PMH dedicates pulmonary rehab center

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People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may breathe a little easier as Preston Memorial Hospital on Thursday dedicated the Grace Anne Dorney Pulmonary Rehab Center.

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Free diabetes classes set for April, May

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Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is partnering with two organizations in the Beckley area to provide free diabetes education.

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Give blood with Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood or platelets during National Volunteer Month this April. Eligible donors of all blood types — especially type O — are needed to help ensure blood products are available for patients this spring.

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Marshall Medical Outreach plans visit to Charleston

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Marshall Medical Outreach (MMO), a student-created and student-run initiative established at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in 2011 to deliver medical care for those who don’t have it, will visit Charleston’s West Side for a special clinic later this month.

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WVU Medicine ranked among best hospitals in the world by Newsweek

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For WVU Medicine, the focus on increasing the quality of care for the state’s patients and research into addressing health issues affecting the people of West Virginia have paid off, as the medical center was recently recognized by Newsweek as being among the world’s best hospitals.

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Health effects of eggs: Where do we stand?

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Are eggs good for you or not? The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the nutrient-dense food as a source of protein, but an article in JAMA this month made a stir when it reported an association between eating eggs and an increased risk of heart disease and early death.

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Pollen season arrives in the Mountain State

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Pollen is an unavoidable fact of life for anyone who plans on taking one breath or more outside this spring — a primal annoyance plaguing life since plant reproduction and human respiration first crossed paths.

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Nitro continues wellness program

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In a continued effort to assist citizens of Nitro and the surrounding areas to live healthier lifestyles, the city of Nitro is continuing its Get Out and Move physical fitness campaign through June.

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Many Guidelines For Heart Care Rely On Weak Evidence

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Doctors turn to professional guidelines to help them identify the latest thinking on appropriate medical treatments, but a study out Friday finds that in the realm of heart disease, most of those guidelines aren't based on the highest level of evidence.

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Daily low-dose aspirin no longer recommended as heart attack preventative for older adults

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If you're a healthy older adult looking for ways to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, don't turn to that age-old standby: daily low-dose aspirin. It's no longer recommended as a preventative for older adults who don't have a high risk or existing heart disease, according to guidelines announced Sunday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

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Marshall wins designation as a research institution

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Marshall University's new classification as an "R-2" research institution places the university in the same category as prestigious research universities like Wake Forest and Baylor, and officials hope it will help attract even more talented minds to Huntington.

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School of Pharmacy to host Preview Day

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High school and college students interested in a pharmacy career can experience Marshall's curriculum firsthand at the School of Pharmacy Spring Preview Day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.

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HIV cluster confirmed in Cabell County

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An active HIV cluster of 28 known cases has been confirmed in Cabell County, primarily among the area’s population of intravenous drug users, according to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.

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CHH hosting Senior Resource Fair

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Cabell Huntington Hospital's Senior Services are hosting many of these regional organizations during the Senior Resource Fair on Thursday, March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hospital atrium.

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Pediatric surgeon brings expertise to Tri-State region

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Pediatric surgeon Daniel A. Beals, M.D., joins the Marshall UniversityJoan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Hoops Family Children’s Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital, bringing a new pediatric specialty to the region.

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Possible drug treatment center discussed for McDowell

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What sort of drug treatment center and services McDowell County needs to address its ongoing problems with people fighting addiction to opioids and other controlled substances were among the ideas shared Monday with a volunteer group exploring the idea of opening a new treatment center.

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ONC's Rucker says proposed regs will put patients in power of their healthcare

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In releasing two long-anticipated rules, the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Monday aimed at preventing data blocking and improving interoperability. The rules require organizations to implement open data-sharing technology to ensure data can move from one plan to another, potentially via patient apps. The agencies also released two requests for information on promoting interoperability and reducing any burden on providers regarding health IT. The proposals will make public the names of providers who block patient information.

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A ‘Fountain Of Youth’ Pill? Sure, If You’re A Mouse.

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This story also ran on Daily Beast. This story can be republished for free (details).
Renowned Harvard University geneticist David Sinclair recently made a startling assertion: Scientific data shows he has knocked more than two decades off his biological age.

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How music can change the way you feel and act

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Music is present in every part of our lives. Our spiritual rituals are framed with songs, children learn the alphabet through song and the malls and cafes we visit during our leisure time are rarely silent.

