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Advancing Digestive Disease Detection and Care

The Western lifestyle has contributed to a higher incidence of digestive tract diseases. Our medical specialists discuss the latest approaches in treating three common digestive conditions – ulcerative colitis, food allergies, and rectal cancer.

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Helping Patients Breathe Easier

Learn about the latest diagnostic and treatment approaches for two common conditions that affect your patients’ ability to breathe – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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Connected Health and the Internet of Things

Bringing you the latest on mobile healthcare technology from this year’s Connected Health Conference, we explain the Internet of Things (IoT), describe a new smoking cessation app called SmokeBeat that identifies in real time when users are smoking, and explore an app developed by a local physician for diagnosing and treating concussions.

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A Champion for a Healthier Virginia

In addition to spending three to four days per week practicing pediatric neurology, and serving as the medical director of Edmarc Hospice for Children, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam has pushed an ambitious healthcare agenda, as he describes in this interview.

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Using Evidence-Based Healthcare Design To Make Buildings Work for Patients

Evidence-based medical practice began in the 1970s, but it wasn’t until 2006 that evidence-based design was introduced to facility guidelines to begin basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes. Chase Brexton Health Service’s Clinic is an example of this approach, with exam rooms designed through extensive research to maintain client privacy, provide interaction between various medical service providers and save time and resources.

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Bariatric Surgery: Safe and Effective

Barry Greene, MD, FACS, FASMBS, medical director of Bariatric Surgery at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and a surveyor for the MBSAQIP, describes how bariatric surgery overwhelmingly has been proven to be effective and safe when performed at an MBSAQIP-accredited center. He describes the case of a 66 year old man whose BMI went from 54 to 29 following bariatric surgery, and advocates for offering bariatric surgery to suitable patients who have not achieved and maintained significant weight and comorbidity improvement with nonsurgical treatment.

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