| May 10, 2014
| 12:33 PM
Their is a set rule in the Scott household: Always, no matter how you feel at that particular moment, say "I love you" at bedtime.
Why? Because life offers no guarantees.
"You don't know if I'm going to wake up tomorrow or not," Eldrie Scott would...
| 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...
| Jun 11, 2013
At age 87, Stanley R. Ballou Jr. had multiple medical conditions and required nursing home care. He endured several infections and associated emergency hospitalizations. "Each time he lost a little more ground. There were more and more heroics on each...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 9:26 AM
When Pam Pouchot was diagnosed with parotid cancer, the Yorktown resident asked about the cost of tests and procedures to address the aggressive disease.
No one could tell her specifics, only that she would be billed through her insurance.
| Jun 19, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Music has the power to modulate the heart rate, lower blood pressure dramatically, improve a person's speech and help recover language. It can serve to reduce anxiety and depression and is a tool in aiding people in walking better.
"Today we can prove...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 6:16 PM
The flu arrived earlier this year and it has been at peak activity for 6 weeks, twice as long as last year's season in Virginia. Area health professionals continue to urge people to get vaccinated.
The rapid increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses...
| Jan 20, 2013
More than 100 people crowded into The Unique Boutique as Suzi Williamson, aka The Hat Trader, passed her hats, wigs and scarves to the auxiliary at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in a formal ceremony last week.
| Dec 10, 2012
| 4:39 AM
Bariatric surgeon David Salzberg can reel off a list of life-threatening problems associated with morbid obesity. They include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, joint pain, depression and elevated rates of cancer.
"Twenty percent of...
| Feb 17, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS — When a disembodied voice in his Newport News home announces it's time to take his vital signs, Ron Day and his wife, Carol, head upstairs from the living room to a bedroom equipped with a remote monitoring device.
Ronald, a 73-year-...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 5:50 PM
Two decades after his death in 1993, the memory of Newport News surgeon and civil rights activist C. Waldo Scott still remains strong among many residents of the city he worked so long to transform.
Not a month goes by without some past patient or...
| Feb 28, 2013
Early elective births are becoming a thing of the past on the Peninsula. Rates have plummeted since 2008, when the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG, issued a recommendation that women should wait until the 39th week of completed...