Health Matters

Four Myths About Palliative Care

Posted by Jennifer Robinson, BSN, RN on Mar 12, 2018 8:13:00 AM

Palliative care is a new word for many of our patients, and it's also a relatively new medical specialty. But what are the specifics of palliative care? Let's debunk four myths about this enigmatic discipline.

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Topics: Health Care 101

Am I too old to have a baby?

Posted by Dr. Khadijah Jordan on Mar 7, 2018 8:06:00 AM

The short answer: no. At any age, starting a family is a personal decision only you can make (with the help of your physician).

Today women are delaying their childbearing for various reasons. Many are marrying later in life, are furthering their education and having successful careers before starting a family. If you fall into one of these categories, do not be ashamed or afraid. Having a healthy baby may very well be in the cards for you.

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Topics: Women's Health, Mom & Baby

When Should I Be Screened for Colon Cancer?

Posted by Dr. Brian Buchberg on Feb 28, 2018 7:46:00 AM

When Should You be Screend for Colon Cancer.jpgMake your bottom your top priority

While nobody likes to talk about their backside, I’ve got good news in honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. When found and treated early, colon cancer is often curable. And a colonoscopy, the main colon cancer screening method, is one of the few cancer screening tests that can prevent cancer.

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Topics: Digestive Health

How The Movies Miss the Mark on Heart Attacks

Posted by Dr. Ronald McKechnie on Feb 26, 2018 7:18:00 AM

A grey-haired man falls to his knees, grabbing his chest in pain. That's what the script calls for, but the reality can be very different.

Movies often depict the traditional warning signs of a heart attack as major chest pressure or pain. But the signs of a heart attack can vary, and so too can the gender or age of the heart patient who has one.

If you experience any of the following symptoms (particularly very suddenly or severely) it is of utmost importance that you seek medical help straight away because you very well could be having a heart attack.

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Topics: Cardiology, Health Care 101

What is Stopping Your Sleep?

Posted by Dr. Salim Qazizadeh on Feb 19, 2018 7:43:00 AM

About one in five children and about 18 million adults suffer from sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing continuously stops and restarts throughout the night. Symptoms can include snoring, episodes of breathing cessation when sleeping, dry mouth, sore throat and excessive daytime sleepiness. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to other problems, such as sleep walking, attention problems and behavioral changes. Sleep can also be disturbed by other conditions such as insomnia, sleep walking and restless leg syndrome.

Your lifestyle may very well be impacting your sleep. Check out the main culprits of sleep deprivation and the ways you can help yourself to a better night’s sleep.

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Topics: Sleep

Lung Cancer Screenings Using Low Dose CT Scans

Posted by Vicky West, R.N., B.S.N. on Feb 12, 2018 3:49:45 PM

Prevention is the best cure

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We have a smoking cessation program here at Chesapeake Regional. You can meet with a therapist one on one and she can tailor the program just for you. All you have to do is call (757) 312-5256.

Alternatively, you can call 1 (800) Quit-Now where counselors can provide you with important information, advice and support.

We also have They have many tools and tips to help you.

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Topics: Lung Health

6 Ways to Maximize Your Sleep

Posted by Dr. Salim Qazizadeh on Feb 5, 2018 7:59:00 AM

Ariana Huffington has encouraged America to have a Sleep Revolution. And it's true, most Americans need more sleep.

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Topics: Sleep

White Foods: Worthy or Worrisome?

Posted by Tracy Yoda, MS, RD, CSOWM, CDE on Jan 30, 2018 8:50:09 AM

Here's what you didn't know about white-colored foods....

This New Year, many of us have resolved to live healthier lifestyles, whether by quitting smoking, exercising more or eating a healthier diet. If you’re looking to change your diet or take on a new health trend, you’re probably unsure about which one is best for you.

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Topics: Health Care 101, Lifestyle & Wellness, Weight Management

What are Symptomatic Uterine Fibroids?

Posted by Dr. Victor Lewis on Jan 24, 2018 8:02:00 AM

It’s something most women don’t like to talk about. It’s embarrassing and can be life altering. But having a heavy, painful menstrual cycle is something worth opening up about‒at least with your doctor.

If you are experiencing uncomfortable periods that are accompanied by back or severe abdominal pain, you may have symptomatic uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus. They are the most common type of tumor within the female reproductive system.

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Topics: Women's Health

8 Things Your Babysitter Should Know Before You Walk Out the Door

Posted by Priscilla Mills on Jan 22, 2018 7:32:00 AM

You’ve been planning this special date for weeks. But before you check yourself in the mirror one last time to head out for your romantic evening, there’s one last thing you need to do: Make sure your babysitter is qualified to watch your children.

Sure, your neighbor recommended her, but strong references and being “good with children” are only the first steps to being a good babysitter. Here are some basic items to review with your babysitter:

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Topics: Babysitting