3 Steps to Safety on the Road

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In 2020, emergency department doors throughout the U.S. opened more than 2.1 million times for injuries related to motor vehicle crashes. While that number is stunning, it is lower than average since it occurred during a year that included extended lockdowns and restrictions on travel.

Here at home, Carilion Clinic’s Emergency Department saw 700 patients for traumatic injuries following motor vehicle crashes in 2021.


Botox for Migraines?

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If you’ve ever suffered from migraines, you know how debilitating they can be. The severe headaches, which often cause throbbing pain and nausea, affect about 10% of Americans. But a new treatment of Botox injections is helping many who’ve been laid low by migraines all their life.


4 Ways to Keep Your Joints Happy

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Joints are beautiful things. They allow us to move, stretch and lift, all while supporting the weight of our bodies.

As we age, our joints can start to show some signs of wear and tear, but there are some simple things that you can do now to keep your joints healthy.
John Martino, M.D., with Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics, shares his four top tips for keeping your hinges smooth.


6 Ways to Prevent and Treat Poison Ivy

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When the temperature rises and the wind dies down, it's time to go outside–and this year we're all more excited than ever to get together with friends and family in parks, on trails and in the garden.

However, if you spend a lot of time outside, you just might end up with a case of poison ivy. 

Plants in the poison ivy family are found in just about every state in the continental U.S., and they are very hard to get rid of.

Poison ivy is found just about everywhere, from wooded areas to open fields, from roadsides to riverbanks, and even in your own backyard.


Improve Your Appearance With Chemical Peels

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If you suffer from acne or discoloration, chemical peels can be an effective treatment to improve the appearance of your skin.

“There are many benefits to chemical peel treatments, and they can be effective for any kind of skin tone,” said Padma Chitnavis, M.D., Carilion Clinic dermatologist.

The process involves a dermatologist or master aesthetician applying an acid solution to remove dead skin cells and then peeling it off to reveal newer, healthier skin.


Spring Forward. Do These Things Too.

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Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 13.

Most of our clocks will change automatically, but the time change is a good reminder to take care of some home safety tasks and get ready for longer days. 

Clear the Air

Test your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Hard-wired detectors have a test button that you can press, and battery-operated ones should get new batteries.



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