HEALTH

A U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling Monday upholding Virginia laws mandating an ultrasound and 24-hour waiting period prior to receiving an abortion, but striking down portions of a law mandating hospital-style building standards in clinics."The Court recognizes that the waiting period following the ultrasound adds a logistical...
In recent weeks, several states have settled opioid lawsuits brought against Purdue Pharma. Virginia isn't one them.Attorney General Mark Herring said in a release he won’t agree to a settlement until it’s in the “best interest of Virginians” and Purdue and the Sacklers “must face real, significant, personal accountability.”The...
State officials got their first look Monday at a fleet of modern new SUVs that will begin to replace the police cars that currently transport subjects of involuntary mental health detentions to psychiatric hospitals around the state.The new program has two aims: To lessen the burden on local police...
Lee County’s first Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic took place in 2014, one year after the county’s community hospital closed down.Now, even as the shuttered hospital prepares to reopen its doors as an urgent care center, RAM is gearing up to once again deliver free dental, vision and medical...
For months, a mysterious group called “Doctor Patient Unity” has targeted U.S. Rep. Ben Cline, R-Rockbridge, in a steady barrage of social media ads encouraging him to oppose bipartisan legislation to end surprise medical bills.At the end of last week, The New York Times reported that two private equity-backed...
NORFOLK — State, local and mental health officials – led by Gov. Ralph Northam – broke ground Tuesday on a $224 million hospital to treat children and teenagers who suffer from mental illness. It’s a population that now struggles to find services across Virginia because of a dearth of such...
By Karen S. Rheuban, M.D.Remote patient monitoring may not ring a bell to most but, then again, neither did the term MRI before the mid-1990s.Much like the groundbreaking impact that medical-imaging technologies such as MRI and CT scans have had on patient diagnostics, RPM has the potential to revolutionize...
At this point, most people have either gotten stuck with a surprise medical bill they thought would be covered by their health insurance or know someone who has.And during a two-and-a-half-hour hearing on the issue before the State Corporation Commission on Thursday, Judge Mark Christie made clear he falls...
The Virginia Board of Health is considering rolling back strict rules surrounding certain types of abortion, a move advocates hope would expand access to the procedure, particularly in rural parts of the state.New regulations under review distinguish surgical and medication-only abortions for the first time, exempting providers of medication-only...
Three cases of a severe lung illness associated with vaping have been reported in Virginia, the state Health Department reported Monday in a warning about the risks of e-cigarettes.As of last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had identified 193 potential cases of the vaping-related lung illness...