Health Archive

Red Cross makes appeal for blood donations

The American Red Cross is appealing to the public for blood donations. During the summer, each blood drive sees fewer donors than needed, according to a news release. Vacations and back-to-school activities likely are factors. The Red Cross especially needs donors with types AB, O negative, B negative and A negative. Because of their versatility, they are in most demand and constantly needed.

Volunteers sought for end-of-life planning in Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH A local group is looking for adults with advance care directives that outline their end-of-life care wishes to help others write directives. The As You Wish Advance Care Planning program is seeking "community ambassador volunteers" to attend one of two training sessions Aug. 11 at the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, 4452 Corporation Lane.

Study in Virginia Beach offers a new tool in the struggle with dementia

VIRGINIA BEACH Isabel Pflueger finished the question before it was completely out of a reporter's mouth: "You're aware that this computer is designed to help..." "... keep me alive?" Pflueger said. "Yes!"

Dr. Howard Jones, whose work led to the country's first IVF baby, dies in Norfolk at 104

NORFOLK Medical pioneer and innovator Dr. Howard W. Jones Jr. died Friday at Sentara Heart Hospital at the age of 104. Jones, best known as part of the husband-and-wife team that created the program leading to this country’s first in-vitro fertilization baby, died of respiratory failure.

Emergency water drill in Virginia Beach goes fast, well for volunteers

VIRGINIA BEACH Steven Miyares noticed a sign on the road. Paul Laibach saw a message on the city's Facebook page, and Charlie and Carolyn Williams heard about it on the evening news.

Otter bites two people in Virginia Beach, tests positive for rabies

VIRGINIA BEACH A river otter tested positive for rabies after biting two people near the 2200 block of North Sandpiper Road in Sandbridge, according to the city. The Department of Public Health responded after the bites were reported Wednesday.

Kroger recalls seasonings for risk of salmonella

Kroger has recalled four types of seasoning after a sample from a South Carolina store tested positive for salmonella. Kroger Ground Cinnamon, Kroger Garlic Powder, Kroger Coarse Ground Black Pepper and Kroger Bac'n Buds were produced on the same equipment as the product found with the contamination, according to a news release. The company has recalled all of the seasonings as a precaution.

112-year-old Norfolk woman, one of the oldest in the world, dies

NORFOLK Lela Burden, a 112-year-old woman counted among the oldest in the world, died in her sleep this week. Her great-great-niece, Brenda Gunn, said Burden died Wednesday at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital. Just a few days earlier, Gunn had visited her there and listened to her sing the gospel song "Wade in the Water."

Health center to host events on government health care

Celebrate Healthcare will host two health education events this week to honor the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The organization will provide updates on Medicare and Medicaid as well as information about fall enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance plans. U.S. Health and Human Services Regional Director Joanne Grossi will attend the events.

West Nile Virus found among mosquitoes in Suffolk

SUFFOLK City officials are warning residents about West Nile virus after the strain was found in several neighborhoods.

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