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What Vaccinations and Tests Are Needed at What Age?

Starting Your Year Out RightAdvice for all ages from pediatrician Pedro Sarmiento, MD, and internist Lauren Williams, MDNo matter your age, when it comes to starting 2017 off the right way, physicians agree on the three most important measures you can take to jumpstart your health in the New Year.  We have asked MedStar pediatrician Pedro Sarmiento, MD, and internist and pediatric specialist Lauren Williams, MD, for their best advice for starting your year out RIGHT.The first theme cited by both physicians was eating healthy.  “You should start off the year committed to a well-balanced, healthy diet,” said Williams.  “If…

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How to Avoid Winter-Related ER Visits

Emergency Department Physician Sonja Devaul, MD, Advises Area ResidentsEach winter, many Emergency Departments across the country see admissions for common winter conditions and emergencies caused by drops in temperature.  Falls on ice are common, particularly when ice forms that is difficult to see, and elderly people more easily break bones in falls. Emergency Department (ED) physicians also see patients who over-exert themselves shoveling, says ED physician Sonja Devaul, MD, who advises anyone out shoveling to take breaks, restrain themselves from overdoing an activity when they are not used to strenuous exercise, and to stay hydrated. Other common problems that bring patients into…

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Dietitian Michael Booth on Healthy Eating

There’s no disputing the proof that Michael Booth knows what he’s talking about when it comes to healthy eating.  His “before body,” one hundred pounds heavier than his “after body,” means he not only practices what he preaches and knows the best tips having tried them himself, but he also can empathize with patients struggling to become healthier by making better food choices.  The Howard graduate in Nutritional Sciences and registered dietician offers the following tips: Consult your doctor before beginning any new eating and exercise pattern. Set small, reasonable goals. Rather than trying to lose a great deal of…

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MedStar Southern Maryland Welcomes New Neurosurgeon Steven Spitz, MD

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center welcomes new neurosurgeon, Steven Spitz, MD.  Dr. Spitz joins doctors Anaizi, Sandhu and Voyadzis in a neurosurgery practice that treats the full spectrum of brain and spine cases.  Dr. Spitz will perform procedures that include spine oncology, minimally invasive spine surgery, nerve decompression surgery, nerve reconstruction surgery, cervical disc arthroplasty and laminoplasty and cervical, thoracic and lumbar surgeries.  Prior to joining MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Dr. Spitz completed a Spine Fellowship at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia, where he honed his treatment philosophy. “I believe healthcare decisions should be a collaboration between myself and…

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