Stomach Flu – Dr. Romesh Shares What You Need to Know

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Jan 30 2015

Central Virginia news sources are reporting an increase in cases of gastroenteritis (the “stomach flu”) in the area. Earlier this week, more than 400 cases were reported at Hampton-Sydney College, causing school officials to cancel classes and athletic activities through the weekend. Doctors in Short Pump have seen a spike in patients with this condition, according to, and cases have also been popping up in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s (CHoR) interim chief of general pediatrics, Dr. N. Romesh Wijesooriya, shares what parents need to know about this easily spread illness: What is gastroenteritis? Though it is commonly referred to as the “stomach flu” and has some similar symptoms to the respiratory flu, gastroenteritis... View Article

Flu Season is in Full Swing: Protect Your Loved Ones

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Jan 27 2015

Flu season typically peaks in January or February and early data shows that this year’s flu season could be severe. Children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with health conditions and disabilities are at increased risk of getting the flu and of complications. Here’s what experts have to say about this year’s flu and how to best protect your family. An overview of the flu Seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It spreads between people and can cause mild to severe illness. According to, most experts believe that you get the flu when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks and droplets containing their germs land in your mouth or nose. You can... View Article

How to Raise Healthy Eaters in an Unhealthy World

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Jan 13 2015

The older our kids get, the harder it gets to change eating behaviors. Fostering positive eating attitudes and behaviors from a young age can help prevent eating problems down the road. Dr. Melanie Bean,director of clinical and behavioral services for CHoR’s Healthy Lifestyles Center, recommends fostering healthy eating behaviors as early as possible: “If you help children develop healthy eating habits at a young age, when they venture out into the world – which has far more pressure to be unhealthy than it does to be healthy – they are well-equipped to make better choices.” Dr. Bean shares her favorite tips, techniques and considerations for raising healthy eaters below. In general, limit eating to three meals and one or two... View Article