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Spring Allergies Got You Feeling Down? Find Out What Primary Care Physician Laura Riggins, MD, Recommends To Find Relief

If Past Attempts at Relief Haven’t Worked, Don’t be Afraid to Try New Treatment Regimen For spring allergy sufferers, this time of year means the return of runny noses, congestion, sinus pressure, sneezing, dry coughing, headaches and itchy, red eyes.According to the Allergy Foundation of America, researchers believe 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, affecting as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. The residents of Southern Maryland may be particularly at risk for spring allergies, as this area of the country contains a large population of allergy-causing birch, cedar and pine trees.Actions taken…

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OB/GYN Meghan Malentacchi, MD, FACOG, Joins MedStar Southern Maryland

Dr. Meghan Malentacchi, the newest OB/GYN to join MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, brings with her experience using the latest in robotic surgery technology, having learned how to perform this less-invasive surgery that has the benefit of shortening recovery times after procedures. She also brings with her experience serving in the military at the Malcolm Grow Medical Center at nearby Joint Base Andrews.“In the military, we were expected to be hands-on from the start,” said Dr. Malentacchi. “We were also taught it’s always important to develop close relationships with our patients, particularly since OB/GYNs deal with very personal questions, and because…

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New 'Constellation' Machine Expands Eye Surgery Capability

The recent purchase of an Alcon Surgical Instruments Constellation machine has brought the latest technology in eye surgery to MedStar Southern Maryland.The Constellation machine, which replaces two twelve year-old machines, can perform both traditional and laser surgeries to repair eye conditions from cataracts to retinal detachments, as well as repairs of eye damage caused by hypertension and diabetes. One impressive statistic that illustrates the improvement the Constellation brings to our hospital is the amount of cuts per minute. The former machines cut tissue at a rate of 2,500 cuts per minute, whereas the new machine has the capacity to cut at…

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New Emergency Services Ambassador Brings Extra Care to Families

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center's New Emergency Department Liaison Helps Emergency Department Patients and Families Navigate their Visit with CareAngela Green, MedStar Southern Maryland ED LiaisonIf you go through the stressful, upsetting experience of having a loved one rushed to the Emergency Department (ED), you would hope to be greeted by someone like Angela Green, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center's new ED Liaison. Her job is to introduce herself to family members, explain what is going on while the patient is being treated, make sure they understand each step, answer any questions they have and give regular updates as they wait…

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