Have a Healthy New Year: Take Advantage of Screenings

Resolve to protect your health this year by staying up to date with important health screenings and immunizations. A simple phone call to schedule an appointment with your primary health provider is the first step toward taking charge of your health. Screenings help detect illnesses and diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat. “It’s […]

Knee Pain In Middle Age: Start with X-Rays

If you’re one of the millions of people over 40 who has knee pain when walking up the stairs or every time it rains, you might think you need a MRI to discover what’s causing the problem. Here’s the good news: a simple X-ray may be all it takes. That’s because the likely culprit for […]

Simple Steps Help Prevent Falling, Injuries

The fear of falling for older Americans is a legitimate one. Falls are the leading case of fatal and non-fatal injuries among them. Every second, every day, an older adult falls – making falls the No. 1 cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Millions of Older Americans Not Getting Enough Exercise

More than 25 percent of Americans who are 50 or older do not exercise regularly and are physically inactive, according to a new federal health report. As a result, millions of people are missing out on many health-related benefits linked to staying active. Not only can physical activity reduce the risk of premature death, but […]

Locally Grown: Fall for Nutrition in Hampton Roads

Move over summer produce. Hampton Roads is about to deliver a nutritional knockout this fall with fresh oysters and locally grown fruits and vegetables. It’s one of the perks that come with living in a state that boasts eight oyster regions and one of the most diverse agricultural productions nationwide. From apples and asian pears […]

Trampoline Park Injuries, Emergency Room Visits Rising

As more families play at trampoline parks, the number of children heading to the emergency room for related injuries has soared, a new study shows. The most common injuries treated at the emergency room were for sprains and fractures. Serious injuries included open fractures and spinal cord injuries, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics. […]

Electronics Overuse May Cause Orthopaedic Injuries in Kids

Parents need to monitor the amount of time their children use technology to help them avoid hand and spine problems, a group of orthopaedic surgeons recommends. Whether it’s video games, the smart phone or the laptop, children who spend too much time using today’s technology are winding up with overuse injuries, according to the American Academy […]

Don’t Let Exercise Take a Holiday During Vacation

Many people just want to relax on vacation but if you want to stay fit and avoid gaining weight while you’re away, make exercise a part of your travel plans. It may also help you enjoy your trip a bit more. Exercise has been shown to help people sleep better and improve their mood, in […]

Owning a Dog May Help Seniors Improve Health and Weight

When it comes to improving your health and weight, your dog may be able to show you a few tricks. A new study finds that older adults who are also dog owners tend to be in better health from the bond they share with their canine companions. Not only do dog owners over the age […]

Lifting Weights May Help Older Adults Live Longer

Lifting weights can strengthen your bones and joints but a new study suggests another benefit – longevity. People over 65 who met strength-training guidelines at least twice a week lowered their odds of dying from any cause by 46 percent, according to a new analysis published in the journal Preventive Medicine. They also were 41 […]