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I’ve worked in Corporate Communications at Sentara Healthcare for the past 25 years. I am the editor of the Sentara Today blog, working behind the scenes to capture inspiring stories about our employees and patients. Currently, I am also working on Sentara Nurse, a new blog we just launched. I’ve had the opportunity to be closely involved in helping preserve our organization’s historical archives. In my spare time, when I am not blogging, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, reading, cooking, and practicing yoga as often as I can.

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Reduce breast cancer risk via diet

By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE This month, we’ve seen pink ribbons out and about to remind us of breast cancer and that it’s a treatable, beatable cancer if detected in its earliest stages. The stats: There will be 233,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer this year, and 62,500 new cases of carcinoma situ, … Continue Reading

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Let’s talk shoulder injury and repair

The shoulder is one of the body’s largest, most complex and most flexible joints. The shoulder is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) meets the scapula (shoulder blade). The humerus fits loosely into the joint, allowing a wide range of motion, but also making the shoulder vulnerable to injury. Because it’s one of the … Continue Reading

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Eat right and move along to keep your bones strong

By Dr. Wylie Lowery Family Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Northern Virginia As children, many of us were encouraged to eat certain foods because they would help make our bones strong. We were also probably cautioned from doing things that would cause them to break! However, children are not the only ones who need to … Continue Reading

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Men can get breast cancer, too

By Dr. Negar Golesorkhi Sentara Surgery Specialists Breast cancer is mainly a disease for women, however less than 1 percent of breast cases occur in men. There has been a slight increase in incidence of male breast cancer in the past decades without any improvement on the overall survival, unlike their female counterparts. The same advances … Continue Reading

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Breast cancer and lymphedema

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By Brianna Simmons Sentara Therapy Services Lymphedema is swelling of the arm, breast, trunk or leg from an accumulation of lymph fluid due to a change in the lymphatic or vascular system. Women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer (including removal of lymph nodes, chemotherapy and radiation) are at particular risk for developing lymphedema with … Continue Reading

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Five good reasons to get a mammogram

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By Dr. Kelley Allison Sentara Cancer Network It is that time of year again when pink is everywhere, from illuminated buildings to NFL football teams to the countless walks and runs across America. And despite all the media attention surrounding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women may be asking themselves, “Do I really need to have … Continue Reading

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Your guide to a stronger and healthier back

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By Dr. Raenell Williams Sentara Family Medicine Physicians Ever wonder where your strength really comes from? You probably think that it’s your arms – or maybe your legs. But, it’s actually your back! Your back stabilizes your body and is where the center of your strength originates. Unfortunately, though, chronic back pain is one of the … Continue Reading

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Limit your risk of breast cancer

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By Belinda Risher, RN, MS Sentara Cancer Network Certain lifestyle behaviors can increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Risk reduction means making choices to avoid or minimize any possible risk factors that you can. It also means increasing the protective factors in your life so your chances of developing breast cancer are lower. While … Continue Reading

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Do you need orthotics?

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By Kathryn Newsom PT, DPT, ATC Sentara Therapy Services Most of us have seen commercials and advertisements for shoe inserts, or seen them at the local drug or sporting goods store. They can be made of gel or cushion, come in all shapes and sizes and do many different things for those with a variety of … Continue Reading

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Parkinson’s Disease and Depression

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By Karen M. Thomas, DO Director, Comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Program Sentara Neurology Specialists With the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams last month, the national dialogue became filled with questions about Parkinson’s disease and depression. The connection between the two conditions, however, has a long history. Over the past 15 … Continue Reading

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