HEALTH

Virginia’s first presumed monkeypox case detected, health officials say

BY: - May 26, 2022

Virginia health officials announced they have detected the state’s first presumed case of monkeypox in Northern Virginia woman who recently traveled to an African country where the disease is known to occur.  In a Thursday news release, State Health Commissioner Dr. Colin Greene said the patient “is currently isolating and does not pose a risk […]

Virginia official says staffers are leaving mental health facilities to work at Chick-fil-A

BY: - May 25, 2022

At a meeting last week, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources John Littel made an eye-opening remark about the state’s understaffed and overstressed mental health facilities. “We’re losing a lot of people to Chick-fil-A,” Littel told the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care. “And hopefully the budget will help with that.” The staffing […]

CDC expects more monkeypox cases in the U.S.

BY: - May 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it’s likely the United States will see additional cases of monkeypox in the coming weeks, but officials cautioned that it’s harder to transmit the virus than it is to spread respiratory illnesses like COVID-19. Monkeypox, which is also spreading throughout Europe, has an incubation […]

COMMENTARY

With help of a Petersburg factory, a nonprofit drugmaker is taking aim at high insulin prices

BY: - May 11, 2022

By Jing Luo, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Doctors have been treating diabetes with insulin since 1922. A century later, about 1 in 5 of the 37 million Americans living with diabetes take this medication – a hormone that helps cells absorb sugar from the blood. This medication helps avert a host of medical problems […]

Navy, lawmakers investigate after suicides among crew at carrier in Newport News

BY: - May 4, 2022

The Navy is investigating three apparent suicides that happened last month among the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, currently docked for an extensive maintenance and overhaul in Newport News. The recent spate of suicides, which happened within one week in April, add to the tragic toll of the ship. Nine crew members […]

Youngkin denounces Supreme Court leak as Roe casts uncertainty over abortion in Virginia

BY: and - May 3, 2022

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday denounced the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade as an attempt to “cause chaos and to put pressure on justices and elected officials,” while reiterating his anti-abortion stance and his belief that abortion issues should be left to states to decide. “This was […]

Self-harm is rising among children and teens in Virginia, new report finds

BY: - May 2, 2022

Self-harm among children in Virginia — already rising before the COVID-19 pandemic — has continued to increase over the last two years, reinforcing concerns that the virus could exacerbate an existing mental health crisis. The data, released last week by the Virginia Department of Health, is part of a new push to highlight work by […]

Youngkin attends Virginia March for Life in nod to anti-abortion voters

BY: - April 27, 2022

Attendees at Virginia’s fourth March for Life were joined by an unexpected participant on Wednesday — Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who announced plans to join just a day before the annual anti-abortion event. “I’m the governor and I’m pro-life, so it wasn’t a hard decision,” he told a reporter in response to one of a few […]

William and Mary researchers find elevated radon levels in Williamsburg homes

BY: - April 27, 2022

WILLIAMSBURG — On the Environmental Protection Agency’s map of radon risks, Virginia’s coastal plain is a sunny shade of yellow.  Yellow is the best color to be on the radon map. Yellow is assigned to those areas that in 1993 the agency determined had the lowest potential for high levels of radon, a naturally occurring […]

One of Virginia’s poorest cities is also its least healthy, new rankings show

BY: - April 27, 2022

For the second year in a row, Petersburg ranked as the least healthy locality in Virginia while Falls Church took over first place. The rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute, are meant to offer an annual snapshot of more than 90 measures affecting health and […]

White House pushes COVID antiviral amid funding stalemate with Congress

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration hopes that a new push to get a COVID-19 antiviral into more pharmacies, along with getting the message through to doctors that it’s no longer in short supply, will help reduce hospitalizations. The plan to ship out more of the antiviral comes as Congress returns from a recess this week […]

State panel urges Bristol to close its local landfill after years of odor complaints

BY: - April 25, 2022

A panel of experts is urging Bristol, Virginia, to stop using its local landfill after finding nearly a dozen deficiencies linked to air pollution and foul odors at the site. Their report, released Monday by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality, caps off two years of complaints from city residents about steadily worsening air quality. […]