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W.Va. hospitals send suspected enterovirus cases to CDC

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Several suspected cases of Enterovirus-D68, an upper respiratory illness similar to the common cold but with more potential for severe symptoms, have been or are set to be reported by West Virginia hospitals to the feder...

Feds announce $5.7 million award for W.Va. health centers

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday 25 health centers in West Virginia will be awarded a total of more than $5.7 million to hire more employees and expand primary care services.

The aw...

Health-care quality project launches in W.Va.

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Choosing Wisely, a national initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, is a program geared toward ensuring that health-care providers are providing the right treatments when necessary. More than 60...

Drug abuse tops county leaders’ concerns for community health

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Community leaders across Kanawha County have overwhelmingly identified illegal street and prescription drug abuse as the biggest behavioral health issues in the area, results of a survey conducted as part of a national s...

Seniors rally prompts pledges from lawmakers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Nearly 60 state legislators lined the steps of the West Virginia Capitol Tuesday morning, where each approached a podium one by one, rang the bell placed there, and addressed the crowd:

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Children’s shelter trying to raise money for new home

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When water system problems forced the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia to rent an office trailer for workers at its Lewisburg emergency child shelter, representatives of the agency knew something had to be...

Strom Studios offers expanded acting courses in new permanent home

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Early this winter, a burst pipe flooded the space that Dennis and Kelly Strom had been using as their actors’ studio. The couple, who had held their acting and stage design classes in many places over the years, n...

CVS tobacco ban could help dissuade West Virginia smokers

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The move by the nation’s second-largest pharmacy chain to remove tobacco products from its stores can only be good news for the state with the second-highest rate of smokers in the nation, according to West Virgin...

Y tennis director picks up trash on walks

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — What started back in January as a walk for his health has taken Ron Williams down a quite a few Charleston roads, where he has collected many “tokens” from travelers and residents...

Website offers medical cost comparisons for W.Va.

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More than 15 million Americans were covered by high-deductible insurance plans as of January 2013, according to America’s Health Insurance Plans — a marked jump from the one million covered by similar plans...

Body found in Kanawha River across from Capitol

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A 13-year-old boy found a dead body on the banks of the Kanawha River, near the University of Charleston on Sunday afternoon.

Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department, said the bod...

CAMC authorizes joint venture for cancer center radiation services

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The Charleston Area Medical Center board of trustees approved entering into a joint venture with Alliance HealthCare Services, a national diagnostic radiology provider, and Charleston Radiation Therapy Consultants to pro...

 WVU Dental School low in in-state enrollment, applicants

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The percentage of West Virginia residents enrolled in the West Virginia University School of Dentistry’s Doctor of Dental Surgery program has fallen sharply in the past three years, but according to representative...

Most opposed abortion clinic probe, activists say

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An analysis of public comments made during Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s review of West Virginia abortion clinics has found that most in-state respondents opposed the probe, according to WV FREE, the state&#...

Health report: W.Va.’s anti-smoking policies must be stricter

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West Virginia will need to see drastic changes in policy and community engagement if the state hopes to reduce smoking rates that have remained stagnant, according to a study published by local health officials.

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 DHHR files for emergency stay in psych hospitals case

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The Department of Health and Human Resources has requested an emergency stay through the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals regarding orders entered in the ongoing court battle surrounding its two psychiatric hospita...

‘Sky’s the Limit’ youth program boosts health, education in McDowell County

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It all started with a question — one that has been answered by children, parents and community leaders in Northfork and Keystone, in rural McDowell County.

"If 'the sky is the limit,' how would you impr...

Less insurer competition, more health issues raise health insurance rates in W.Va. 

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A lack of competition in West Virginia's 2013-14 Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace contributed to higher average premiums for consumers than in states with more participating insurers, according to a new s...

Kanawha health department vaccinates hundreds during back-to-school clinics

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 High school sophomore Jessica Light was registering for classes at Charleston Catholic High School Tuesday when employees at the school found a problem with her paperwork -- she was missing her varicella booster va...

Devil Dogs donate $23,000 to local children’s hospital

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 The "Devil Dogs" were angels in disguise Thursday, and they were looking out for the youngest patients at Charleston Area Medical Center's Women and Children's Hospital.

The Marine Corps League Mili...

Panel discusses impact of Hobby Lobby case in W.Va.

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The Rev. Mel Hoover thinks of it like a baseball game.

“Three umpires are having a conversation, and they ask the question: how do you call balls and strikes? The first umpire says ‘I call the balls b...

 Drug-addicted mothers an ‘epidemic’ in W.Va.

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Holly Jordan and Michelle Kosa have seen what drug addiction does to women and their children — women who avoid doctors well into their third trimester, teenagers with nowhere to turn for help and addicts, arreste...

DHHR’s psych hospital plan OK’d

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Kanawha County Circuit Judge Duke Bloom approved a plan to alleviate staff shortages at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ two psychiatric hospitals during a hearing Friday, dismissing pot...

Provider-sponsored network expands to Medicaid

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Many of West Virginia’s federally qualified health centers and some primary-care clinics will be able to treat Medicaid managed-care recipients beginning Sept. 1.

West Virginia Fam...

Try This! grants target healthy community changes

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RIPLEY — The trail begins with a sharp slope that quickly levels into a small clearing banked by trees, many of them marked by small signs meant to inform interested hikers of their sc...

Church’s outdoor fridge raises questions in Ravenswood

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RAVENSWOOD — Last weekend, the Rev. Shauna Hyde and the congregants at First United Methodist Church in Ravenswood plugged in what they all thought would be a great way to allow unrest...

Medicare drug discounts save W.Va. seniors $12 million

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More than 15,000 West Virginia seniors have saved a collective $12 million so far this year through a provision of the Affordable Care Act designed to close the coverage gap for those who had previously paid the full pri...

Nearly $1 million in insurance refunds coming to W.Va.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than $900,000 in refunds from insurance companies are headed to 8,300 people in West Virginia.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwel...

Policy workshops target causes of child poverty

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HURRICANE -- U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin told a room full of policymakers from across the state Thursday that West Virginians have the power to tackle any problems facing them because "we truly care about each other...

CAMC Foundation surpasses cancer center goal

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The Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation surpassed its $15 million fundraising goal for the hospital system's new cancer center by a quarter of a million dollars, thanks in part to a push to attract new donors, Foun...

W.Va. customers’ health insurance subsidies in peril

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A ruling issued by a federal appeals court Tuesday has called into question whether West Virginia will be able to offer health insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act.

In its decision, the U.S. Court of...

Health Right expands mission to Medicaid, Medicare patients

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WV Health Right, West Virginia’s largest free medical clinic, has seen some changes since it began accepting Medicare and Medicaid patients with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but the mission of the agenc...

With boost from foundation, CAMC serving local, healthy food

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Among its four hospitals, Charleston Area Medical Center serves 2.5 million meals a year — or, as Mike Marinaro sees it, 2.5 million opportunities to positively influence the eating habits of West Virginians.

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