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Outdoor classroom moving forward at King Center in Charleston


Keys 4 Healthy Kids has received a $3,400 grant from the Capitol Conservation District to move forward with their work on an outdoor classroom near the Martin Luther King Junior Community Center in downtown Charleston.

Intakes reopened in Lincoln, St. Albans following water testing


An unknown foam found floating on the Coal River Friday is not a threat to local residents, officials said after initial lab tests, and water intake has resumed for the Lincoln Public Service District and the City of St....

Six hospitals lose Medicare funding over infection, injury rates


Six West Virginia hospitals will lose 1 percent of their Medicare reimbursement after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that each had high rates of potentially avoidable “hospital acquired condi...

With more insured, bill would let health departments charge for STD tests


For at least the third straight year, the West Virginia Legislature will consider a bill that would allow state and local public health agencies to bill for HIV and STD testing, something they are currently barred by sta...

16th W.Va. International Auto Show has cars for every taste


Have you ever wondered what a moonshiner’s car of choice is when delivering jars of their potent wares?

For Chico, one of the stars of the Discovery Channel TV series “Moonshiners,” it’s...

Tomblin talks drug abuse, treatment expansion in State of the State


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin heaped praise on West Virginia’s efforts to curb prescription drug and heroin abuse during his State of the State address Wednesday evening, announcing an additional $660,000 in funds dedicat...

Charleston native named WVU Health Sciences dean


A Charleston native will be the new vice president and executive dean of health sciences at West Virginia University, where he will oversee the medical school and the schools of dentistry, nursing, pharmacy and public he...

Women’s drug rehab center planned for Kanawha


The Healing Place of Huntington, one of West Virginia’s largest residential drug treatment facilities for men, announced plans Tuesday to establish a 100-bed treatment facility for women in Kanawha County.


Crafty carver: W.Va. man sculpts, despite loss of fingers


Back in the 1970s, Doug Lindsey began woodworking and, as with any hobby, he started out small.

His first piece? A monkey.


Highmark enrollment tops 31,000 through end of Dec.


According to West Virginia’s largest health insurer, 31,172 people have enrolled in individual health insurance plans with the company between Nov. 15 and Dec. 31.

The majority of that population are those ...

Thomas Hospital offers dance class for patients, public


Alicia Elam is now accepting walk-ins.

Elam, a local dance instructor with 17 years of experience, has partnered with Thomas Hospital to create an on-campus dance class for employees and the public. A six-week seri...

CAMC study looks at readmission causes among hip fracture patients


Dr. Fred Pollock remembers the conversation he had with a young internist that sparked his interest in keeping his patients from returning to Charleston Area Medical Center.

“He said he was interested in wha...

Questions surround insurance subsidies in W.Va.


West Virginians are in danger of losing as much as $235 million in federal health insurance subsidies in 2016 pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision, according to a minority staff report from the U.S. House of Representat...

Flu peaks in W.Va.; CDC declares epidemic


West Virginia is seeing outbreaks of one strain of influenza two months ahead of normal flu season, according to state officials.

The Centers for Disease Control an...

W.Va. ACA rolls: Of 12,000, more than half newly insured


Of the more than 12,000 West Virginians who have enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15, more than half are newly insured, according to an announcement Tuesday from the U...

HMOs reporting low medical spending, may have state money withheld


West Virginia’s three major health maintenance organizations spent too much on administrative costs in the first three quarters of the current fiscal year and are underperforming compared to other states, which co...

Five hospitals receive rate increases from Health Care Authority


Patients paying out-of-pocket or with private insurance in West Virginia can expect to pay a little more at five regional hospitals, which have received all or part of rate increases requested for their nongovernmental p...

Resigning KCHD director reflects on agency’s triumphs, trials


For Dr. Rahul Gupta, public health is not just about being prepared; it’s about being prepared to adapt — something he learned on his second day as health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Departmen...

Information tech bolsters healthcare at Thomas


In his line of work, Mark Boggs has operated under an age-old guiding principle — with a twist.

“It’s not whether the big eat the small; it’s whether the fast eat the slow,” he s...

Must sign up by today for health coverage beginning Jan. 1


Today is the last day to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange in order to avoid forfeiting coverage for the month of January.

Those who do not sign up for insurance before the end o...

Wreath ceremony honors veterans at Donel Kinnard cemetery


They walked solemnly in twos, each pair carrying a wreath, placing them side-by-side until seven wreaths stood sentinel in the freezing rain at Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery on Saturday.

The fir...

Kanawha health board launches director search


The Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health has appointed two of its members to serve as interim director and interim health officer for the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department after accepting the resignation of Dr. Rahul Gu...

Needy parents and expectant mothers turn to Gabriel Project


Lauren is young and overwhelmed — not only is her pregnancy unplanned, but she is expecting triplets in early 2015.

For Lauren, caring for one child on her income would prove difficult, but the prospect of b...

Osteopathic school earns regional accreditation


The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine has received full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, a five-year process that has afforded them regional and institutional accreditation and could allow them...

Charleston ceremony honors Pearl Harbor survivors, casualties


Wetzel Sanders was 17 years old when, on July 12, 1941, he enlisted in the United States Army.

“I ran off from home when I joined the Army; when my family found out where I was at, I was at boot camp in Hawa...

Restaurant recognized for water crisis charity


For Tim Hopkins, the Jan. 9 chemical leak that contaminated the water for his Elkview restaurant and for hundreds of thousands of residents was more than a disaster — it was an opportunity to take care of his own ...

Gabriel Project helps pregnant women, families


Brian works in a low-paying job and has trouble affording necessities for his child — he can’t afford a crib, so his son sleeps with him in his bed. Items as basic as diapers, formula and clothing for the b...

Advocates still want more patient access at psych hospitals


The Department of Health and Human Resources is raising pay for employees at its two psychiatric hospitals, as ordered by a judge, but DHHR and patient advocates still disagree on how much authority advocates can have in...

Charleston native creates pillow for women


In August of last year, Marnie Rustemeyer received the medical test results that would change her life — and teach her the true meaning of the phrase “the healing power of sleep.”

Rustemeyer, a...

Local artist, 93, holds final Charleston art sale


Rosalie Atkins would tell her two young children bedtime stories each night, and as she spoke, she drew — sweeping illustrations that sprawled to each corner of a large chalkboard.

“I would draw the c...

Covenant House to offer free HIV testing for World AIDS Day


There are an estimated 2,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in West Virginia — a number that includes the roughly 400 who don’t know they’re infected with the virus, and the population Covenant House ho...