Health Archive

Great Neck Park reopens after fox attacks two men

VIRGINIA BEACH Great Neck Park reopened Wednesday morning after an unsuccessful search for a fox that bit two men. After three days of searching, Virginia Beach Animal Control wasn't able to find the fox, which officials believed was sick because it bit two people in the same area Sunday.

Free flu vaccines at four area spots Saturday

The Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach health departments will offer free flu vaccines Saturday.

Swimming advisory lifted in Dare, Currituck counties

A precautionary swimming advisory has been lifted for beaches in Dare and Currituck counties, officials said today. State recreational water quality officials determined that bacteria levels are below the necessary standards and safe for public use.

Fox bites in Virginia Beach stop baseball games, close park to public

VIRGINIA BEACH It's not every day baseball games end with a fox hunt. Five youth ball games came to a halt at Great Neck Park on Sunday afternoon after two men were bitten by a fox in the wooded area on the southwest side of the park.

Column | Virginia Beach mom brushes with celebrities

I recently received a phone call with great news from Kristine Caalim. She was raving about meeting celebrities at the recent Patient Advocate of the Year celebration in California. First featured in the Beacon in May 2013, Caalim is an advocate for people with rare genetic disorders. Her 5-year-old son Zeq can't eat most foods because of a condition called eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE.

Free community health fair Oct. 24 at Sentara Leigh Hospital

NORFOLK Sentara is holding a free Community Health and Safety Fair on Oct. 24. The fair, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be held at Sentara Leigh Hospital, 830 Kempsville Road, a news release says.

Despite official efforts, heroin now more lethal than driving in Virginia

Deaths from heroin and opiate use outnumbered highway fatalities in Virginia for the first time last year, although they went down a bit in Hampton Roads after a big jump the year before. Records show that 728 Virginians died from drug overdoses in 2014, while 700 people died on the state's roads.

Police: Park in Virginia Beach closed after fox bites two men

VIRGINIA BEACH Animal Control is looking for a fox that reportedly bit two people at Great Neck Park on Shorehaven Drive. The incidents occurred Sunday morning around 7:30, according to a news release from Virginia Beach police. The two victims, both men, sought medical treatment, but there is no confirmation the fox is rabid. As a precaution, Great Neck Park is closed until further notice.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's trauma center: Saving lives, at a high cost

CORRECTION: Dr. Leonard Weireter is no longer medical director for trauma at Sentara Norfolk General. He rotated off and was replaced by Dr. Jay Collins. Earlier versions of this story listed Weireter's old title. This story has been corrected. NORFOLK There's a corner in the hospital hallway where ruin and grace meet.

Father of in-vitro fertilization delivers final story of medicine, love

NORFOLK Always known for his prodigious work habits, Dr. Howard Jones Jr. is still producing two months after his death. His last book - "Howard & Georgeanna - Sixty Years of Marriage & Medicine" - has just been released on Amazon.com, the tale of the courtship and married years of Jones and his wife, Georgeanna Seegar Jones.

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