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Up the veggies at each meal

By Rita P. Smith, MS, RD, CDE Vegetables should be the nutritional foundation to your family menus since they are jam-packed with vitamins (beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folic acid), minerals (potassium, iron, and calcium), disease-fighting phytochemicals and dietary fiber. And bonus – vegetables come with almost no sodium, fat or cholesterol and have very few … Continue Reading

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Pipeline device offers minimally invasive brain aneurysm treatment

It is estimated that 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm – that’s 1 in 50 people. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, a brain aneurysm ruptures every 18 minutes and 40% of these cases are fatal. Of those who survive, about 66 percent suffer some permanent neurological deficit. What is an aneurysm? … Continue Reading


Backpack 101: Fitting and safety precautions

The new school year is upon us, which means that many parents and students have already started their back-to-school shopping. In addition to the all important decision of what clothes to buy, one is also faced with the important decision of which backpack to buy. It is an important decision because, according to the American Physical … Continue Reading


Adults need vaccines, too

When it comes to getting vaccinated, it’s easy to think about childhood vaccinations, boosters and back-to-school shots. But little do adults realize that keeping their vaccinations current is a big part of staying healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tens of thousands of adults are hospitalized and even die as … Continue Reading


Let’s Talk About ALS


By Andy Galbreath, DO Sentara Neurology Specialists and Sentara ALS Clinic This “Ice Bucket Challenge” has certainly brought awareness to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), but how much do we really know about the disease? Let’s start by sharing what ALS is. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive disease of … Continue Reading


Are vaccines safe?


By LaTonya Russell, MD Sentara Pediatric Physicians Vaccinations, like any other medications, may have side effects.  Fortunately, the most common side effects are non-life threatening and short-lived. Almost all vaccines can cause pain, redness or tenderness at the site of injection. These types of reactions typically resolve in the first 24-48 hours.   Some vaccines cause … Continue Reading


Vaccinations and your child


By LaTonya Russell, MD Sentara Pediatric Physicians So, you’ve had your precious little one, and there are lots and lots of questions. Fortunately, there are lots of answers for you, some good ones and some not so good ones. There is a lot of information easily accessible via the Internet. Although the Internet can be … Continue Reading


Dizziness and BPPV: What you should know


Have you ever felt like the room was spinning when you were standing still? Dizziness can be scary and sometimes easily written off as standing up too fast or feeling lightheaded. However, feeling dizzy can be the side effect of many things, and one treatable condition that may be responsible is BPPV. What is BPPV? BPPV stands for benign … Continue Reading


Don’t let ticks take a bite out of your summer


Summer is here and it’s time for some outdoor fun. But before you enjoy a long hike, embark on a family camping trip or even spend some time in your garden or yard, remember to protect yourself from ticks – and other unexpected guests that may be lurking outdoors! Ticks, in particular, can attach to any … Continue Reading


Could it be heat illness?


By Scott Allyn, Sentara Therapy Services Heat illness happens when your body becomes overheated and is not able to cool itself. Water is the key to the body’s cooling system. Sweat, produced on the skin, evaporates and cools the body down. In an ideal world, this happens very quickly. Factors like outdoor temperatures, humidity and … Continue Reading

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