Sarah Ruppert, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor and co-manager of the cancer genetics program at the Inova Translational Medicine Institute. Inova is the official breast cancer awareness partner of the Washington Redskins. Read Sarah Ruppert’s profile.
Genetic testing has become an important part of medicine, and new tests for cancer-related genes are developed every year. If you’re wondering whether you should get tested, the answers to these common questions might help.
1. What can a genetic test tell me?
Genetic testing isn’t a crystal ball. It can’t tell you if or when you’ll ... Read More
Robert A. Cohen, MD, is board certified in surgery and fellowship trained in surgical oncology. He specializes in breast surgery and is a member of the Inova Medical Group’s Breast Cancer Program, the official breast cancer awareness partner of the Washington Redskins. Read Dr. Cohen’s profile.
Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening. However, as I tell my patients, most women live long, healthy lives in spite of their cancer. In fact, 89.7 percent of women with breast cancer survive five years or more after their diagnosis, according to the latest data from the National Cancer ... Read More
09.14.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes
Spice up any meal at any time of the day with these incredible ‘Salmon Cakes’! Salmon Cakes can be paired with grits for breakfast and brunch, an appetizer for your next dinner party or beside potatoes on your dinner plate. Check out this recipe for an easy tasty solution to a Salmon craving!
2 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, crumbled, bacon fat reserved
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 lemon, zested
1 (14-ounce) can wild salmon, checked for large bones
1 baked or boiled ... Read More
When discussing anti-aging regimens, one of the best and most effective way to combat wrinkles is to build collagen. A new method to do so is with micro-needling. Micro-needling is the use of a hand-held device (such as the Collagen Pin) that has small needles at the tip, similar to acupuncture type needles. These needles penetrate the skin at varying depths, depending upon the area treated or what is treated (scars vs wrinkles). As these micro punctures heal, they promote collagen formation from the healing process, as well as reshaping the superficial layers of the skin-similar to a fractionated laser ... Read More
07.06.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Local Lifestyle
We all know the best kind of exercise is the kind that is so fun you don’t even realize you’re doing it! Summer in the DMV area provides countless opportunities to get outside, get moving, and get some vitamin D. Check out these great outdoor activities!
D.C. is home to some of the most scenic lakes and harbors on the east coast and while paddleboard and kayak rentals do generally cost money, it is a relatively cheap way to get active get some sun and have some fun.
If you prefer to keep your ... Read More
06.29.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Drinking water is the most obvious and important way to stay hydrated, but many of the foods you may (or may not) eat can help you stay hydrated too! Add or increase foods with high water content to your diet. For example:
- Skim Milk
- Green Cabbage
- Bell Peppers
It is also crucial to avoid foods that will dehydrate you. Especially in situation where you know you may be in heat or without water for an extended amount of time. Here are dehydrating foods and drinks to avoid in that scenario: Read More
- Soda (especially diet ...
06.22.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Have you ever been in the gym and that perfect song came on that powered you through the last 5 minutes of your workout??? I have! And let me tell you how the right music is so important to most people's workouts. It can make your 30 minute jog drag on for eternity or have you dancing your way through your workout as if you could do it all day long! Research has consistently proved that music distracts people from pain and fatigue, elevates mood, increases endurance, reduces perceived effort and may even promote metabolic efficiency ... Read More
On June 15, the Washington Redskins announced the addition of Robin West, MD as the new Director of Sports Medicine.
This makes Dr. West the first female head physician in the NFL and one of only two female head orthopedic surgeons in the league. Dr. West also serves as the Lead Team Physician for the Washington Nationals, making her the only head female physician in Major League Baseball.
Dr. West is a board-certified orthopedics and sports medicine surgeon with more than 14 years of clinical experience, including experience as a team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the University of Pittsburgh ... Read More
06.15.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Yes, we are in the month of June. That means we're halfway through the year. (Sounds crazy right?) How are you doing on those health and fitness resolutions you set 6 months ago? Although you may be a little jaded by the lack of accomplishing going on, I may have an idea to get you back on track by tracking your trekking. Setting goals for how many steps you want to take throughout the day is a great way to meet those health and fitness resolutions. But how do we take the steps (pun intended) to ... Read More
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