| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 19, 2013
A major vehicle accident Saturday in James City County, attributed to racing on a street, caused three people to be hospitalized. It also caused the closure of westbound Richmond Road in the 8900 block for several hours in order to investigate.
| May 19, 2013
| 7:00 AM
JAMES CITY -Two cars racing in the upper county Saturday afternoon led to an accident in which the driver of one of the cars was unknowingly dragged about four miles. Two other people were hospitalized.
According to Maj. Steve Rubino, James City...
| 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.
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 2, 2013
When her care team pronounced "Kelly Brady" out of danger from a preeclamptic episode at 1:40 p.m. on Monday, a crowd of bystanders cheered. The crowd, gathered in the nursing simulation lab at the Williamsburg campus of Thomas Nelson Community College...
| May 5, 2013
| 4:14 PM
On April 29, Wanda Yvonne Parks buried her oldest son, Jason Daniel Tully, 25. Tully had struggled with mental illness since age 11, when he was first diagnosed with severe depression. He was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder and finally...