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Practice Safe Diving to Prevent Spine, Neck Injuries

As temperatures soar throughout South Hampton Roads and families seek relief in swimming pools, lakes and the ocean,  spine specialists nationwide are urging families to practice safe diving skills to avoid neck and spine injuries. “Everyone needs to be trained to dive safely,” said orthopaedic surgeon Brett A. Taylor, MD, a spokesman for the American Academy […]

Proper Hygiene Helps Prevent Enterovirus Infection

Widespread media reports about a virus sending children to the hospital for breathing problems have alarmed parents nationwide. More than 470 people across 41 states, including Virginia, and the District of Columbia have been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by Enterovirus D68 from mid-August to Sept. 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Avoiding Gluten Key to Treating Celiac Disease

Fatigue. Abdominal pain. Diarrhea. People who have celiac disease can experience a number of symptoms and complications when they eat foods that contain gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. “If you have celiac disease, it’s important to always read food labels carefully so you can avoid gluten,” said Dr. Brian Sullivan, […]

Exercise Cuts Risk of Breast Cancer

It doesn’t matter how old a woman is, how much she weighs or where she lives – exercising regularly can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. The more active a woman is, the better her chances are to avoid breast cancer, according to an analysis of multiple studies that involved more than 4 million […]

Prevent Skin Cancer All Year Long with Sunscreen, Hat

Although skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed nationwide, simple steps can help people reduce their risk. “The easiest way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin with clothing,” said Dr. Zoe D. Draelos, a board-certified dermatologist and consulting professor at Duke University School of Medicine. “Keep a wide-brimmed hat […]

Tobacco Use Remains Leading Preventable Cause of Death

It’s been 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health. That report made it clear that smoking causes cancer. Since then, health researchers have shown us that smoking isn’t just deadly for smokers but it also harms people exposed to second-hand smoke. Yet, 40 million adults and 3 million children smoke […]

Cancer Risk Lower in Women Adhering to Prevention Guidelines

Good news for women who follow medical guidelines to eat healthy and exercise to prevent cancer: It works. Not only did postmenopausal women who followed cancer prevention guidelines from the American Cancer Society have a lower risk for cancer incidence, but they also had a lower risk for death related to cancer, according to a […]

Need a Flu Shot?

The easiest way to get a flu shot is to call your primary care physician’s office for an appointment. Or you can try a local pharmacy. But if you’re having trouble finding available flu shots, federal health officials recommend trying this interactive vaccine finder. Although the following personal and community actions recommended by the Centers […]

Children with Food Allergies Face Bullying

Parents whose children have food allergies may want to make sure their children are not bullied at school for their food restrictions. A study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that as many as 31.5 percent of children with food allergies report being bullied – often with threats that involve food. In fact, these bullied […]

Make Leftovers Last

When you head home from the family Thanksgiving dinner, make sure any leftovers you take with you are safe to eat. Anything left at room temperature for more than two hours should be thrown away, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Leftovers should be refrigerated promptly. Need a little help from your smartphone? […]