HEALTH

After initially mulling a blanket prohibition on vape products in Virginia’s soon-to-launch medical marijuana market, the Virginia Board of Pharmacy is instead pursuing an emergency ban on one ingredient sometimes found in black-market products, vitamin E acetate.The sticky additive is thought to be responsible for thousands of vaping-related injuries...
Black women in Virginia are three times more likely to die after giving birth than white women, a disparity Gov. Ralph Northam has said he wants to eliminate by 2025.To do that, Northam has come up with a $22 million, two-year plan he introduced Monday in a room of...
Facing soaring health care costs, inmate deaths linked to shoddy care and a subsequent federal lawsuit with no end in sight, Virginia’s prison system is turning to the state’s university hospital systems for help.It’s a partnership that could end with the University of Virginia Health System taking over the...
By Simon F. HaederMedical bankruptcy has been a talking point for many Democratic candidates as they make their individual cases for health care reform. This begs a few questions about how widespread these bankruptcies are and what causes them. 1. How big a problem is medical bankruptcy? Medical bankruptcy, which refers to...
A national study of health care costs released Thursday confirmed what many workers already know from looking at their pay stubs: Premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored healthcare plans are rising faster than wages.The average Virginia worker’s out of pocket cost amounted to nearly 11 percent of the state’s median...
Making policy is often pretty bland and frustrating. Long hours and detailed analyses often lead to an endless spool of problems to solve, and results that can take decades to fully grasp. A hundred years ago, Max Weber called it the “strong and slow boring of hard boards,” and...
At a time when involuntary admissions to state mental hospitals are spiking, a review by state inspectors found that nearly half of the state's 13 facilities do not have an approved policy that limits hours or consecutive days of overtime for increasingly overworked nurses and other staff. The report...
Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit Thursday against the manufacturer of powerful prescription pain killers sold in lollipop form.The Food and Drug Administration approved the product only for cancer patients experiencing otherwise untreatable pain, but Herring alleges Teva Pharmaceutical and its predecessor, Cephalon, promoted them to doctors for...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats failed on Wednesday to overturn a Trump administration policy that allows states to ignore certain requirements of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Democrats forced a Senate floor vote on a resolution that sought to unravel the controversial Trump administration health care rule. Maine Republican...
By Eric Everington/ Capital News Service After a spike in deaths during the first half of the year, Virginia officials are projecting a record number of drug overdose fatalities in 2019. Data released Friday by Virginia’s chief medical examiner shows a big increase in deaths between January and June from overdoses of...