| Jun 4, 2014
| 2:17 PM
The Affordable Care Act with its mandate that everyone must carry health insurance was expected to bring a dip in expensive emergency room use, the refuge of the uninsured for non-emergency treatment. The promise of reduced health care costs was part of...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 7:46 PM
Hampton Roads Regional Jail houses several hundred inmates who have been diagnosed with mental illness. They include men and women, those who've committed "nuisance" crimes, such as trespassing, and those convicted of felonies, including assault.
| Oct 21, 2013
Mammography screening, the accepted "gold standard" for early detection of breast cancer has dramatically reduced the mortality rate for the number two cancer killer of women. When found at Stage 0 or 1, women have a 100 percent five-year survival rate,...
| Sep 21, 2013
Breast cancer screening, known as mammography, has a new tool to provide clearer, more accurate diagnoses.
While conventional mammography creates a two-dimensional image of the breast, much like an X-ray, 3-D technology allows radiologists to view the...
| Apr 17, 2013
Orthopedic surgeons on the Peninsula have carved out a specialty in the "jiffy hip." Their teaching is now helping to spread the anterior muscle-sparing procedure for hip replacement around the country — and the world.
On Monday, thanks to the...
| Apr 26, 2013
Almost half the medical clinical trials in Virginia are taking place in Hampton Roads. Of the more than 120 privately funded active trials enrolling patients, half involve treatment for major chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease,...
| May 15, 2013
For most women, the risk of developing breast cancer over a lifetime is 12 percent. For women who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, that risk multiplies to close to 87 percent. In choosing a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy, Hollywood star Angelina...
| May 21, 2013
| 8:27 AM
On Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 4 p.m., Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast will present a special program, BFF, for ALL girls in Grade 5 -- non-Girl Scouts included -- at Warwick High School in Newport News.
Guest speaker is Ariane Aramburo, host of the...
| May 30, 2013
Bon Secours has terminated the employment of two CNAs, certified nursing assistants, for improper use of the health system's electronic medical records at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Newport News, it announced Wednesday.
The security breach, which...
| Jun 9, 2013
The new emphasis on patient-centered care, prompted by the Affordable Care Act, is having a spill-over effect. More and more people are documenting what type of medical care they want and don't want through advance directives.
"I call them life-planning...
| Oct 25, 2013
The effective management of chronic diseases — asthma, diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) — requires that patients adhere to prescribed drug regimens. Without access to affordable prescriptions, many end up in the...