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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 PromptCare
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 PromptCare
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 PromptCare
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…

Everything You Need to Know About Migraines

by Jessica Ailani MD
September 12, 2018

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

4 Health Conditions That Running Can Treat or Prevent

by Dr. Matthew Daniel Sedgley, MD
September 05, 2018

Running is a great way to lose weight and de-stress. However, a benefit that is often overlooked is that running…

7 Tips to Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

by Dr. Kevin C. Reed, MD
August 29, 2018

We’ve experienced several heat waves on the East Coast this summer. It’s important that we stay cool in order to…

6 Tips to Reduce Dementia Risk

by Dr. Anne Encarnacion Constantino, MD
August 22, 2018

There’s an old expression that age doesn’t make you forgetful, it’s the amount of things you have to remember. But…

5 Tips to Avoid Ticks and Lyme Disease

by Dr. Lauren Williams, MD
August 15, 2018

It’s summertime—everyone is out and about and having fun. But with the extra time outside comes increased susceptibility to ticks….

When it Comes to Treating Migraines, Here’s What Really Works

by Jessica Ailani MD
August 08, 2018

For longtime migraine sufferers, you’ve probably tried every over-the-counter (OTC) medication to find something that works for you. The World…

3 Common Gardening Injuries and How to Prevent Them

by Susan Burke, OTR/L, CHT, regional director, Hand and Upper Extremity Program, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
July 31, 2018

For many of us, the time we spend gardening is enjoyable and even therapeutic. It’s important to remember, in addition…

4 Most Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

by Josh Billings, PT, MPT, regional director, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network
July 23, 2018

Research shows that running is a great way to reduce stress, stay in shape, and lose weight. But, as many…

4 Health Tips for Traveling with Type 2 Diabetes

by Laura Want, RN, CDE, CCRC, BC-ADM, research nurse coordinator, MedStar Health Research Institute
July 16, 2018

Traveling can be a nice way to unwind and explore new places. It also can present challenges–such as, maintaining your…

Order up! 6 Tips for Eating Out With Type 2 Diabetes

by Laura Want, RN, CDE, CCRC, BC-ADM, research nurse coordinator, MedStar Health Research Institute
June 28, 2018

Eating out can be a daunting task if you have type 2 diabetes. Portions at restaurants typically are way too…

Nutrition Questions? It’s Time to Get Personal!

by Haley Kreft, RD, LDN, registered dietitian, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
June 11, 2018

What we eat affects all the systems of the body, from how we look and feel to how well our…

3 Tactics to Battle Food ‘Portion Distortion’

by Haley Kreft, RD, LDN, registered dietitian, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
June 11, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity affects more than one-third of adults and one in…

What’s for Dinner? Meal Planning Made Easy

by Haley Kreft, RD, LDN, registered dietitian, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
June 06, 2018

Many of us are so busy that we don’t think about what to make for meals until it’s crunch time….

The Raw Truth About Cross-Contamination: 4 Food Safety Tips

by Haley Kreft, RD, LDN, registered dietitian, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
June 04, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that about 48 million people—roughly 1 in 6 Americans—get sick each year from…

Running to Lose Weight: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

by Dr. Ankit B. Shah, MD, MPH, FACC, director, MedStar Sports & Performance Cardiology Program, MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute
February 16, 2018

So you want to lose weight. But what if your method for shedding the pounds could also lower your risk…