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  • Which natural remedies to take — and avoid — for colds, flu and COVID-19
    Before you start gulping supplements, start your homework here
  • Do at-home remedies for UTIs work?
    When to seek care for a urinary tract infection
  • What's the best COVID mask? A doctor weighs in with the latest
    Why masks with exhalation valves are not recommended
  • 4 ‘other’ reasons to get the flu vaccine this year
    Learn why the flu shot is good for your boss, billfold and baby
  • Colonoscopy prep is not the burden it once was
    Here’s how to get ready. You can do this.
  • Behind the Stethoscope: Meet Dr. Sheriff Akinleye
  • What’s the difference between COVID-19, flu and a cold?
    You’re feeling sick; which one do you have?
  • Don’t let COVID-19 worries derail your child’s flu shot
    A vaccination is important, especially for the very young
  • What to expect during your first mammogram
    Demystifying the annual breast screening process

Before you start gulping supplements, start your homework here
Natural remedies are everywhere these days. From vitamin C to zinc, everyone’s touting their version of a cure for what ails you. And between the COVID pandemic and the coming cold-and-flu season, this conversation is just heating up.
When to seek care for a urinary tract infection
More than 8 million people visit the doctor each year for a urinary tract infection (UTI) – the second most common type of infection in the body, according to the American Urological Association. UTIs, also known as bladder infections, occur when bac
Why masks with exhalation valves are not recommended
The science is clear: Masks, along with hand hygiene and social distancing, are the most effective way to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Learn why the flu shot is good for your boss, billfold and baby
Have you gotten your flu shot yet? For some, the flu shot is like a badge of honor. For others, it ranks right up there with having your car inspected. If you’re a holdout, you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that
Here’s how to get ready. You can do this.
Correctly doing the prep work for a colonoscopy can save your life. Yet, the process of cleansing your colon before the procedure frightens many patients. Perhaps they’ve heard inflated stories from friends or relatives about the amount of liquid th
Culpeper Medical Center, a Novant Health UVA Health System facility, strives to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare to the Culpeper community from a team of talented medical professionals. Here you can get to know one of our providers, Sheriff
You’re feeling sick; which one do you have?
It could get confusing if you become ill this fall and winter. COVID-19, the flu and a common cold are contagious respiratory illnesses that have similar symptoms. It can be difficult to tell the difference between them, based on symptoms alone.
A vaccination is important, especially for the very young
While the public is preoccupied with COVID-19, doctors are reminding parents that it is critical for children to get a flu shot – this year and every year. The flu vaccination can help protect children and prevent flu from spreading during a pandemic
Demystifying the annual breast screening process
Here is a harrowing statistic: One in eight women in the United States is at risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Society of Breast Imaging. The good news? Early screening with mammography detects breast cancer when it’s more likely cur
A Q&A on fibroids with Dr. Stephanie Spytek
Fibroids are typically benign (noncancerous) cellular growths in the uterus that can cause pain or bleeding, or pelvic pressure or heaviness. They are very common and often appear during a woman’s reproductive years.
There are relatively few side effects in most cases, but they can spark lots of questions
IUDs are quickly growing in popularity as a form of birth control in the United States. There are relatively few side effects in most cases, but they can spark lots of questions for women.
Straight talk from a neurologist about questionable claims
Many people turn to over-the-counter substances in hopes of boosting their memory. Do they work? Which ones are most helpful, if any? Hema Gajula, MD, a neurologist at Novant Health UVA Health System Neurology - Haymarket, answers questions about the
Ron Kunihiro shares his weeks-long battle with COVID-19
There are many uncertainties surrounding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but one thing is clear — the virus is not formulaic in how it affects people.
If you have children going back to school, make sure they are up-to-date on immunizations their school requires. Otherwise, they can’t enroll.
When Donna Staton joined Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center as its new president in December 2019, she brought with her more than two decades of experience in operations and management, all in the greater Culpeper region.
While patients have historically received all of their imaging services close to home at Culpeper Medical Center, a Novant Health UVA Health System facility, some insurance companies are refusing to reimburse patients who seek those services in a hos
Hospitals need doctors, surgeons and nurses to treat sick and injured patients. To operate effectively, they need administrators, faculty and staff. But behind the most successfully run hospitals, you can usually also find a team of hard-working volu
“Prostate cancer.” Two words no man ever wants to hear, yet approximately 175,000 cases are diagnosed in the United States each year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). The Virginia Department of Health reports that 6,200 of those diagno
In the coming weeks, more people will be heading out to restaurants, worship services and family gatherings. Donna Duerson, infection prevention and control manager at Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center, offers advice on staying