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  • Kids and COVID-19: Answers to important questions
  • What you need to know about coronavirus disease COVID-19
  • Is your household prepared for coronavirus?
    Learn how to stay safe and protect your family
  • Don’t let coronavirus chaos stop you from exercising
    Try these exercises to fight off stress and boost immunity
  • Tests every woman needs in her 40s
  • It’s women’s history month — let’s talk women’s health
  • PAD: A warning sign for future cardiovascular issues
  • Myth busters: The flu
    Debunking myths and setting the record straight about flu season
  • Starting 2020 on the right foot
    What important health screenings should you have?
  • Holly, jolly healthiness
    Maintaining healthy eating habits over the holidays
  • Winter’s chill shouldn’t be an exercise buzzkill
    Keeping up activity in the cold weather months
  • Not your average Thanksgiving leftover sandwich
    This one features some extra fruits and vegetables
  • A new hip can give new life
    How hip replacement surgery helped one local woman regain her mobility and her livelihood
  • What you should know about prostate cancer
  • Let’s talk about mammograms
    Local medical centers engage, support community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • The “other” skin cancer
    What you need to know about nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • Is my kid ready for kindergarten?
    Preparing your kids for a successful school year
  • Playing It Safe
    The 411 on concussions
  • Not just lyme disease
    Tick-borne illness in Virginia
  • Scott Abell: Grateful Heart Patient
    How care from Prince William Medical Center saved his life
  • Getting Involved and Staying Engaged
    Culpeper Medical Center takes part in the local community
  • 5 keys for controlling your sugar intake
    A “natural” label doesn’t mean “healthy”
  • What is lymphedema?
    What you need to know about the causes, symptoms and treatments
  • Ending the mental illness stigma
    A look at the importance of mental health for our well-being
  • Is it a cold or allergies?
    3 things you need to know as we head into sneezing season
  • ‘Everyone did their job’
    She had a stroke. Here’s how fast action prevented disaster
  • ‘Rocked my family and my life’
    New treatment offers hope in prostate cancer diagnosis
  • The ABCs of the A1C
    Recognizing your diabetes risk by the numbers
  • Taking back control
    After bariatric surgery, he lost 113 pounds

Anastasia Williams, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician and medical director of pediatrics at Novant Health UVA Olde Towne Pediatrics, weighs in on how kids can lessen their chances of getting sick, how to communicate with youngsters about COVID-19 and other im
Novant Health UVA Health System is taking steps to help control spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including implementing visitor limitations and rescheduling elective surgeries.
Learn how to stay safe and protect your family
The rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused a lot of anxiety. Schools and many businesses are now closed, weddings are being postponed and grocery stores have become battlegrounds for toilet paper.
Try these exercises to fight off stress and boost immunity
Many families are reeling as they try to adjust to the new normal of schools being closed and parents working from home. As a nation, we all need a way to blow off steam, but even that’s harder now that gyms are closed.
A routine annual physical examination is an opportunity to gain clarity about your health as you start to monitor it more closely. Examinations help prevent minor problems from escalating and your medical practitioners can typically complete one in l
Each March we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day to recognize the past and present contributions of women. In the medical community, we honor women through continued advancements in the field of obstetrics and gynecology (O
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 8.5 million people in the United States, including about 20 percent of people over the age of 60, have peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Debunking myths and setting the record straight about flu season
We’re often too quick to assume the dreaded influenza virus is to blame for any wintertime sick days. Flu is a likely suspect for any wintertime illness. The reason? Many of us don’t actually know much about the flu.
What important health screenings should you have?
“New year, new me,” or so the saying goes. The start of a new year is a metaphorical clean slate and the perfect time to begin a healthier lifestyle. It’s also a great time to be reminded of the monthly and annual health screenings you should be doin
Maintaining healthy eating habits over the holidays
Each year the holiday season comes around with connotations of joy, togetherness and indulgence.
Keeping up activity in the cold weather months
It can be all too easy to let the chilly winter months deter you from being active. After all, who wants to go for a run when it’s cold enough to see your breath, or drive to yoga or CrossFit when it’s snowing? Staying cozy on the couch is often a mo
This one features some extra fruits and vegetables
The days after Thanksgiving often mean one thing: a lot of leftovers. Instead of making the same hearty plate of food you had the day before, get creative and healthy!
How hip replacement surgery helped one local woman regain her mobility and her livelihood
Over the years, Melissa Young has experienced quite a bit of trauma to her right hip.
Prostate cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed form of cancer, but there is some good news: the five-year survival rate is nearly 100% when caught early, when the cancer is still local to the prostate.
