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CDC: Zika Virus Infection Can Cause Birth Defects

Federal health officials are urging women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to areas where Zika virus is actively spreading because increasing evidence shows it is a definite and direct cause of serious birth defects including microcephaly. Zika virus disease is spread primarily to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Pregnant […]

Water on the Knee Could Signal Lyme Disease

People who have spontaneous knee effusion – commonly referred to as “water on the knee” – may need to be tested for Lyme disease. Water on the knee can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease even if the person doesn’t have the typical bull’s eye rash – another Lyme disease symptom. If caught early, […]

CDC Urges Life-Saving Treatment for Tickborne Diseases in Kids

Federal health authorities are urging doctors to rethink how they treat children for tickborne diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). Physicians have been relunctant to prescribe doxycycline – the most effect RMSF treatment – for young children because the drug’s warning label cautions that tooth staining may be a side effect for kids under […]

Health Officials Urge Measles Vaccinations

In response to a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak of measles, federal health authorities are urging doctors to make sure their patients are properly vaccinated. Since the beginning of the year, 141 people from 17 states and Washington D.C. have reported having measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these cases – […]

Subtle Signs of Celiac Disease in Adults

This blog was contributed by Dr. Pramod Malik of Gastroenterology Associates of Tidewater and the Bon Secours Digestive Health Institute. If you have Celiac disease, it means you are allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. About 1 of about 140 people, mostly Caucasians, have Celiac disease. When your body […]

Vaccination Helps Prevent Painful Shingles

Many people had chicken pox when they were kids. Unfortunately, this puts them at risk for shingles – a skin rash and nerve disease – that’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Although shingles usually affects adults after they turn 50, it can strike at any age, according to the National Institutes of Health. Once the […]

Measles Cases Reach 20-Year High

Federal health authorities are urging people to make sure they are properly vaccinated to prevent measles before traveling this summer. The recommendation comes on the heels of new data, which show that measles cases in the United States have reached a 20-year high. Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the federal […]

Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme Disease

Nearly 95 percent of Lyme disease cases in 2012 occurred in 13 states. Virginia was one of them. The good news is that Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics if patients seek medical care in the early stages, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As many of us in South […]

Update Shingles Vaccine

If you’re at least 60 years old, make sure you ask your doctor about getting the shingles vaccine, which is effective for at least six years. Studies show the vaccine can cut the risk of shingles by 51 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s most effective in adults between the […]

Measles Outbreaks Prompts CDC Alert

International travelers may want to check their vaccine records. Twelve recent outbreaks of measles have occurred this year from people who weren’t vaccinated traveling to and from countries where large outbreaks have been occurring, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a CDC Health Advisory, federal authorities are urging people to check […]