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Study finds migraine sufferers are stigmatized

Those who experience migraines have to deal with a lot more than pain. It turns out many migraine sufferers ache in silence, due to the stigma attached to the headaches.

Friday - 07/19/2013, 04:35am EDT

Tags: migraine, migraines, paula wolfson, Headaches, stigma, Dr. Simon Fishman, Integrated Neurology Services in Northern Virginia

When should you take exercise inside?

Through the heat and the haze of the Washington region, you can spot some hardcore fitness fanatics running, walking, cycling or playing golf or tennis outside. But there comes a time when it's best to take physical activity inside.

Wednesday - 07/17/2013, 08:33am EDT

Tags: heat, exercise, heat index, paula wolfson, City Fitness Gym

Many area African-Americans seek 'a healing place'

The not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial touched a raw nerve for many in the African-American community. The morning after the acquittal, they sought solace at church.

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:15am EDT

Tags: Trayvon Martin, Hillcrest Heights, paula wolfson, Community of Hope, church

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MedSTAR Transport: Saving lives in Washington area for 30 years

Thirty years ago, the helicopters in the small MedSTAR Transport fleet would land near accident scenes, stabilize the victims and then get them to a trauma care center. Today, a MedSTAR helicopter patient is more likely to be someone who is in critical condition at a small community hospital and in dire need of life-saving, specialized care.

Monday - 07/15/2013, 04:39am EDT

Tags: MedSTAR 1, MedSTAR Transport, medevac, trauma, paula wolfson, Natalie Tomlin, helicopter

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Summer heat can be dangerous to breathe

The summer weather is uncomfortable for most people in the Washington area, but for those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, the season can be downright dangerous.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 10:48am EDT

Tags: air pollution, summer, respiratory illness, paula wolfson, air, health

Heat, anti-inflammatory drugs are dangerous mix

Combining over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs with hot-weather exercise or alcoholic beverages can have serious implications for your kidneys.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 05:04am EDT

Tags: anti-inflammatory drugs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAID, Dr. Stuart Seides, paula wolfson

National Mall's Fourth of July alcohol ban a boon for holiday safety

The National Mall's Fourth of July alcohol ban is helping keep the local emergency rooms less hectic on the holiday.

Thursday - 07/04/2013, 04:58am EDT

Tags: paula wolfson, alcohol, National Mall, Fourth of July, fireworks, Dr. Robert Shesser, George Washington University Hospital, US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Protect against food poisoning at your next cookout

Food is a central component to many Fourth of July celebrations. And cooking and eating outside in the sunny summer weather is a popular way to enjoy the holiday. But this can mean trouble. Food that sits in the heat too long can be a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes food poisoning.

Wednesday - 07/03/2013, 09:18am EDT

Tags: cookout, grilling, july 4th, paula wolfson, food, sick, food poisoning, Fourth of July, diarrhea

Study: Avatars encourage women to lose weight

Researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services say a computer-generated figure - or avatar - can serve as an alter ego for dieters, enabling them to gain the skills necessary to drop pounds.

Monday - 07/01/2013, 03:58am EDT

Tags: weight loss, george washington university, Melissa Napolitano, Journal of Diabetes and Science and Technology, paula wolfson, dieting, avatar

Taking too many NSAIDs could cause heart trouble

To many people, they are wonder drugs, but a class of common painkillers can do real damage when used to excess.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 04:39am EDT

Tags: paula wolfson, ibuprofen, painkiller, medicine, Washington Hospital Center, Stuart Seides

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