Health Archive

Va. health board reverses course on building codes for existing abortion clinics

RICHMOND The Virginia Board of Health voted Thursday night to reverse hospital-style rules and building codes for abortion clinics, delivering a setback to abortion foes.

Fewer in Virginia going without health coverage

Virginia's uninsured population shrank in the most recent U.S. census report, but by only half the rate that the nation as a whole experienced. People who were uninsured fell to 10.9 percent of Virginia's population in 2014 from 12.3 percent in 2013, according to a report released this week. That's a 1.4 percentage point drop.

In new ad campaign, Virginia Hospital association warns of financial challenges

RICHMOND The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association held a news conference today to announce a statewide awareness campaign highlighting financial challenges to the industry. The effort includes TV and radio ads.

FDA halts sales of 4 R.J. Reynolds cigarette brands

WASHINGTON The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday banned sales of four cigarette brands from R.J. Reynolds because they did not meet the agency's safety review requirements.

Class teaches about mental illness in kids

VIRGINIA BEACH The Virginia Beach affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a six-week class for parents and caregivers of school-age children who have mental illness. The class starts Sept. 24 at the Pembroke 3 office building, 289 Independence Blvd.

Dare County to adopt battle plan to fight prescription-drug abuse

NAGS HEAD, N.C. Dare County groups plan to embrace a model started in North Carolina to slow rampant abuse of narcotic pain medicines such as oxycodone. "People need medicines. We just want to make sure they take them responsibly," Fred Brason, director of Project Lazarus, said to a group of about 100 people gathered at the Jennette's Pier conference room Thursday.

Officials: West Nile Virus found in high number of mosquitoes in Va. Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH Seven mosquito samples in the city have tested positive for West Nile virus, a higher-than-average number, the city's Public Works Mosquito Control Biology Lab announced Friday. Seven is normally the average for an entire mosquito season.

A much lower blood pressure goal will save lives, study finds

Aggressive treatment of high blood pressure can sharply cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and deaths in people 50 and older, according to a landmark federal study released Friday that urges doctors to bring their patients' blood pressure well below the commonly recommended target.

State issues allergen warning for Davis Bakery products

Consumers with food allergies should watch out for products from Davis Bakery in Richmond, state health officials said Friday.    An inspection of the business found seven of their baked good offerings with undeclared wheat, milk, soy and nut allergins. The products are sold in grocery and convenience stores accross the state.

Bon Secours breaking ground on Suffolk medical center

SUFFOLK Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System is breaking ground in Suffolk on its newest medical facility. The Bon Secours Harbour View Medical Plaza will house the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at Harbour View. The groundbreaking event takes place Thursday. Speakers include Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson and Bon Secours senior leadership.

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