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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….

Ways you can prevent falls in your home.

by Jennifer Grant, PT, MedStar Health Home Care
January 06, 2021

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and according to the Centers…

Cold, flu, and COVID-19: What’s the difference?

by Lauren Maragh, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, MedStar Medical Group
December 23, 2020

The cold, flu, and COVID-19 are all contagious viruses that can be spread through the air. And, because they share…

Healthy holiday snack ideas for you and your family.

by Theresa A. Stone, MD, FACP
December 16, 2020

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

6 signs you should be concerned about your mental health.

by Gillian Louise Adams, MD
December 02, 2020

Mental health refers to the general state of how you regulate your behavior, feelings, and thoughts. There’s no standard for…

7 tips for eating healthy over the holidays.

by Wendy Chatham, Dietitian, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
November 25, 2020

Stress, pressure from family, and tempting treats over the holidays can make it hard to choose nutritious choices from Thanksgiving…

5 tips to safely celebrate the holidays during COVID-19.

by Asia Mcdonald, MD, Urgent Care Physician, Lauren Maragh, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, MedStar Medical Group
November 23, 2020

The pandemic—and 2020 in general—has been stressful and isolating for many people, and this holiday season, it’s more important than…

Preparing for medical emergencies at home.

by MedStar Health
November 20, 2020

It’s 3:00 a.m. and you suddenly hear a loud noise from just outside your door. As you investigate, you discover…

Tips to help kids with ADHD succeed with distance learning.

by Gillian Louise Adams, MD
November 13, 2020

Distance learning can be hard for any student, but kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder…

How to increase your chances of surviving lung cancer.

by Irina Veytsman, MD, Medical hematologist and oncologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center
November 11, 2020

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, as more people in the United States die from the disease than…

How to manage and treat IBD.

by David E. Stein, MD, Colorectal Surgeon and Regional Chief of Surgery in the Baltimore region at MedStar Health
November 04, 2020

No one wants to have to run to the bathroom as soon as they arrive at a new place, but…

Dealing with chronic pain? Why you should consider seeing a psychologist.

by Natasha Durant, PhD, Pain Psychologist at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
October 30, 2020

According to the Academy of Pain Management, chronic pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. In…

Treating 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
October 23, 2020

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

Why you shouldn’t delay a lung cancer screening.

by Clara Yoder, BSN, RN, CCRN
October 21, 2020

Some people may delay a lung cancer screening or other routine screenings out of fear of diagnosis. But the truth…

Why it’s critical to get a flu shot during the pandemic.

by Dr. Howard Bassel, Urgent Care and Family Medicine Physician, MedStar Health, Dr. Richard Kennedy, Internal Medicine Physician, MedStar Health
October 14, 2020

While COVID-19 and the flu have similar symptoms, there is one distinct difference—we have an effective vaccine to lower your…

Eating mindfully for better health.

by Jessica DeCostole, RD, LDN
September 25, 2020

If you have found yourself mindlessly finishing off a big bag of chips or a quart of ice cream during…

How colonoscopies can prevent colon cancer.

by Michael Sickler, Program Manager, Colon Cancer Screening Program
September 23, 2020

Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in men and women in the United States, according…

Managing medications: tips to help achieve the best outcomes.

by Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA
September 18, 2020

Medications play a key role in helping many individuals, especially older adults, maintain their quality of life. However, for some,…

Stretches and exercises to ease shoulder pain at home.

by John A. Kuri II, MD, Orthopedic surgeon at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
September 16, 2020

We use our shoulders to do just about everything, from pushing and pulling to lifting and carrying. That’s why it’s…

A guide to safe activities during COVID-19.

by Manu Kaushal, MD, FCCP, Medical Director of Critical Care and Medical Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center
September 02, 2020

Most stay-at-home orders have lifted and many people are trying to resume normal life as much as possible. We know…

Tips for creating and maintaining healthy habits during COVID-19.

by Carissa Colangelo, MS, ATC/LAT, PTA, CSCS, MedStar Sports Medicine
August 21, 2020

In a world where it seems everything in our normal daily life has changed in a very short period, it…

The dos and don’ts of wearing a face mask.

by Alison M. Wogatske, CRNP, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
August 19, 2020

Public health experts and doctors agree that wearing a face mask is one way we can minimize the spread of…

Why COVID-19 cases are rising.

