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The Food and Drug Administration has approved Biogen’s Alzheimer’s disease drug aducanumab, sold as Aduhelm.

While not a cure, the drug is the first FDA-approved treatment aimed at slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s, not just treat the symptoms.

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As men grow older, urinary difficulties commonly develop related to an enlarged prostate. This condition, called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH, affects nearly half of men over the age of 50 years to some degree.

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A patient receiving a knee or hip replacement could expect to spend almost a week in the hospital after surgery. These days, they usually spend a single night, or even have the surgery in an outpatient setting and go home the same day.

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In our April edition a year ago, I made the prediction that the pandemic would end soon. Boy, was I taken to task by several readers. And they proved to be correct. So, now I am cautious about new predictions.

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Chronic pain is an oppressive human health problem and a significant cause of morbidity. In 2011 alone, the direct (drug prescription, hospitalization) and indirect (loss of productivity and work force) costs of chronic pain were at $600 billion dollars in the USA alone.

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Reporting lags, complicated logistics and data entry errors in COVID-19 vaccine distribution have frustrated health officials trying to beat back a virus that has killed almost 6,500 Virginians. But on Monday, new data from the Virginia Department of Health showed a prominent shift that has launched the state past most of the U.S. for supply used: Nearly 64% of available vaccines have been administered.

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In his run for the presidency, Joe Biden laid out a “Plan for Older Americans” that reflected the Democratic party philosophy that healthcare and living with dignity after retirement are an inalienable right for all.

The Biden-Harris plan addresses long-standing inequities...

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he month of February is also designated by the American Heart Association as Heart Health Month -- a time when we can focus on preventing heart attacks, heart failure and strokes before they hurt us, and in turn, those we love.

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Employers told nearly 800 Realtors and credit union workers in the Richmond area they could sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine that federal and state guidance said they’re ineligible to receive. More than 400 were scheduled for a vaccination event Sunday while thousands of health care workers, teachers and long-term care residents continue to wait for doses that are in short supply.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, M.D., said the next few months of the pandemic will be probably the worst in the history of public health in the United States. However, vaccines on the horizon provide a “light at the end of the tunnel” in the battle again…

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We finally made it to the end of 2020! With less families gathering together over the holidays and with all the mental and physical risks colder weather brings, it’s important to keep safety top of mind while doing your best to enjoy the season.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a Modified Stay-at-Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends.

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Falling Creek Middle School teacher Emma Clark refused to teach in person when called back to the classroom. For weeks her job was in limbo and her paycheck withheld. Now she’s back in the virtual classroom, where she wanted to be all along – and hoping to create a safe space for other Chesterfield County Public School teachers to share their stories.

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With the initial shipments of a new vaccine against COVID-19 potentially weeks away, Virginia is testing its plan for distributing the initially limited supply of the vaccine to the people who need it most — front-line medical workers and the employees and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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With the winter months rolling in, it's essential that we keep our bodies healthy and thriving. According to UW Medicine, dry air and lower temperatures make it easier for illnesses to spread. In fact, many viruses actually survive better in colder temperatures, making them easier to spread …

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Former NFL player Orlando Scandrick, who says he is vaccinated and pro-vaccine, criticized a memo released by the league that says if a game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a Covid-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players, that team will have to forfeit and will be credited with a loss.

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