• Legislation Criminalizing Genital Mutilation Passes Senate Committee

    Legislation Criminalizing Genital Mutilation Passes Senate Committee

    More than 25,000 Girls and Women in Virginia May be At Risk State legislation to make female genital mutilation (FGM) of a minor a felony took a big step forward this week in the Virginia General Assembly. FGM is the ritual removal of part or all of the female genitalia, according to Equality Now.  It is typically performed in Africa, Asia

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  • Ask Dr. Mike: A “Maybe So, Maybe Not” New Year

    Ask Dr. Mike: A “Maybe So, Maybe Not” New Year

    A Parable and Some Thoughts for a Happy New Year. One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt compassion for the horse and desired to lift its burden. So he left his horse loose to go the mountains and live out the

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  • CDC Grant to Help Loudoun Fight Childhood Obesity

    CDC Grant to Help Loudoun Fight Childhood Obesity

    Loudoun County is one of the most affluent counties in the country, yet the childhood obesity rate among low-income residents is almost double the national average. A two-year $140,000 grant was awarded to the Loudoun County Health Department in April, and Dr. Sina Gallo, a professor in George Mason University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, has started

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  • Santa Visits Children at Inova Loudoun Hospital

    Santa Visits Children at Inova Loudoun Hospital

    Less than two weeks before Christmas, Santa Clause traded in his sleigh for a helicopter and made a special visit to Inova Loudoun Hospital Dec 14. Escorted by the PHI Air Medical AirCare 3 helicopter, Santa landed at the hospital’s helipad as several delighted children watched from the window. He later visited the Pediatric Emergency

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  • Local Effort Hopes to Ease Homelessness Over Holidays

    Local Effort Hopes to Ease Homelessness Over Holidays

    It’s easy to overlook housing as a real problem for many Loudoun resident when living in one of the most affluent places in the country. Beverley Cross McCauley is hoping to ease some of the struggles faced by homeless young people and share holiday cheer in the process. One of McCauley’s sons suffered a serious

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  • Inova Loudoun Announces $5 Million Gift

    Inova Loudoun Announces $5 Million Gift

    On Nov. 29, Inova Loudoun Hospital announced a $5 million donation from Fred, Karen and Bobbi Schaufeld for the medical center’s Heart and Vascular Institute. The gift is the largest single cash gift ever donated in the 104-year history of Inova Loudoun and the largest contribution to any of Inova’s five cardiac care centers. The

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