Health News

‘Patient activation’ may improve quality of life in individuals with kidney disease

Researchers previously demonstrated that online peer mentoring for individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) improves patient activation—or patients’ willingness and ability to take actions to manage their health and care—and quality of life (QOL). Now the investigators have looked at the correlation between QOL and patient activation among patients with CKD who participated in an […]

Pet Care

A Blessing for Benji—and the Residents of Liberty City.

It was a hot June day when Virginia W. noticed that her 10-year-old Shepherd-mix, Benji, was listless and coughing. “He wasn’t feeling good,” Virginia recalls. “He didn’t look like himself. I knew there was something going on.” A resident of Liberty City in Miami, Virginia had visited the  new ASPCA Community Veterinary Center (CVC) last […]

Personal Health

This Woman Touched One of the Hairy, Venomous Caterpillars Found in Virginia—And the Pain Felt Like a 'Scorching-Hot Knife'

As if 2020 hasn’t already put us through enough, there have been multiple sightings of a certain hairy-looking caterpillar in Virginia that can cause some serious damage and discomfort—and officials are warning residents to stay far, far away from them. In a Facebook post shared on October 6 by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF), […]