HEALTH

Virginia’s psychiatric hospitals are dangerously full. Though considered safest when operating at 85 percent capacity, often nearly every single bed is taken.Yet at any given time, many of those patients have been deemed ready for discharge, but they remain in the hospital because they have nowhere else to go.In...
The frequently asked questions page on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' website says it best."Feral hogs are four-legged ecological disasters."Earlier this week the “30-50 feral hogs” meme swarmed the internet, an unexpected by-product of the nationwide gun debate.But in many parts of the country, including Virginia,...
Methamphetamine arrests and overdose deaths are climbing in Virginia, reflecting a national trend amid a crackdown on opioids.Seizures of methamphetamine spiked between 2017 and 2018, NPR reported, marking a national resurgence of the highly addictive stimulant that Virginia has also seen.Preliminary data from the Office of the Chief Medical...
Amtrak Train 93 was already an hour late when it headed south out of Washington bound for Norfolk the other evening. Many passengers – including me – just longed for a cozy bed to envelop them as we got closer to Hampton Roads. The Petersburg station, the penultimate stop...
ALEXANDRIA — Of the 303,768 people who have signed up for Medicaid since Virginia expanded the program at the start of the year, nearly 230,000 have already used a health service, like visiting a doctor or filling a prescription, according to state health officials.Virginia hit the 300,000 enrollees mark...
The cause of the seven cows’ deaths wasn’t immediately clear.All of the animals died between late summer and fall of 2017 in Albemarle County, the prosperous, semi-agricultural county that surrounds the city of Charlottesville. Another cow on the property, sick but alive, was found with signs of anemia, weakness...
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...