Health Archive

Auvi-Q injectors recalled after 26 reports of malfunctions

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. Sanofi is recalling hundreds of thousands of epinephrine injectors used to treat severe allergic reactions because they may not deliver the correct amount of the life-saving drug. The recall includes all Auvi-Q injections currently on the U.S. market, or roughly 490,000 packs of the devices, the company said in a press release. Most packs include two injectors.

Health insurance enrollment is here: What you need to know

The season to sign up for 2016 health insurance is here, and most people will see a trend of premiums increasing moderately and deductibles, co-payments and surcharges growing at a faster clip.

Patient numbers lagging at Hampton University proton therapy center

HAMPTON The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute has treated a fraction of the cancer patients it was expected to serve since it treated its first patient in September 2010. The institute blames several reasons for the lower-than-anticipated number of patients, including increasing competition and decreasing insurance reimbursements, among other factors, according to The Daily Press.

New health overhaul challenge reaching Supreme Court

WASHINGTON Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are taking yet another challenge to the law to the Supreme Court, and say they will be back with more if this one fails.

With chemo behind Jane Gardner, life ahead pairs hope with worry

It's the Friday after her last chemotherapy session, and Jane Gardner has a "first day of the rest of my life" air about her.
The former local TV anchor is free from weekly infusions and daily shots.
There have been losses - her eyelashes, for instance - and most of her hair.

Rabid raccoon involved in fight with dogs in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE Health officials are warning pet owners in the Pleasant Grove area that a rabid raccoon fought with several dogs earlier this week. It happened Tuesday on New Zealand Ranch Road, according to a news release from the Chesapeake Health Department. The dogs had current vaccinations but were given booster shots and are being quarantined, the release says.

Skunk found in James City County tests positive for rabies

JAMES CITY COUNTY Health officials are warning residents in the 4000 block of Centerville Road that a skunk found in that area tested positive for rabies. The skunk was found in the area near the intersection of Centerville and News Road, according to a news release from the Peninsula Health District.

American Cancer Society's new guideline reduces annual mammograms

The American Cancer Society is dialing back its long-standing recommendation that women over 40 have annual mammograms, a shift that is likely to be controversial. The organization is reducing the recommended frequency of mammograms to screen for breast cancer and the age range, advising that women 40 to 44 talk with their doctors to decide when to begin having them.

Virginia Beach walk gives voice to children without one

VIRGINIA BEACH Danielle and Keith Jones can't wait for the day their 3-year-old son, Christopher, is able to say the words "I love you" to them. But for now, every word he says is a miracle. Christopher was diagnosed with apraxia in May. "But we suspected something since he was 2 years old," said Danielle Jones, who lives in Salem Woods.

Raccoon found in Norfolk was positive for rabies

NORFOLK A raccoon found on Wednesday in the 1300 block of Daniel Ave. has tested positive for rabies. The Norfolk Department of Public Health said there were no human exposures and a dog that found the raccoon was up-to-date on its vaccinations.

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