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Can Antibiotics Cure Your Back Pain? Researchers Say "Maybe"!

Can Antibiotics Cure Your Back Pain? Researchers Say "Maybe"!

McLean, VA - June 17, 2013 – New research from the University of Denmark indicates that 20 to 40% of all chronic, lower back pain is caused by bacterial infection and that treating this infection with an extended course of antibiotics can help many patients avoid back surgery.

Said Dr. Gary Kaplan, the founder and director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean, Virginia, “As a physician who cares for patients with chronic, low back pain, I am thrilled about this news!  Although surgery is necessary and effective for some patients, far too often we see patients who still suffer from chronic, low back pain even after undergoing surgery.  Learning that a bacterial infection may be the culprit in some of these cases gives us a very promising treatment option to explore.”

Jeffery Ericksen, MD, Regenerative Medicine Specialist, Joins the Kaplan Center in McLean, VA

Jeffery Ericksen, MD, Regenerative Medicine Specialist, Joins the Kaplan Center in McLean, VA

McLean, VA - June 11, 2013 – “Jeffery Ericksen, MD, an expert in regenerative medicine, joined the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine team, effective June 6, 2013,” announced Dr. Gary Kaplan, founder and director of the Center in McLean, VA.

Before joining the Kaplan Center, Dr. Ericksen served at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital as an Attending Physician and as the Director of the Hospital’s Interventional Pain Clinic and Polytrauma Network Site.  Dr. Ericksen also is holds an Associate Professorship at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical College’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  He has won numerous awards for excellence in teaching and for contributions to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

DR. PALUVOI to PROVIDE FREE ASTHMA SCREENINGS, MAY 30 and MAY 31 in GAINESVILLE and LEESBURG

DR. PALUVOI to PROVIDE FREE ASTHMA SCREENINGS, MAY 30 and MAY 31 in GAINESVILLE and LEESBURG

 

 

In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, locally renowned pediatric allergist, Srinagesh Paluvoi, M.D. of Allergy and Asthma Affiliates of Gainesville and Leesburg, Va. is hosting free asthma screenings on Thurs., May 30 at LA Fitness at 1490 Classic Path Way, SE and Fri., May 31 at the Gainesville Sports & Health Club at 7201 Heritage Village Plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the health clubs. The screenings are open to adults and children and no appointment is necessary. Call 703.729.8830 or visit www.vasneezers.com for more information.

DR. PALUVOI to PROVIDE FREE ASTHMA SCREENINGS, MAY 30 and MAY 31 in GAINESVILLE and LEESBURG

DR. PALUVOI to PROVIDE FREE ASTHMA SCREENINGS, MAY 30 and MAY 31 in GAINESVILLE and LEESBURG

 

 

In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, locally renowned pediatric allergist, Srinagesh Paluvoi, M.D. of Allergy and Asthma Affiliates of Gainesville and Leesburg, Va. is hosting free asthma screenings on Thurs., May 30 at LA Fitness at 1490 Classic Path Way, SE and Fri., May 31 at the Gainesville Sports & Health Club at 7201 Heritage Village Plaza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the health clubs. The screenings are open to adults and children and no appointment is necessary. Call 703.729.8830 or visit www.vasneezers.com for more information.

What’s Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

What’s Your Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?

 

Last week Angelina Jolie astonished most of us by announcing that she had undergone a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery as a way of minimizing her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  In sharing her story with the public, she explained that her mother had died of breast cancer at the age of 56, and that she, Angelina, had inherited a “faulty” BRCA-1 gene, leading her doctors to conclude that she had a very high risk of developing the disease (about 87 percent). 

According to Dr. Lisa Lilienfield of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine in McLean VA,  By sharing her story, Angelina offered each of us an excellent opportunity to reflect upon our own health situation and options.  If you have a strong history of breast cancer in your immediate family and are concerned about your own genetic risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, you may want to seek genetic counseling with a specialist.”

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

“Dance Your Heart Out” Campaign Raises Money For American Heart Association

In honor of National Heart Month, Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. is featuring their “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign, offering unlimited adult dance and mind/body classes throughout February for a special price of $110. And MFAC will donate 10 percent of all “Dance Your Heart Out class fees to the American Heart Association. Schedules can be viewed at www.metrofinearts.com. Classes are available at Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. locations.

MFAC’s “Dance Your Heart Out” campaign includes all adult dance, yoga and MetroBarre classes. A regular adult class fee is 10 classes for $130. The February “Dance Your Heart Out” program provides unlimited adult class access at a significantly discounted set fee of $110 with 10 percent donated to the American Heart Association.

BARRE CLASSES NOW OFFERED at METRO FINE ARTS-FIRST CLASS IS FREE

BARRE CLASSES NOW OFFERED at METRO FINE ARTS-FIRST CLASS IS FREE

Mind/body fitness programs are popular workouts, and now Metropolitan Fine Arts Center (MFAC) is teaching the ground-breaking program of Metro Barre, combining the best of ballet barre, yoga and Pilates into a comprehensive workout of isometric exercises to build leaner muscles. MFAC offers the first class for free. Call 703.339.0444 or visit www.metrofinearts.com for class schedules.

“Metro Barre is the perfect mix of core and strength training, blended with the barre training that until now, was only used in dance instruction,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and executive director of Metropolitan Fine Arts Center of Alexandria and Fairfax Station, Va. “Celebrities, athletes, men and women, young and old are trading in their Pilates and yoga routines for barre fitness classes--it’s a transformational workout that delivers fast, effective and long lasting results,” said Dobbs.