HEALTH

Update: After this story was published, the federal judge vacated his decision on Virginia's physician-only law, saying he wants to hear more evidence during trial. Read more here.  News of legislatures in Georgia, Alabama and Ohio either considering or passing laws restricting access to abortions have dominated national headlines in...
Since October, about 1,000 Virginia patients have accessed either birth control or urinary-tract infection treatment from their smart phones, thanks to the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood's new app. Patients can download the app — which was developed by the national Planned Parenthood organization — and fill out a health...
When someone in Virginia has a mental health crisis and a magistrate issues a temporary detention order to involuntarily hold them for treatment, law enforcement must take them to an available hospital bed. So the patient is put in the back of a police vehicle, often handcuffed even though the...
Emily Cadden’s favorite shift is Tuesday nights. While most government employees are packing up to go home, Cadden, a health educator with the Richmond City Health District, is preparing to conduct free sexually transmitted disease tests. “A lot of patients end up thanking us for providing this service and say...
Gov. Ralph Northam on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have made it a felony homicide to sell, distribute, manufacture or gift drugs that cause a fatal overdose. The legislation was condemned by some groups who argued it would penalize those struggling with addiction for giving or selling drugs to...
For the first time since 2012, the number of fatal drug overdoses in Virginia fell last year, according to the Fatal Drug Overdose Quarterly Report, which shows 17 fewer opioid deaths and a spike in methamphetamine and cocaine fatalities, due largely to the deadliness of fentanyl. The report, compiled by...
If necessity is the mother of invention, she certainly had a hand in the formation of the Old Dominion Pharmaceutical Association more than 70 years ago. A group of black Virginia pharmacists — barred from joining the state's longstanding professional pharmacist association due to segregation — united their visions and...
A new report by the American Lung Association found that more cities across the country had high days of ozone and short-term particle pollution between 2015 and 2017 compared to 2014-16, and that Northern Virginia's struggles with air pollutants have continued. In its 20th annual State of the Air report,...
The hepatitis A outbreak that has spread across 18 states, infecting over 15,000 people, has crept into Virginia. According to the state's Department of Health, there have been 45 cases reported in Virginia as of the beginning of this week, a 132 percent increase in cases compared to this time...
Despite courts blocking Medicaid work requirements in other states, Virginia's proposed program is still slowly working its way toward federal approval. The state expects the federal government will sign off on its work requirement program no later than the summer, said Karen Kimsey, chief deputy director of the Department of...