HEALTH

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...
The best way Jordan Siebert knows to describe it is simple: chaos.The 39-year-old Richmond woman has battled drug use on-and-off since she was an adolescent and she’s seen overdoses. She’s seen strangers carry an unconscious woman from a room. She’s been the subject of those emergency calls for help.“There’s...
When Ailment Wellness Medical Center in Fredericksburg began advertising itself last year as a place patients could see a “medical marijuana doctor,” staff members say the phone started ringing and didn’t stop.“We actually had to have Verizon come in and install two more lines,” says office manager Missy Miles....
FLOYD — Becky Silvey has seen it all.The Franklin County mother has raised three children who have faced challenges ranging from addiction to autism to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. She’s struggled with a troubled marriage while navigating the school and criminal justice systems to advocate for her children. At one point,...
By Matthew ConoverJust this month, I helped care for a man who passed away peacefully in the night.It should have been a time of solemn mourning and perhaps relief for the family, who had seen their loved one suffer for weeks. But shortly after stepping out the room where...
So far, Virginia has been spared from the blossoming measles outbreaks that have spread to 15 states, the second-largest number seen in the U.S. since the disease was eliminated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Public health officials say they're always on high alert for...
Gigi Grogan was named after Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, a Catholic pediatrician who refused an abortion despite the threat pregnancy posed to her life. Molla died in 1962, a week after her child was born.Grogan, a student at Virginia Tech and leader of the college’s Students for Life chapter,...
Editor's note: First in an occasional series explaining Virginia's policy debates.A news release that Gov. Ralph Northam issued in late March couldn't have come as much of a surprise to anyone. It mirrored another from last year, in which he explained why he vetoed a string of health care...