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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…

How to find relief from urinary incontinence.

by Dr. Lee A. Richter, MD
May 15, 2020

Experiencing bladder leakage is common, and it can negatively impact quality of life. Thankfully, there are many treatment options available….

4 reasons why you should have a primary care provider.

by Dr. Emile Rochon, MD
May 13, 2020

Many people unfortunately wait until they’re sick to find a doctor. Delaying preventative care or avoiding the doctor’s office altogether;…

Managing cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Christopher M. Gallagher, MD, Oncologist, Medical Director of Cancer Services, Washington Cancer Institute
May 08, 2020

Managing cancer is a constant battle. As with all serious illnesses, cancer patients have critical needs that can’t wait. And…

5 tips for managing stress during pregnancy (and how video visits with your doctor can help).

by Dr. Ngozi Wexler, MD, Chair, Ob/Gyn Department, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
May 06, 2020

Pregnancy can bring on a mix of emotions for many women. And sometimes, excitement about the baby can be overshadowed…

8 surprising reasons you may need physical therapy.

by Jared Miller, PT, DPT
May 01, 2020

When you’re recovering from an injury or surgery, it’s common to see a physical therapist who can help you regain…

How to set up an ergonomic workstation at home.

by Kate Ayoub, PT, DPT
April 29, 2020

If you are one of the many people working remotely to maintain social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important…

10 tips to keep your family healthy while at home.

by Dr. Rachelle Barrett Toman, MD, Family Medicine
April 24, 2020

Parents and kids alike are finding themselves navigating new routines at home while businesses and schools are closed because of…

UTIs: Why antibiotics aren’t always the answer.

by Dr. Cheryl B. Iglesia, MD, Urogynecology, director of the National Center for Advanced Pelvic Surgery for MedStar Health
April 17, 2020

While treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs) are usually effective, they’re not always necessary, as the body often can fight…

How your primary care provider can help you prevent heart disease- via your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

by Dr. Briana Newkirk, MD, MedStar Medical Group at Navy Yard
April 10, 2020

Every 37 seconds, someone in the United States dies from heart disease. The good news is there are things you…

Support your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Dr. Elspeth Ritchie, MD, Chair, Psychiatry
April 06, 2020

When an unfamiliar disease strikes, it can cause tremendous fear and anxiety. We’ve seen it before—during the 1918 Spanish flu…

Why active kids are healthier kids…especially while stuck at home.

by Emily Coates, PT, DPT, MedStar Health
March 30, 2020

One of the best ways we can maintain good health is by being physically active on a regular basis. In…

How COVID-19 compares to the flu.

by Glenn Wortmann, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the MedStar Institute of Quality and Safety
March 26, 2020

Just as flu season comes to an end in the United States, the Novel Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) shows…

8 tips for staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD, Sports Medicine Medical Director, MedStar Health, Richard Y. Hinton, MD, Sports Medicine Medical Director, MedStar Health
March 17, 2020

In an effort to prevent the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), many spectator and participation sports have been…

How lung cancer screening can save your life.

by Clara Yoder, BSN, RN, CCRN
March 06, 2020

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer, killing more men and women than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined….

Five ways to make colonoscopy prep easier.

by Michael Sickler, Program Manager, Colon Cancer Screening Program
February 26, 2020

Updated March 15, 2020 A colonoscopy probably isn’t how you want to celebrate your 45th birthday, but it’s the best…

How to Use Social Media to Find a Living Donor

by Dr. Beje Thomas, Internal Medicine and Nephrology
February 21, 2020

When Malkia White found out her kidney was functioning at 12 percent, she knew finding a living donor would increase…

Three Ways to Treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Tips to Prevent It

by Andrew Ian Sokol, MD, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon
February 11, 2020

Pelvic organ prolapse, often just called prolapse, is a common condition in which the walls of the vagina drop (bulge)…

Why You Can Still Get the Flu—Even if You Got a Flu Shot

by Dr. Jesus Gonzalez, MD, MedStar Medical Group Internal Medicine
February 07, 2020

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the wrath of the flu. But many people…

Six Reasons to Get a Mammogram (and What to Expect When You Do)

by Linda C. Wieczynski, MS, RN, Clinical Coordinator, MedStar Health Cancer Network
January 31, 2020

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

Three Common Sports Injuries—and Tips to Avoid Them

by Christopher Alan Looze, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
January 24, 2020

It’s summer time—meaning a number of sports’ seasons, such as baseball and soccer, are in full swing. And for those…

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 Dr. 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…

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 Dr. 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…