| Dec 12, 2012
| 2:30 AM
| 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 4, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Patients recruited through Lehigh Valley Hospital helped play a role in an important study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study took 10 years and was the largest double-blind comparison of aspirin and warfarin, a blood-...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 1:05 AM
Unless you live in northern Minnesota or the Black Hills, you've just enjoyed the opposite of a white Christmas. This has made life easier for people and animals in many ways. However, some animals are up to their normal routine whether snow is on the...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 4:50 PM
Q: I grew up adding milk to my tea and prefer to drink it like that. Does milk in tea reduce the beneficial effects of the tea? What about soy milk?
A: Both green and black tea stimulate the production of nitric oxide in blood vessels. This helps blood...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 7:21 AM
Darrell Laurant, the Lynchburg News & Advance columnist, writer, and author, suffered a stroke on June 8. This is his story, written especially for Our Health.
In its most common usage, the word "stroke" conjures images that are smooth and gentle --...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 5:09 PM
Q: I have had blood clots in my lungs, and I take Coumadin to prevent recurrences. When I drank 12 ounces of cranberry-grape juice, it sent my INR level (a measure of anticoagulation) to 16.4, compared with the previous day's level of 6.5. Both levels are...
| May 27, 2010
Q Last summer, I learned that antiseptic mouth rinse kills ticks immediately. When I found a tick, I used to remove it and put it into rubbing alcohol, where it died after a minute or so. Once I had no alcohol, but my mouthwash was handy. I wet some...
| Jun 19, 2010
Q. You have written about ways to remove ticks. My advice to anyone who pulls off a tick is to save it. If you have symptoms, remember to take it to your doctor or the ER.
I forgot to take my saved tick, and the ER doctor refused to consider that I might...
| Mar 23, 2010
Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm. While it primarily affects people over 65 years old, it can be seen in all age groups, says Dr. Monica Aggarwal, a cardiologist from the Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center.
• Atrial fibrillation is...
| Jul 21, 2010
| 5:03 PM
Q. I am worried that the medications I take might interact with each other. I also take several supplements. What should I do?
Christine, La Cañada
A recent study of adults in the United States showed that more than 90% of people 65 or older use at...