May 31, 2019

Whether you’re training for a triathlon, on your way to work, or just hitting the road to enjoy a bike…

4 Ways to Prepare for Summer Activities

by B. Elizabeth Delasobera, MD, Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
May 24, 2019

Regularly exercising can be a difficult routine to accomplish, especially during the winter when harsh conditions can make running or…

Cold Versus Allergies: How to Tell the Difference and What Treatments are Available

by B. Elizabeth Delasobera, MD, Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
May 17, 2019

“Achoo!” It’s that time of year for seasonal allergies and sometimes the common cold, two of the most common illnesses…

3 Tips to Prevent and Control High Cholesterol

by MedStar Health
April 26, 2019

Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important, as it’s a primary risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death…

A Beginner’s Guide to Triathlon Training

by Kate Ayoub, PT, DPT
April 19, 2019

Do you enjoy running, biking, swimming, or all three? Maybe you’re a runner looking for a challenge. Why not try…

4 Ways to Prevent Foot and Ankle Pain

by Paul Stuart Cooper, MD, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
April 12, 2019

When springtime rolls around, many people are ready to take their exercise-related New Year’s resolutions to the next level through…

4 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Heart

by Fernando Porter, MD, MedStar Medical Group at Mitchellville
April 05, 2019

Having a healthy heart is pivotal, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. This is…

6 Tips to Follow When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

by Stephen Orion Courtin, MD, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
March 20, 2019

Millions of people have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. As the disease progresses, many…

Have a Cough? Learn When It’s Time to Seek Medical Attention

by Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
March 15, 2019

Patients often ask us, “Why do I cough?” or wonder when a cough should require medical attention. Truth is, if…

4 Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Heart Disease

by Daniel Dooley MD, Nicholas Paivanas MD
March 08, 2019

Understanding ways to prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., is…

7 Common STDs and When to Test for Them

by Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
February 13, 2019

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also known as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise in the United States. According…

Lower Your Cancer Risk With These Four Power Foods

by Jessica DeCostole, RD, LDN
February 01, 2019

While there’s no one magic food that can completely protect you against cancer, research suggests that there are certain foods…

Fast Facts for Parents About Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

by MedStar Health
January 23, 2019

Many parents are cautious to protect their children against seasonal illnesses, such as colds and the flu. However, a lesser-known…

4 Ways to Make Better Food Choices at Work

by Jessica DeCostole, RD, LDN
January 18, 2019

Some days it’s hard enough just to find the energy to make it out of bed and into work on…

Training for a 5K? Read These Tips to Avoid Injuries

by Matthew Maxwell, MD
January 09, 2019

Running a 5K is a challenging and fun way to stay fit. Although, if you aren’t careful, you can get…

3 Tips for Running Your First 5K

by Matthew Maxwell, MD
January 04, 2019

Every year, thousands of runners across the U.S. complete 5K races, which is equivalent to 3.1 miles. Most people who…

Six Tips for Dealing With Seasonal Depression During the Holidays

by Elias Shaya, MD, DFAPA
December 28, 2018

Although the holidays can serve as fun times to catch up with family and friends, many people experience increased depression…

Returning Favors: Why It’s Important to Do So

by Bruce A. Bartoo, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
December 22, 2018

Once you do someone a favor, it may be easy to turn down their attempt to repay you. However, allowing…

The Art of Giving: How Acts of Kindness are Good for Us

by Leah Murray, Director, Grateful Patient Program
December 14, 2018

We all know how good it feels to receive gifts or words of affirmation. However, it can be easy to…

Four Tips to Help You Feel Thankful—Beyond the Holidays

by Leah Murray, Director, Grateful Patient Program
December 07, 2018

The holiday season is a time in which we often share the things we are thankful for with our families…

Where Should Blood Sugar Control Really Be for Type 2 Diabetes?

by Michelle Magee, MD, Director of the MedStar Diabetes Institute
November 14, 2018

Hemoglobin A1C (A1C) is a way of looking at the average blood sugar levels over the preceding two to three…

How to Spot ADHD Symptoms in Teens, and When to Seek Help

by Gillian Louise Adams, MD
November 07, 2018

Hormonal changes and the social and academic demands are constant pressures for teens. However, kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can…

Halloween Tricks: Healthy Alternatives and Portion Control Tips

by Jessica DeCostole, RD, LDN
October 31, 2018

Trick-or-treating is one of the most fun times of the year for kids and parents alike. However, one caveat to…

Cold or Flu: What’s the Difference?

by Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
October 26, 2018

As the weather gets colder, the odds of picking up a respiratory illness like a cold or the flu increase….

Important Tips for Safely Using Opioids and Other Pain Medicines

by Bonnie Levin, PharmD, MBA, FASHP
October 17, 2018

Conventional pain medications may not take away all of your pain. If you’ve suffered a severe injury or had a…

How to Spot Depression and Anxiety in Teens

by Gillian Louise Adams, MD
October 10, 2018

Teens today seem to experience depression and anxiety more than ever before. While social pressure to make friends and get…

3 Tips to Help Teens Manage Type 2 Diabetes

by Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE
September 27, 2018

The teen years are difficult physically and emotionally. Adding type 2 diabetes can make those years even tougher. It’s important…

Weighing In: 4 Tips to Help Teens Beat Obesity

by Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, CDE, FAADE
September 19, 2018

It’s no exaggeration that there’s an obesity epidemic among U.S. teens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that…