Williamsburg soccer coach says early proper training can prevent later concussions

Female high school soccer players ( Courtesy of Google Images)

Female high school athletes – especially soccer players — face a higher risk of concussions than their male counterparts. These are the findings of recent study presented during the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons. One explanation for the finding might be because girls’ neck muscles are less developed than boys’, so […]

Sentara Williamsburg fighting in-hospital infections with copper

Based on a recent clinical trial at Norfolk’s Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg will begin using anti-microbial copper-infused sheets, gowns, bed handrails and bedside tables. (Courtesy Sentara)

Patients at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center will be seeing copper this year. Based on a recent clinical trial at Norfolk’s Sentara Leigh Hospital, Sentara Williamsburg will begin using anti-microbial copper-infused sheets, gowns, bed handrails and bedside tables, Sentara said in a release. The copper-infused linens come in tan and salmon colors. The move comes in […]

‘It’s bad right now:’ Early spring jumpstarts allergies, local doctor says

Flowers are already releasing pollen -- a rite of spring that arrived early this year in the Historic Triangle. (file photo)

At first, maybe you thought it was a cold. Sneezing. Sniffling. Runny eyes. But even with the first day of spring roughly a week away, you could be suffering from seasonal allergies. Along with February’s warm temperatures and early spring blossoms, tree pollen emerged several weeks ahead of schedule in the Historic Triangle, according to Williamsburg allergist Dr. […]

‘It can get everybody:’ Local doctor diagnoses up to 15 cases of skin cancer daily

The most preventable cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, either from the sun or from artificial sources like tanning beds, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (file photo)

It’s a potentially disfiguring cancer. It can be deadly. And screening for it doesn’t generally require high-tech scans or anesthesia, just a trip to the dermatologist. Yet according to Dr. Donna Corvette, a board-certified dermatologist at the Dermatology Center of Williamsburg, 5335 Discovery Park Blvd., people often delay having a doctor look at a potential skin cancer, sometimes […]

Hearing loss taking toll on today’s youth

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, almost twice as many people suffer from hearing loss than from diabetes and cancer. (Courtesy Eric Allix Rogers)

So much about aging is reversible. For wrinkles, there’s Botox. For vision loss, there’s laser eye surgery or corrective lenses. And for worn-out hips and knees, there’s replacement surgery. But when it comes to hearing, there’s no prescription or procedure to restore what you had when you were young. Which means people who regularly come […]

To fight diabetes in Hampton Roads, prevention is key

Nurse Diabetic A1c Diabetes Test

    More people die of diabetes every year than previously thought, a recent study found. According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University, diabetes leads to 12 percent of deaths in the United States, a higher percentage than previous research indicated. The same study, which was published in the journal “PLOS ONE,” also found diabetics have 90 percent higher […]