HEALTH

When Ailment Wellness Medical Center in Fredericksburg began advertising itself last year as a place patients could see a “medical marijuana doctor,” staff members say the phone started ringing and didn’t stop.“We actually had to have Verizon come in and install two more lines,” says office manager Missy Miles....
FLOYD — Becky Silvey has seen it all.The Franklin County mother has raised three children who have faced challenges ranging from addiction to autism to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She’s struggled with a troubled marriage while navigating the school and criminal justice systems to advocate for her children. At one point,...
By Matthew ConoverJust this month, I helped care for a man who passed away peacefully in the night.It should have been a time of solemn mourning and perhaps relief for the family, who had seen their loved one suffer for weeks. But shortly after stepping out the room where...
So far, Virginia has been spared from the blossoming measles outbreaks that have spread to 15 states, the second-largest number seen in the U.S. since the disease was eliminated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Public health officials say they're always on high alert for...
Gigi Grogan was named after Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a Catholic pediatrician who refused an abortion despite the threat pregnancy posed to her life. Molla died in 1962, a week after her child was born.Grogan, a student at Virginia Tech and leader of the college’s Students for Life chapter,...
Editor's note: First in an occasional series explaining Virginia's policy debates.A news release that Gov. Ralph Northam issued in late March couldn't have come as much of a surprise to anyone. It mirrored another from last year, in which he explained why he vetoed a string of health care...
Increasingly, as drug prices inch upwards, patients are relying more on coupons they receive directly from pharmaceutical manufacturers to cover the cost of their drugs.But health insurers have developed a tactic that essentially negates that benefit by refusing to count the value of the coupon or copay assistance...
Like each of Virginia's psychiatric hospitals, Central State Hospital in Petersburg is almost always near capacity. But thanks to a broad effort to rightsize Virginia's entire behavioral health system, Gov. Ralph Northam's new plan to replace the outdated facility might actually cut the total number of beds.Following a brief...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.A new study from the Commonwealth Fund found that Medicaid work requirements not only will cause more people to lose insurance, but could also increase uncompensated care and hurt...
From The Bulletin, the Mercury’s blog, where we post quick hits on the news of the day, odds and ends and commentary.More than 20 percent of Virginia's black, American Indian and Hispanic populations report poor or fair health, compared to 14 percent of the state's white residents.Annual data from the...