Hospitals need blood donors of any age

By: Manish Gandhi, M.D.
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: I’ve never donated blood before because I’m nervous that I’ll faint when I see the needle or blood. Is there anything that I can do to prevent that from happening? A: It’s common to be nervous about donating blood if you’ve never done it before. But blood donation center staff members are skilled at making the experience as smooth as possible, and your... READ MORE

Efforts to bring CBD to senior housing

By: Chip Lauterbach
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Virginia lawmakers continue to fine-tune legislation that aligns with the state’s growing medical cannabis program by advancing two Senate bills facilitating the work of caregivers and lab employees. The goal is to enable older adults who have been certified for medical cannabis to obtain and use the substances. Bill SB 185, sponsored by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, would... READ MORE

New cookbook aims to bring out flavors

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: March 12, 2020

This month’s recipe comes from Deep Flavors, a new cookbook described as “a celebration of recipes for foodies in a kosher style.” The author is Ken Horwitz, an attorney and CPA from Dallas, Texas, with a passion for cooking. He tells stories before (and within) almost all his recipes, giving context and history, and he describes step-by-step instructions to maximize the flavor and ... READ MORE

Questions on dry skin, cholesterol drugs

By: Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on: March 11, 2020

Q: My skin has become very dry and itchy over the past year. Could it be some other skin problem, not just dry skin? A: Our skin’s top layer, or epidermis, is normally thick with naturally occurring fats and oils that act as a barrier to help retain moisture and prevent irritants from entering the skin. But as we age, the skin thins, and we lose some of those fats and oils. This... READ MORE

Can a chiropractor treat low back pain?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on: March 10, 2020

If you’ve ever seen a doctor for back pain, you’re not alone. An estimated 85% of people experience back pain severe enough to see a doctor at some point in their life. Yet despite how common it is, the precise cause of pain is often unclear. And a single, best treatment for most low back pain is unknown. “Standard care” includes a balance of rest, stretching and exercise,... READ MORE

U.S. life expectancy rises (for a change)

By: Mike Stobbe
Posted on: March 10, 2020

Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates from cancer and drug overdoses. “Let’s just hope it continues,” said Robert Anderson, who oversaw the report released in January by the Centers for Disease ... READ MORE