Living Well Blog

September 6, 2018
Have you heard about at-home kits that screen your genes for disease risk? All you do is send off a saliva sample to a company to find out whether you’re genetically predisposed to get certain illnesses. Doctors having been ordering genetic health-risk tests for years. What’s new is your ability… See more
By Janet Tiberian
July 23, 2018
Stress, anxiety and depression play a big part in the American culture. Sixty-one percent of Americans are stressed over work. A little over 18 percent of Americans have an anxiety disorder and 13 percent are taking antidepressants. It’s important to get these issues under control — they can affect… See more
July 17, 2018
As a family physician in Alexandria, Virginia, I’m routinely asked by patients, “What should I eat to lower my cholesterol?” It’s an important question. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance in all your cells. When you have too much of it, it can stick to the lining of your blood vessels,… See more
By Janet Tiberian
June 8, 2018
Gut health is a relatively new line of research. As more and more studies are published, experts realize that gut microbiota function like an organ. And like other organs, it’s affected by what you ingest. While you’re probably aware your diet can affect biomes, you may not have thought about… See more
December 28, 2017
Not sure when you should get vaccinated as an adult? Use this chart as a guide, but always ask your primary care physician about which vaccines you should get and when.
By Sean Kelley
December 28, 2017
Each year, millions of Americans ask that question – and more than half the adult population say, “no.” That’s right. Only about 40 percent of Americans get the flu vaccine every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite the fact that it’s the best protection… See more
December 28, 2017
Depending on factors including age, health conditions, lifestyle and whether you travel internationally, adults need immunization protection against these diseases.   Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) if you have not had a Tdap vaccine Shingles (60 yrs. and older) Hepatitis B… See more
December 28, 2017
Nobody likes getting vaccines. But the conditions they protect against can be really nasty. Consider pertussis or whooping cough. Although most people think of whooping cough as a disease affecting young children and infants, it can affect adults, causing pneumonia and hospitalization. Plus, adults… See more
December 28, 2017

Travel Immunizations by Country

Check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website’s Traveler’s Health section for a complete A-Z of destinations and the required and recommended vaccinations needed by type of traveler – from… See more
By Janet Tiberian
December 19, 2017
As the days shorten during the winter, the longer spans of darkness may leave you feeling a little down, even gloomy. This is known as the “winter blues” or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  What’s seasonal affective disorder? Psychology Today sums it up as a form of episodic depression… See more
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