HEALTH

For Kim Bobo, co-executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the issue is simple."How can we call ourselves a civilized society and not allow people to take a few days of paid sick time for themselves or their kids?" she said.The Richmond-based, nonprofit organization is working...
An intestinal illness that most commonly afflicts people living in tropical regions has infected nearly 40 people in Virginia.The Department of Health issued a news release notifying state residents that an increase in cases of cyclosporiasis that began in mid-June has persisted, with 39 confirmed cases compared to a...
Sixty-five percent of deaths by suicide among members of the military in 2017 involved a firearm, according to a new Department of Defense report.Drugs and alcohol, though, were the most frequently reported methods of attempted suicide.The report might reignite discussions within the military around limiting access to firearms to...
The Virginia Department of Health has received an increased number of reports of respiratory illnesses this summer, it said in a release.The department warned state residents and health providers about the uptick in diseases, which include influenza, Legionnaire’s disease, pneumonia and pertussis, or whooping cough.Each of the illnesses have...
A federal judge ordered the release of a massive Drug Enforcement Administration dataset detailing just how big of a role drug companies and pharmacies have played in the country’s opioid epidemic.The data, according to the Washington Post, tracks the path of each pain pill sold in the country. Though...
Remote Area Medical, which has provided free dental, medical, vision and veterinary care to people at a yearly clinic in Wise County for two decades, says starting next year it will pull out of the area to serve "other communities in need across the United States."Just last month, more...
WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are warning that a looming court decision could upend the Affordable Care Act and leave millions of Americans without health insurance.The case -- argued Tuesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana -- has put the fate of the...
It was a little more than a year before he’d lose Virginia and win the presidency that Donald Trump promised a crowd at Richmond International Raceway, “We’re going to repeal Obamacare, and replace it with something that’s going to be terrific.” Today, nearly four years later, there is no replacement...
WISE — Nina Black has been coming to Remote Area Medical’s clinic in Wise for at least 12 of the 20 years it’s been running. This year was different: Black was one of about 290,000 Virginians covered under the state’s new Medicaid expansion, making 2019 the first time she’s...
Virginia's Medicaid agency on Monday outlined its strategy to meet Gov. Ralph Northam's announced goal to end the racial disparity in maternal mortality by 2025.In Virginia, black women are three times more likely than their white counterparts to suffer a pregnancy-associated death. That is due to a variety of...