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Stay Healthy During Holiday Travels

The stranger you sit next to this holiday season for your flight home might be perfectly healthy, but the surfaces that surround you both can be teeming with cold and flu viruses. Without a doubt, the germs lurking on every plane and train and in every station and airport can wreak havoc on your holiday […]

Managing Type 2 Diabetes Never Takes a Holiday

By Nicole Anderson, Registered Dietitian It’s getting to be that time of year again – the time for holiday parties, socializing with family and friends, and lots of eating and drinking. It is easy for anyone to feel out of control with their diet when they’re constantly surrounded by tasty food and treats. However, if […]

Grieving During the Holidays: Coping Strategies Can Help

For someone who’s grieving the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be especially hard. The time we take as Americans to surround ourselves with family and friends to celebrate being grateful is a painful reminder that not everyone we love is able to sit with us at the Thanksgiving table. In fact, if […]

Protect Your Newborn from the Flu: Get Vaccinated

Women who are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, should talk to their doctor about getting a flu shot. A flu shot not only helps protect a woman from getting influenza during pregnancy, it also provides important protection for her newborn. Pregnant women can get vaccinated for the flu during any trimester of their pregnancy, […]

Health Screenings Needed to Curb STD Rise

Sexually transmitted diseases are affecting more people than ever, hitting a record high, national statistics show. More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2016, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a sobering reminder that anyone who is sexually active should be […]

Flu Shot Myths Put Everyone At Risk

Despite widespread evidence that flu shots help protect people from getting sick, many still refuse to roll up their sleeves. If you’re one of those who question whether flu vaccines really work, chances are you’ve heard some of the widespread myths that seem to start circulating every fall. Sharon Budniak Reed, MD, a board-certified internal […]

Early Detection Key to Breast Cancer Treatment

Early detection remains the best weapon in the fight against breast cancer. When cancer is detected early, it improves your chances for successful treatment. The three ways to screen for breast cancer are mammograms, clinical breast exams and magnetic resonance imaging – a test for women who have a family history of breast cancer, certain […]

Artificial Sweeteners May Sabotage Weight Loss Efforts

If you’re trying to lose weight, you should be cutting down your sugar intake. Weight-loss experts recommend eating no more than 25 grams of sugar in a day for women and 34 grams for men. It’s not easy when you consider that 25 grams is roughly six teaspoons of sugar and the average person eats […]

Physical Therapy Helps Many Reach Better Health

Physical therapy helps thousands of people every year recover from surgery. It also helps many avoid surgery in the first place. Indeed, physical therapy offers several health benefits. A diverse health care practice, physical therapy prevents pain and injuries while promoting health and mobility. Physical therapy programs also help people who have concussions, sports injuries, […]

Ticks: Fight the Bite Year-Round

In Hampton Roads, ticks love to bite spring, summer and fall. They’ll keep biting in the winter, too, if the temperatures are above freezing. While there are several tick-borne diseases in Virginia, the two most common are Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Black-legged ticks – formerly known as “deer […]