HEALTH

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have been rising in Virginia and across the country, with data showing sharp increases in these sexually-transmitted diseases year-over-year since 2013.And so far this year, that trend has yet to stop, according to Virginia's preliminary 2018 data.Already the state has more gonorrhea cases...
New U.S. Census Bureau data shows Virginia's uninsured rate held steady in 2017 at 8.8 percent, according to the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond nonprofit policy research group.The figures represent a total 3.5 percent reduction in the uninsured rate since 2013, just before the Affordable Care Act...
Joining a growing list of counties and cities in Virginia, the city of Virginia Beach filed a lawsuit today against the drug companies it claims are responsible for the opioid epidemic gripping the state.The city follows in the footsteps of more than a dozen other Virginia localities, mostly in...
For swimmers at Lake Anna, summer ended early this year.The lake, located about an hour northwest of Richmond, has been home to algae blooms that can cause rashes and gastrointestinal illness, particularly in the northern Pamunkey and North Anna branches in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. A bloom was...
Between 2008 and 2017, Purdue Pharma pumped opioids into Virginia, lying about the highly addictive quality of the prescription painkillers that have resulted in a seemingly unstoppable opioid epidemic, Attorney General Mark Herring claims.Herring filed a complaint against Purdue in the Circuit Court of Tazewell County early this morning,...
ROCKY MOUNT — One of the patients the Free Clinic of Franklin County sent to Dr. Brian Alexander had a hole in the roof of her mouth.A dentist, Alexander has cared for dozens of low-income patients referred to him by the free clinic over the last several years.But that...
Since the opioid epidemic began, policy makers have been trying to stop the torrent of highly addictive painkillers that providers began pouring into the general population in the 1990s.But clamping down on prescriptions is not as simple as it might seem. As Virginia nails down regulations that could prevent...
Virginia has seen 12 human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, the state's Department of Health reported Tuesday.Last year, Virginia had 13 West Nile cases, up from only eight in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The number of West Nile cases vary...
It's that time of year again, and Virginia's college campuses are swarming with students who might gain a lot over the next semester: hopefully some knowledge, maybe a few pounds and possibly mumps.So far, there have been 157 cases of mumps this year, more than three times the typical...
All over the state, Virginia residents have been quick to condemn this year's especially wet summer. But those torrential downpours might be why you have fewer mosquito bites on your arm.As the climate grows steadily warmer, the risk of increased illness from heat-loving insects like mosquitoes grows with it....