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State, hospital reps talk heart disease, prevention

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As American Heart Month draws to a close, state officials and health care providers in the Mountain State are looking toward a future in which West Virginians “move the needle” to reduce their risk of cardi...

Amended version of nursing bill passes committee

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The state Senate Health and Human Resources committee voted to approve proposed legislation that expands the scope of practice for advanced-practice registered nurses Thursday evening, after making changes to a bill that...

Legislative forum targets childhood poverty

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The Our Children, Our Future legislative forum for Kanawha County Thursday evening looked like an after-school program, with dozens of kids participating in a Zumba class, activities and dinner at the East End Family Res...

Nurses bill in limbo after committee again cancels meeting

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Advanced-practice registered nurses from across West Virginia waited in a small committee room in the state Capitol for the second consecutive day Tuesday, hopeful that the Senate Health and Human Resources committee wou...

CAMC discusses looming Medicare losses

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Charleston Area Medical Center will “need to be more creative” over the next decade in order to address projected shortfalls in funding caused by the Medicare reimbursement cuts helping to fund the Affordab...

AstraZeneca Foundation gives nearly $200K to Health Right obesity program

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WV Health Right, the state’s largest free medical clinic, is one of three health providers across Appalachia that will receive a six-figure grant from the AstraZeneca Health-Care Foundation to implement a year-lon...

Social services workers bear heavy caseloads despite state recommendations

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Some county-level human services and social workers employed by the Department of Health and Human Resources are handling twice as many cases as the caseload standards outlined by the agency several years ago, despite pr...

W.Va. last again in national well-being survey

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For the sixth year in a row, West Virginia trails behind its fellow states in terms of overall well-being, earning last place in a survey released by Gallup on Thursday.

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, base...

Shelters prep for sub-zero temperatures

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Of the more than 300,000 people living in the Kanawha Valley, Traci Strickland is most concerned for about 50 of them this week — the people who have been identified as homeless and unsheltered in a January census...

State ACA sign-ups top 33,000 in latest enrollment period

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More than 33,000 West Virginians signed up or re-enrolled in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act marketplace during the latest enrollment period, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announ...

Health care safety expert talks patient involvement at UC lecture series

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In the 50 years he has spent in the health-care field, Jim Conway has seen — both personally and professionally — medicine’s power to both harm and heal, and the role patient involvement plays in aff...

W.Va. pediatricians urge vaccines amid measles outbreak

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The “most infectious contagious disease” circulating today is making a comeback in the U.S. nearly 15 years after it was declared “eradicated,” and West Virginia pediatricians are on alert.

Ruby Memorial designated as Ebola treatment center

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West Virginia University Hospitals’ Ruby Memorial has been designated as an Ebola Treatment Center by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and now serves as one of 55 such centers in the country and the...

Outgoing Tamarack Foundation director reflects on the art of giving

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Back in 2003, Sally Barton was approached with a unique career opportunity — the opportunity to lead the Tamarack Artisan Foundation, created that year to support West Virginia artisans and help them to thrive.

W.Va. soars to No. 1 spot for school breakfast

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West Virginia ranks No. 1 in the country for the number of schoolchildren it serves breakfast, according to a scorecard released by the Food Research and Action Center — a marked improvement o...

Senate health committee passes altered vaccine bill

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The state Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources accepted an amended substitute of Senate bill 286 that committee lawmakers say “strengthens vaccination laws” in West Virginia on Thursday, an...

Enrollment surge expected as insurance deadline nears

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With less than a week to go before the 2015 deadline to sign up under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment numbers for West Virginia have leveled off, but health officials predict the state will see a surge in sign-ups si...

Woman celebrates 30, decades after fatal diagnosis

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The American Legion post in St. Albans was a hot spot for celebrities Saturday evening, with everyone from Steven Spielberg to Alan Jackson strutting their stuff for a special, star-studded red carpet affair.

But t...

Local dentist recognized for work in implants

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In a state where more than one third of those over the age of 35 are missing teeth, finding a reason to smile can be tough, but one Charleston dentist is trying to treat the problem — tooth by tooth.

Dr. Ma...

Gupta: 97% immunization rate has W.Va. ready for measles outbreak

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Although an ongoing measles outbreak has not reached West Virginia, government officials are gearing up to deal with the possibility that it might spread to the Mountain State.

Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the ...

Putnam health board mulls inspection fees

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WINFIELD -- At its next regular meeting in April, the Putnam County Board of Health will consider implementing fees for its restaurant inspections in order to generate additional revenue for the recovering agency.

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Zando to retire, Barton to assume lead for Thomas Foundation

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Sandy Zando will retire as executive director of the Thomas Foundation, the fundraising arm of Thomas Health System, in April after a decade at its helm.

Zando, a former senior vice president of United Bank, had 22...

DHHR funding for community mental health services questioned

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Concern about funding for the comprehensive behavioral health centers that partner with the state to provide outside mental health services for state psychiatric patients has prompted the Department of Health and Human R...

Senate backs off vaccine religious exemptions with new bill

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A bill introduced last month to allow religious exemptions in state school vaccination policy has been stripped of all language regarding non-medical exemptions for West Virginia students, though stakeholders say parts o...

JAM Day encourages exercise, healthy lifestyles

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Hundreds of thousands of children and adults in West Virginia and across the country will drop what they’re doing for at least one minute next week and exercise in unison to promote healthy lifestyles year-round. ...

Stopping the spread of flu: tips for school-aged children

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The flu is making the rounds early this year, but Kanawha County Schools has been working to combat its spread from the start, according to the district’s lead nurse.

Brenda Isaac, the lead school nurse for ...

CAMC officials laud rating from national company

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Charleston Area Medical Center is among the top 5 percent of best-performing hospitals in the country for the second year in a row, chief quality officer Dale Wood told CAMC’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday.

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Outdoor classroom moving forward at King Center in Charleston

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

His first piece? A monkey.

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Highmark enrollment tops 31,000 through end of Dec.

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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

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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

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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.

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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...