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
August 12, 2020

While many of us were hopeful that the spread of COVID-19 was slowing down, some states are seeing record spikes…

Is sore throat a common COVID-19 symptom?

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
August 05, 2020

While we continue to learn more about COVID-19, there’s still a lot we don’t know. But it’s important to stay…

10 things to know when getting ready for baby. (Part two)

by Dr. Ngozi Wexler, MD, Chair, Ob/Gyn Department, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
July 31, 2020

If you’re pregnant, you may have some questions about what’s next. Many women feel a mix of emotions, which is…

10 things to know when getting ready for baby. (Part one)

by Dr. Ngozi Wexler, MD, Chair, Ob/Gyn Department, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
July 29, 2020

It’s common to feel uncertainty and anxiety while getting ready for a baby, especially if it’s your first. But, not…

Top 5 summer safety tips for outdoor fun.

by Dr. Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
July 22, 2020

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

Seniors: How to keep your body and mind active during COVID-19.

by Dr. Dionne Hawkins, MPT, Clinic Director at MedStar Health Physical Therapy at Leisure World
July 15, 2020

Social restrictions caused by COVID-19 continue to affect us all, and the senior community is no exception. With a higher…

Easy ways to eat healthy during COVID-19.

by Dr. Harjit K. Chahal, MD
July 10, 2020

A healthy diet is important for maintaining weight, sleeping well, and fighting off disease, especially during COVID-19. A well-balanced diet…

How to protect your skin from harmful UV rays this summer.

by Dr. Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
July 03, 2020

The 4th of July holiday weekend is coming up, and many people will be spending their time outside in the…

5 safety tips to remember when working in the yard.

by James Moser, PT, DPT
June 24, 2020

Everyone is spending more time at home these days, which hopefully means you are getting around to tackling that “to-do…

Osteopathic manipulative medicine: everything you need to know.

by Dr. Ryun Lee, DO
June 19, 2020

You’ve probably heard of chiropractors and massage therapists who use a hands-on approach to relieve tension and improve function in…

What you need to know about varicose and spider veins.

by Dr. Maggie Arnold, MD, Vascular Surgeon
June 17, 2020

Summer is just around the corner, and the warmer weather means it’s time to break out those shorts hidden in…

7 running tips for new and experienced runners.

by Rebecca Schwender, PT, DPT, Clinic Coordinator, Samantha King, PT, DPT
June 12, 2020

As many of us are spending our days at home, finding new ways to exercise is increasingly important, especially with…

How and why to get a second opinion for cancer diagnosis using video visits.

by Dr. Shweta Kurian, MD
June 10, 2020

When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, a second opinion can give you the information you need to make the best…

Why you should still seek primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Dr. Ryan Anderson, MD
June 03, 2020

While COVID-19 may be the health concern at the top of everyone’s mind, other illnesses and medical needs still require…

3 types of bariatric surgery for weight loss.

by Shoshana Feldman, CRNP
May 27, 2020

As COVID-19 changes our daily routines, many of us may be struggling to remain active or make healthy food choices…

How to avoid spreading pink eye.

by Dr. Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
May 22, 2020

Kids who attend public schools in the U.S. collectively miss nearly 3 million days of school every year because of…

7 simple ways to protect your skin in the sun.

by Dr. Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, Regional Medical Director, MedStar Health Urgent Care
May 20, 2020

In the U.S., skin cancer is by far the most commonly diagnosed cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Since…