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  • Everything you need to know about diagnostic mammograms
    30 minutes: that’s all it is
  • Debunking myths about the flu
    Culpeper Medical Center medical director sets the record straight about flu season
  • ‘My annual mammogram saved my life’
    Area nurse leader shares about her battle with breast cancer
  • Protect your children against flu this year and every year
    October is the ideal month to get the flu vaccine
  • ‘Worth the 15 minutes’
    Local hospital team member finds peace of mind with early cancer screenings
  • Enhanced recovery and decreased pain advances in gynecological surgery
    Minimally invasive options offer smaller incisions and easier recoveries
  • 5 things to know about COVID-19 as kids head back to school
    The latest on face masks, mandates and managing anxiety
  • FDA approves Pfizer COVID vaccine: What you need to know
    COVID-19 is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated
  • Vaccines, variants and validity
    What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines, the new variant and boosters
  • What you need to know about living with AFib
    If your heart skips a beat, it could be more than butterflies
  • Know your numbers
    Four vital numbers you should aim for at your next annual appointment
  • Destination: A pain-free knee
    Globetrotting Chantilly man finds relief in his own backyard
  • Arm in arm
    How Novant Health UVA Health System pharmacy team prepared for COVID-19 vaccines

30 minutes: that’s all it is
So, you’ve gotten the call from your provider after your annual mammogram telling you that they need additional imaging. Regardless of the reason, it can sound daunting, and you may feel a little uneasy about going in for a second appointment.
Culpeper Medical Center medical director sets the record straight about flu season
Despite hitting record-low counts of influenza (flu) cases last year, the flu is expected to make a comeback during the 2021-2022 season. And with COVID-19 cases on the rise once again, there is plenty of misinformation out there about the flu.
Area nurse leader shares about her battle with breast cancer
No one prepares you to be diagnosed with cancer. But, after her 2019 cancer diagnosis, Ginger Sorensen was cared for by her coworkers in the facility she has worked in for the past 20 years.
October is the ideal month to get the flu vaccine
With the easing of pandemic restrictions and children returning to school in person, the flu is expected to make a comeback in 2021 and into 2022. Now is as important as ever to have your children vaccinated against the flu – and COVID-19, if eligibl
Local hospital team member finds peace of mind with early cancer screenings
Being only 36 years old with no family history of breast cancer, mammograms weren’t top of mind for April Hanlin of Manassas. But living with multiple sclerosis – an autoimmune disease that attacks the protective coverings of the nerves – and start
Minimally invasive options offer smaller incisions and easier recoveries
It’s very common for a woman to experience a gynecological condition at some point in her lifetime. Whether its acute or chronic, these health issues can be concerning -- and some may even require surgery. Fortunately, minimally invasive options have
The latest on face masks, mandates and managing anxiety
Going back to school this year was supposed to look a little different after the rollout of the vaccine and communities starting to show signs of normalcy. Instead, COVID-19 cases are spiking again, mask mandates are back in some institutions, and co
COVID-19 is now a pandemic of the unvaccinated
On Aug. 23, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted final approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. With this comes hope that a new wave of Americans who were wary of the vaccine will now get the full regimen.
What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines, the new variant and boosters
Despite hitting all-time low counts of cases earlier this summer, COVID-19 has ramped up once again. Hospitals are filling with COVID-positive patients, masks have returned, and establishments are capping their capacities. Many are wondering, if ther
If your heart skips a beat, it could be more than butterflies
When we walk upstairs with a heavy box or play sports in the heat, our hearts can beat faster than we’re comfortable with. But if you find this happening more often than usual, it could mean something more serious, like atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Four vital numbers you should aim for at your next annual appointment
If you are aging, have chronic conditions or are just curious about healthy living, chances are your Google searches have looked something like, “What is a healthy blood pressure?” or “How do I know if my heart rate is too high/low?”
Globetrotting Chantilly man finds relief in his own backyard
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Travis, 71, and his wife of more than 51 years, Loretta, were avid travelers. They’ve been to more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. Michael and Loretta have climbed mountains, ridden in hot air ball
How Novant Health UVA Health System pharmacy team prepared for COVID-19 vaccines
Original story from February 2021. It was the moment the world was waiting for – the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. And Jarrod Brubaker and his pharmacy team were ready.
Vitamin content, real juice are pitched as sales points for alcoholic beverages
Do claims of being better for you really hold up?
Exercise, physical therapy, injections and surgery can offer relief
Eighty percent of adults in the United States will experience low back pain at some point. If you are among them, you may be weighing your options for both immediate and long-term relief.
Getting ready to go back to school… in person!
As important as it is to make sure children are academically prepared for the school year, it is equally important to make sure they are prepared physically and mentally.
These 6 tips might be just what you need for a better night's sleep
A recent study published in the journal Nature Communications showed a link between sleep duration and the likelihood of developing dementia.
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and Month, Gough shares some tips, answers and wisdom to help parents address their most common concerns.