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One in 5 Youths Has Unhealthy Cholesterol, CDC Reports

Twenty percent of children in the United States who are over the age of 5 have unhealthy cholesterol levels, according to new federal health data. As a result, these children will likely be at greater risk for heart disease and stroke when they are adults, researchers wrote in a data brief by the federal Centers […]

CDC Urges Pregnant Women to Abstain from Alcohol

One in 10 women who are pregnant in the United States say they drank alcohol within the last 30 days, putting their babies and themselves at significant risk. Additionally, about one-third of those pregnant drinking mothers reported binge drinking – consuming four or more alcoholic beverages in one sitting. “We know that alcohol use during […]

Picky Eating May Indicate Anxiety, Depression in Some Kids, Study Finds

Children who are picky eaters may not only suffer from poor nutrition but also from serious childhood issues such as depression and anxiety, a new study finds. Although many parents see picky eating as a phase, a study from Duke Medicine finds moderate and severe picky eating often coincides with depression and anxiety, which may require […]

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 […]

Prevent Recreational Water Illnesses This Summer

This summer, make sure your children stay safe from norovirus and other germs when they go swimming or playing in creeks and lakes. Although norovirus usually infects children and their families during winter when they stay indoors, the stomach bug can contaminate pools and bodies of freshwater, according to the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Half of Infants Sleep in Soft Bedding, a Risk Factor for SIDS

About half of infants in the United States sleep in loose bedding with blankets and other soft objects that could pose a suffocation risk. A recent study of data collected from 1993 to 2010 found that although the use of blankets and bedding continues to decline, parents and caregivers are still putting infants to sleep […]

FDA Rules Make Calorie Counting Easier for Restaurant Patrons

Ever wonder how many calories are in a small movie theater popcorn? How about that pizza delivered to your house? Or that cupcake at the coffee shop? The mystery is about to end. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized two rules requiring calorie information to be listed on menus and menu boards in […]

Adjust Sleep Schedule Now to Prepare School-Bound Kids

As many families throughout South Hampton Roads prepare for the return of school Sept. 2, there’s one thing they can start doing now to ease the transition for themselves and their children: adjust their sleep schedule. Waking up early to catch the school bus or carpool to school after a summer of sleeping in can feel […]

Warm Weather Checklist for Tidewater Moms

With warm weather and springtime just around the corner, it’s time to get your family ready to handle the sun, sand and surf of Hampton Roads. Though warm weather can certainly have health benefits by inspiring more physical activities and improving your mood, it can also pose risks. Follow the checklist below so you can […]

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 […]