Low-risk technique for prostate biopsies

By: Julio Gundian Jr., M.D.
Posted on: July 02, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic:  My husband had an MRI that showed an abnormal spot on his prostate. The last time he had a prostate biopsy, he got a severe urinary tract infection, which led to him being hospitalized. It took him weeks to recover.  Is he at risk of another serious infection after this prostate biopsy? Is there anything we can do to reduce that risk? A: Although it’s... READ MORE

Gardeners: help yourself and others, too

By: Dean Fosdick
Posted on: July 01, 2020

Gardening’s popularity has surged during the coronavirus pandemic. It provides exercise, outdoor time, emotional well-being and wholesome produce. Home gardeners can also provide some hunger relief to others during a time of rising food insecurity. Many home gardeners are donating portions of their freshly picked harvests to food banks, meal programs and shelters. Some are... READ MORE

Digital registry tracks COVID symptoms

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: June 30, 2020

For some of us, the worst aspect of the coronavirus pandemic is the fear of the unknown. How long will it last? When will a vaccine be available? Will we contract the virus, and if so, how bad will it be?  Since late March, a digital study called Behavioral, Environmental and Treatments for COVID-19 (Beat19) has been gathering real-world information about the novel virus’ symptoms and ... READ MORE

Coronavirus news shorts

By: The Associated Press
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Virus kept ER patients home Emergency room visits in the U.S. for chest pain and heart attacks fell early this spring, according to a June study that supports fears that the coronavirus outbreak scared away people from going to the hospital. ER visits were up for respiratory illnesses and pneumonia, but were down for nearly every other kind of injury or ailment, according to the... READ MORE

Take steps to avoid heat-related illnesses

By: Katie Jones
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Q: Temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit for much of the summer season in Virginia. How do I keep myself safe during these summer months? A: Climbing temperatures coupled with high humidity can pose health risks to many people.  Older adults in the community are at an increased risk for heat-related illness due to age-related changes in skin thickness, a decrease in sweat... READ MORE

Finding new benefits for ancient walnuts

By: Lori Zanteson
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Walnuts are prized for their delicious flavor as well as their health-promoting nutrients and unique supply of plant compounds. Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7,000 BCE. Native to ancient Persia, walnuts were so coveted that only royalty were allowed to eat them.  Ancient Greeks then used walnuts for food, medicine and dye for wool and cloth.  They... READ MORE