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Val Jones, M.D.

Dr. Val Jones is an award-winning author and blogger, a regular guest on ABC News, and CEO of Better Health. She also sees patients part time at DocTalker Family Medicine in Vienna, V.A.

Articles by Val Jones, M.D.

Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Promoting Healthy Sleep for Kids Healthy sleep is important for children’s physical, intellectual and social growth and development. Performance at school, in sports and at home can be influenced by a child’s sleep patterns. Additionally, children who get an insufficient amount of sleep are more likely to become obese. Therefore, it’s very important to help […]

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Common Stomach & Intestinal Problems in Children and Adolescents

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Common Stomach & Intestinal Problems in Children and Adolescents Children’s abdominal complaints have many potential causes, most of which are not dangerous, but some (such as appendicitis) can be life threatening. For this reason, all belly problems should be monitored closely and treated with care. To help parents determine the best course of action when […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Decoding the Symptoms: Common Colds vs. Allergies It’s that time of the year again. Pollen levels around the country are rapidly increasing at the same time that some of my patients are catching cold viruses at the tail-end of winter. How can you tell if your runny nose and watery eyes are a result of […]

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Decoding the Symptoms: Influenza

By: Val Jones, M.D.

Decoding the Symptoms: Influenza What causes the flu? Every year, 5 to 20% of Americans become sick with the flu. This illness is caused by a highly contagious family of influenza (“flu”) viruses that live in human respiratory droplets and are transmitted from person to person through the air and on surfaces that have been […]

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