Local medical centers engage, support community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
You’ve likely noticed more pink around you during the month of October. That’s because many national retailers, professional sports teams and Fortune 500 companies alike are rocking the pink in support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
What you need to know about nonmelanoma skin cancer
Many of us hear “skin cancer” and automatically think melanoma. But while melanomas are often more aggressive than nonmelanoma skin cancer, they actually make up a much smaller percentage of diagnoses – only an estimated three percent.
Preparing your kids for a successful school year
Oh, kindergarten. Many of us remember our very first day of school fondly — the excitement of shopping for school supplies, packing lunch boxes and waiting for the yellow bus to round the corner. Boarding the school bus was often our first taste of f
The 411 on concussions
The start of a new school year means a new season for high school and college sports, including football, cheerleading, field hockey, cross country, golf and volleyball.
Tick-borne illness in Virginia
Along with the summer comes longer days, vacation planning, planting gardens, hiking – and tick-borne illness.
How care from Prince William Medical Center saved his life
When 49-year-old Scott Abell, a northern-Virginia-based financial advisor, husband and father of three, experienced a heart attack on October 22, 2018, he first thought it was a cold he’d picked up over the weekend.
Culpeper Medical Center takes part in the local community
At Culpeper Medical Center, a Novant Health UVA Health System facility, the number one priority is providing our patients and community members with high quality healthcare services that allow them to be treated close to home.
A “natural” label doesn’t mean “healthy”
“Sugars that occur naturally in whole foods such as milk, fruit and plain yogurt help protect your body, at a cellular level, against diseases,” said Deepti Mahajan, MD, an internal medicine provider at Novant Health UVA Health System.
What you need to know about the causes, symptoms and treatments
Have you ever experienced swelling after an injury? Maybe you twisted your ankle and needed to elevate and ice it for a couple of days. The silver lining in most cases is knowing that swelling will be gone after a few days.
A look at the importance of mental health for our well-being
When it comes to maintaining our physical health and appearance, many of us pencil in appointments weeks, months or even a year in advance. But what about mental and emotional health?
It's not too late to get vaccinated
The flu is unpredictable, as is flu season’s timeline. Here’s what you should know about the flu vaccine and when to get vaccinated.
3 things you need to know as we head into sneezing season
The arrival of spring brings longer days, warmer weather… and an explosion of pollen that can absolutely torment those of us with seasonal allergies.
Love and its effects on heart and mental health
Besides making us feel all warm and fuzzy, love plays a positive role in our mental and physical health.
Why it’s best to take online medical research with a grain of salt
Doctors themselves are guilty of looking up medical questions online, so it’s no surprise that their patients are, too. Read a doctor’s advice before turning to the internet for answers.
When to see your orthopedic specialist with shoulder pain
What do a baseball player and a window cleaner have in common? Both are at increased risk of a rotator cuff tear while on the job due to continuous movement of the shoulder joint.
Tips on surviving the holidays without packing on the pounds
How do combat excess food intake during the holidays and make sure you’re balancing treats with healthy, energizing foods? A registered dietician offers tips to curtail increasing weight.
5 things to know about the 2019 health insurance marketplace
Last year, more than 8.7 million Americans enrolled in a health insurance marketplace plan on Healthcare.gov. On Nov. 1, the marketplace opens for 2019 enrollment. Whether you plan to sign up for the first time or renew last year’s plan, here are som
Tips for staying well-rested when the clocks change
The reaction to Daylight Savings Time varies from person to person. Some are merely annoyed that it’s now dark before they leave the office, while others experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Don’t let headaches ruin your life
Headaches may be one of the most common afflictions we share as humans. But beneath that everyday description lies a more complex web of disorders and causes.
Managing your health insurance dollars in 5 easy steps
Understanding your health plan options, knowing key terms and planning your medical needs are vital to making the best decisions.
MAKOplasty knee replacement surgery can change everything
Vietnam vet Bob Weiss, 77, had suffered knee problems off and on for over 30 years. Although various treatments worked for a while, the relief was only temporary and his knees resumed aching whenever he worked on his family farm.
6 smart things you can do to avoid packing on the pounds
It’s officially the season of cookies and candy canes, of sugarplums and savory pies. But a festive holiday spirit doesn’t mean you have to reach for your pants with the elastic waistband.
Fast action on heart attack can make all the difference
When it comes to a possible heart attack, far too many people ignore or try to ride out their pain. And it’s not worth the gamble.
New treatment helps patients get back to their lives quicker
Enjoying his family during the holiday season remained a top priority for William Deane Sr., a busy grandfather and great-grandfather. But the 73-year-old area resident had a lot going on last fall, including cancer treatment.
Many adults are not up-to-date on their shots
American adults are not getting their recommended vaccinations, putting themselves and others at risk of serious disease.
There’s no escaping germs, but you can keep them from spreading
Germs are literally everywhere. From your keyboard to your cellphone and from the bathroom to the kitchen, germs can exist on every surface. Here's how to protect yourself.