What to drink to help you sleep

When winding down you might enjoy sipping a beverage before bedtime, but are there any drinks that could be particularly helpful or harmful for quality sleep? It turns out that that experts advise to avoid certain beverages before bedtime — whereas the research on beverages to promote quality sleep remains not as clear. Overall more than a third of adults in the United States don’t get enough snoozing time, sleeping less than seven hours in a 24-hour period, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Things that…

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Your dog may be at risk for heart disease based on their food, FDA says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning dog owners of a possible link between certain dog food brands and a serious form of canine heart disease. The FDA has investigated more than 500 cases of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in certain dogs eating certain types of food, according to their statement. DCM is a condition that effects a dog’s heart and results in an enlarged muscle. Dogs with DCM tire easily, cough, and have difficulty breathing. FDA identifies 16 dog food brands When the FDA first alerted the public in 2018 to cases of…

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Henrico’s East End has a new mental health center that’s twice the size of the old one

Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — More than 1,000 people a month will be helped at the new Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MHDS) East Center, according to the county. Henrico County officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the new Nine Mile Road facility. The $10 million, 30,735-square-foot East Center replaces a clinic — about half its size — on Laburnum Avenue. “The East Center represents Henrico’s continuing commitment to enhance and expand services for all of our residents,” Henrico Board of Supervisors…

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12-year-old Indiana girl contracts deadly flesh-eating disease during Florida vacation

MOORESVILLE, Ind. — A family vacation to Florida turned into a week in the hospital for one Indiana family when their 12-year-old daughter Kylei contracted a life-threatening infection from the beach and was forced to fight for her life. “It’s just so hard seeing friends and family on the beach having fun because we were there doing the same thing, and I almost lost her,” Kylei’s mother, Michelle Brown, said. Towards the end of their trip to Destin, Florida this month, Kylei began feeling pain in her leg. When the…

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Partial knee replacements allow patients a faster, easier road to recovery

RICHMOND, Va. — Faye Stinchfield knew the pain in her knee was growing worse with time. “I was always falling,” Stinchfield says. “I kept putting it off, not wanting to be operated on and then the day after Thanksgiving, I fell and broke my right knee cap.” Six weeks later, Stinchfield received a total knee replacement. She knew the condition in her knee left her little choice. “There was just no cartilage or anything left between the bones, so it was time to have it replaced,” Stinchfield says. Dr. Ryan…

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Smoking sharply raises young women’s risk of a serious type of heart attack

Smoking is bad for your heart, especially if you are a young woman. Women under 50 who smoke may face a higher risk of a serious type of heart attack compared to men, according to a new study published Monday in the the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is already the top killer of women and men, and smoking, which is a strong risk factor for heart…

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Chippenham Hospital earns provisional status as Level I trauma center

RICHMOND, Va. — Chippenham Hospital has joined VCU Medical Center as the second hospital in the region to earn the status as a Level I trauma center, the highest level of trauma care that a patient can receive. The hospital achieved the provisional status through certification by the State Health Commissioner from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health. Chippenham Hospital first achieved Level II trauma center status in 2015. Since then, the hospital has provided 24/7 on-site trauma surgeons and met or exceeded quality outcome benchmarks from the American…

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More pregnant women in the US are using pot, study finds

 More moms-to-be in the United States are using marijuana, especially in their first trimester, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. The percentage of pregnant women who reported using marijuana in the past month increased overall from 3.4% in 2002 to 7% in 2017. In the first trimester, past-month marijuana use increased from 5.7% to 12.1%. Pregnant women consistently reported more medical marijuana use in the first trimester than in the second or third trimesters. Researchers analyzed data from 4,400 pregnant women and 133,900 nonpregnant women…

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Doctors perform in utero surgery on fetus, repairs spina bifida before baby’s birth

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Clinic has joined other top hospitals in North America and can now offer in utero surgery. The hospital announced Wednesday that after more than a year of preparations they have successfully completed Northern Ohio’s first ever surgery on a fetus inside the uterus to repair spina bifida. “The operation on the fetus in the uterus, I’m directing and in charge of, and the guidance of where we should open the uterus, the exposure of the baby,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, Director of Fetal Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic’s…

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