Flu shot clinics Saturday in Hampton and Norfolk – Daily Press

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Health districts on the Peninsula and Southside and in other areas will provide free flu shots Saturday.

Some of the locations will be walk-in clinics and others will be drive-thru, according to a news release.

The flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu. Everyone age 6 months or older should be vaccinated against influenza each year, health officials say. The vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from the flu such as young children, pregnant women and seniors.

The hampton walk-up event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at peninsula town center courtyard, 4410 E. Clairborne Square in Hampton for people ages 3 and up.

In Norfolk, the drive-thru flu event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at military circle mall, 880 N. Military Hwy. for people ages 3 and up. People do not need to get out of their vehicles to receive a flu shot. Everyone attending the drive-thru clinics is asked to wear short sleeves.

For more information about flu shots or upcoming clinics, call the local health department office in your locality.

breast microseed treatment now available in Hampton Roads

Bon Secours Cancer Institute at DePaul is one of three U.S. sites, and the only in the southeast, to offer the Breast Microseed Treatment, a radiation therapy for early stage breast cancer.

The new radiation therapy helps prevent cancer from reoccurring by treating the surgical site and surrounding tissue after cancerous tumor is removed, health system officials said in a news release. Radiation oncologists place tiny titanium seeds filled with radioactive palladium in the breast around the “at-risk” area.

The seeds deliver a low dose of radiation over 60 to 90 days. After treatment, the seed casings are harmless and can remain in the breast. The new treatment is similar to seed radiation therapy used in treating prostate cancer.

“The breast seeds offer similar treatment results to traditional external beam radiation therapy, but treatment is completed in a one-time, one-appointment procedure instead of sometimes more than 30 treatment sessions,” said Dr. Bradley Prestidge, of regional medical director for Radiation Oncology.

The treatment is new nationwide, but has been used in Canada and Europe since 2004.

Research could help identify those at risk for Type I diabetes

EVMS scientists identified key molecules and proteins involved in developing Type 1 diabetes — a discovery that could pinpoint people at risk for the disease and encourage new treatments to be developed.

“The research may lead to the development of tests to determine someone’s predisposition to become ill and encourage the development of new treatments to prevent someone from developing diabetes and also treat the disease,” said Dr. Jerry Nadler, vice dean for research at eastern virginia medical school.

Type I diabetes is a chronic disease once called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow glucose to enter cells and produce energy. There is no cure for the disease and patients often take daily insulin injections.

Researchers studying pancreas tissue made the discovery of the molecules and proteins related to the disease and had those finding published in a medical journal this month.

The evms research team has been approved for two more years of research by the juvenile diabetes foundation and the Diabetes Center at the University of Miami as part of a worldwide effort to determine if a virus triggers Type 1 diabetes.

open enrollment period for state marketplace begins Nov. 1

People who receive health insurance through the state marketplace set up under the Affordable Care Act can begin signing up for new coverage and plans Nov. 1, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This year’s open enrollment period is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, a shorter time frame than previous years in which it lasted three months.

Virginia continues to have more than five insurance companies in the marketplace who offer tiered options for health insurance coverage.

People can view plan options and insurers online on Nov. 1 at Healthcare.gov or call the marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596.

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