HEALTH

An emerging fungal infection — one that’s especially dangerous for patients with weakened immune systems — is the latest risk facing long-term care facilities in Virginia after more than a year of weathering the COVID-19 pandemic.  Called Candida auris, the yeast has been deemed a “serious global health threat” by...
By Marty Schladen After years of accusations, a bipartisan group in the U.S. Senate wants federal regulators to investigate whether drug middlemen and their parent companies are rigging the system to raise prices and pad their pockets. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., last month filed legislation that would require...
After a dreary pandemic winter, more Virginians are venturing out in search of ramps — the leafy green allium that’s become a darling of the spring dining season. Sometimes, what they’re finding is poisoning them. Dr. Chris Holstege, medical director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA Health, said...
Staffing shortages have left Virginia’s mental hospitals overwhelmed as the facilities continue to struggle with a surging patient population. It’s a problem that’s only grown worse since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alison Land, commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, told state lawmakers Tuesday that...
By Cheryl Harris Sutton Uncertainty. Fear. Worry. These are just a few of the thoughts and emotions that run through the minds of almost every expecting mother.  For many expecting Black moms, those feelings can be more acute. That’s because for many, having a child is ultimately a life and death struggle. Last...
Hospitals in Virginia recorded a significant decline in birth-related visits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while alcohol- and drug-related hospitalizations rose compared to previous years The data on substance use wasn’t a surprise amid a once-in-a-century public health crisis that’s seen record numbers of fatal overdoses across Virginia and nationwide. State...
Virginia will temporarily stop administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as federal health agencies review six reported cases — out of millions of doses administered — of blood clots developed in patients within two weeks of receiving the shot. In a Tuesday statement, state vaccine coordinator Dr. Danny...
Virginia data suggests that children and younger adults are contributing in a major way to the continued spread of COVID-19 — a trend that’s worrying health officials as the state continues a vaccination campaign described by many experts as “a race between variants and the vaccine.” “The overall number of...
One of Dr. Riva Kamat’s most jarring memories from the past year was an 11-year-old patient struggling to breathe. “He was COVID-positive, he was doing initially quite well, and then he started going downhill very quickly from a respiratory standpoint,” said Kamat, a pediatric hospital physician at Inova health system...
For nearly five months, an investigative watchdog blog called Checks & Balances Project has had Sentara Healthcare in its crosshairs. Since mid-November, the outlet has posted more than 20 stories pegged to Sentara's proposed merger with North Carolina-based Cone Health, another nonprofit health system. "Our reporting shows that Sentara's lobbying efforts,...