Author: K.H. Queen

Dual Diseases

Treating cancer in people who are already managing diabetes poses challenges for doctors and their patients as they struggle to fight the cancer without making diabetes-related issues worse, medical oncologist Dr. Ranjit Goudar says. “Since eight to nine percent of American adults have diabetes, we’re talking…

Clearing Things Up

Just like the rest of your body wears out as you age, so does your retina. As the population overall gets older, more people are being diagnosed with macular degeneration—a disease of the retina that causes central vision loss, says Dr. Sam Garrett of Virginia Beach Eye Center.…

Bend A Bit

As you plan to eat your way through Thanksgiving and Christmas, you also probably have vague ideas about undoing the damage to your weight come January. Save this story. If you have arthritis or other joint problems, you’ll need to take care how you get in shape, and…

Choosing a Dentist

Choosing a dentist for you and your family can be a daunting task. We’re here to show you what to look for and help break it down into, ahem, bite-sized pieces. “From the first phone call all the way to the back office, the dentist and…

Breast Cancer Prevention

You’ve heard a lot in the last few years about genetic/hereditary causes of breast cancer. Those of you without a family history may be breathing a sigh of relief. Not so fast. Four out of five women who get breast cancer have no family history of the…

Step Up To The Table

If it’s your turn to host the holidays this year, then it’s probably time to convert your formal dining room from a junk room to its intended purpose—a place to host elegant meals with family and friends. A table comes…

The Fine Print

If you have to ask your children or grandchildren to read this story for you because you keep losing your many pairs of reading glasses, you may be ready to focus on a permanent vision fix via surgery. Fortunately, you…

Certified Kiss-able

You're never fully dressed without a perfect smile. Treat your teeth with these tips.

Back in Action

Maybe it started with a car wreck. Perhaps a hard basketball game (hope your team won). Maybe you fell. Perhaps it’s come on gradually, thanks to spinal arthritis or a degenerating disc. Your back pain has you beat. What to…

Considering Cabinets

Whether you’re renovating your kitchen or building a new home, take plenty of time to consider your options for cabinets. You’ll be looking at hardware, wood, style and finishes. Consider the architecture of your home, how much cooking you do…

Prescription Problems

The most rapidly growing drug addiction problem in the United States is the misuse of prescription painkillers, says Dr. Timothy O’Connell of Addiction Medicine Specialists Inc. in Newport News.  Here’s what you should know: Drug addicts don’t stand out in…

Mend and Bend

A bad knee or trick knee doesn’t have to turn you into a couch potato for life. If you’ve been happy to use your knee as an excuse to channel surf instead of exercise, you shouldn’t do that either. If…

Coping with Arthritis

Many of us remember our grandparents wincing with pain and joking about ‘Uncle Arthur’ (arthritis) coming to visit. Surprise: Uncle Arthur visits young people too. “Most people are surprised to learn they have arthritis,” says Dr. Jeffrey Carlson of The…

How To Help Your Parents Get Their Affairs In Order

If both your parents are still living, count yourself fortunate. Give each of them an extra hug or phone call. Now imagine yourself walking into their home after a car crash that killed one and left the other in unconscious…

Getting a Lift

Whether you’re looking for implants after a mastectomy or have decided to improve what you were born with, you have more options for plastic surgery for the girls, thanks to innovations and new research. “We’ve made tremendous strides in reconstructive…

Live Longer, Stronger: Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes

The facts are scary: Blindness. Kidney disease. Nerve damage. Infections that won’t heal. Heart disease. Stroke. Amputations. Those are just some of the health risks associated with diabetes, says Dr. Jo Anne Guzman-Lee of Amelia Medical Associates in Norfolk. One…

Think Pink: Breast Cancer Prevention, Detection and Treatment

Women and their doctors are much better informed about breast cancer than their grandmothers and their doctors two generations ago. The medical community knows more about prevention and detection. Treatment options are better too. Here’s what you need to know.…

Watch Your Back: Spine Injury Symptoms

An injury to your spine can cause much more than just a pain in the back. If one of the discs or ligaments in your back is hurt, you might have muscle spasms or other symptoms in your legs, hands…

Stay in the Clear: How to Treat and Prevent Glaucoma

Glaucoma—one is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. It —steals your eyesight so subtly that you could have it for years and not know you have significant vision loss. The good news is —once a doctor…

Enjoy the Sun, But Protect Yourself

As you head outdoors to enjoy the beach, the pool, your garden or a nice walk don’t forget to face the facts—you need to protect yourself from skin cancer. There are several lines of defense from sun damage: protecting yourself,…

Tendon Troubles

It’s called tennis elbow, but less than half of the people who get actually it can blame it on playing the game, says Dr. Jack Siegel of The Jordan Young Institute for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. “It’s basically tendonitis…