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WVU researchers assess how a vegetarian diet can help prevent or control diabetes

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As West Virginia University works toward becoming the world’s first Blue Zones Certified university, a graduate-student researcher in the WVU School of Public Health is exploring how one of the Blue Zone Project’s tenets—eating an abundance of vegetables—can make individuals with diabetes, and those at-risk of developing the condition, healthier.

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Diabetes prevention class begins Feb. 7

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The Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center at Marshall Healthwill host another yearlong series of diabetes prevention classes beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center in Huntington.

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Why colorful foods boost immunity

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As flu season rages on, it might be comforting to know that what you eat can help your immune system fight off any potential coughs, sneezes and sniffles.

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Red Cross reissues emergency call for NCWV

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The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snowstorms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.

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What to know about frostbite

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It's COLD. We're talking dangerous cold. Cold that might rob you of the tips of your nose, ears, chin, fingers or toes if you're not careful.

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Adults could rock themselves to better sleep and memory, study says

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Insomniacs may need to return to their earliest remedies for a good night's sleep: A bed that gently rocks like a cradle helped a small group of adults sleep better and longer, a study published Thursday in Current Biology found. Add to that, a night tucked into the adult-cradle also improved their memories.

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Nitro announces wellness program

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In an effort to assist citizens of Nitro and the surrounding areas to begin to live healthier lifestyles, the city of Nitro is introducing a Get Out and Move physical fitness campaign, according to a news release.

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Why opioid-addicted patients are still searching for help

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The Trump administration, Congress and states are pouring billions of dollars into addiction treatment to fight the opioid crisis, but accountability for the burgeoning industry hasn’t kept pace with those efforts — leaving patients vulnerable to ineffective care, fraud and abuse.

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donors

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A donation shortfall over the winter holidays is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now to prevent a blood shortage from continuing throughout winter and affecting patient care.

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Students to take a stand against drug epidemic

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Members of the "Not Us" Movement, a drug prevention/awareness movement and social media campaign, are seeking college, high school and junior high students to attend the "Not Us Student Day" at the Capitol in Charleston Thursday, Jan. 17, to make a symbolic stand against the growing drug epidemic.

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Is It A Nasty Cold Or The Flu?

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It's that time of year again. You wake up with a scratchy throat, stuffy nose, a little achy — maybe a fever. Is it a classic head cold, or do you need to be more concerned?

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WVSOM to offer free osteopathic manipulation to community

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Area residents and students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will get an opportunity to be of service to one another at the school’s Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Clinic, which will take place in two separate sessions starting Jan. 9 and Feb. 13, respectively.

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WVU Medicine first in state to use ECMO procedure

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West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute physicians recently became the first in the Mountain State to use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, to help in opening an obstructed airway in a patient.

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Maintaining your weight through the holidays

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The average person gains 1 to 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, and those who are overweight often gain more, including children. Research shows that holiday weight gain is a major contributor to total yearly weight gain, so why not resolve to maintain your weight this holiday season?

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Marshall University PhD student receives national research grant

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Sarah Binion Brunty, M.S., a biomedical research doctoral student at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recently received a pre-doctoral fellowship grant in pharmacology and toxicology from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Inc. (PhRMA).

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Marshall Health adds two surgeons to its team

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Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital medical and dental staff welcome Farzad Amiri, M.D., and Shawna Grimm, D.O., to their surgery teams of providers.

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Senior diabetes program offered

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Are you living with Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, caring for someone living with diabetes, or are you someone who just wants to learn more about healthy living?

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DMC earns distinction

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Davis Medical Center recently announced the renewal of a continued three-year accreditation in mammography by the American College of Radiology.

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Steps to protect you, community during flu season

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While autumn brings with it a variety of pleasant changes – including cooler weather, colorful fall foliage and more – it also marks the beginning of flu season, which typically peaks between December and February but can last as late as May.

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Area organizations elect officers

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The West Virginia Hospital Association, representing 63 acute care and specialty hospitals and health systems in West Virginia, recently elected new officers and appointed trustees for 2018-2019.

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Hospitals are big business in West Virginia

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Time was, if you lived in West Virginia and had a major health problem, you had little choice but to go to Cleveland, Pittsburgh or elsewhere to seek the kind of medical treatment you needed. That’s no longer the case.

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NIH awards WVU $11.2 million for interdisciplinary cancer research

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West Virginia University’s School of Pharmacy will soon become one of the few pharmacy schools in the nation that leads a center of biomedical research excellence. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, these centers support interdisciplinary, thematically related research into preventing, diagnosing and treating health problems.

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Free depression screenings in Harris Hall

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Marshall University’s Psychology Clinic will participate in National Depression Screening Day by offering free depression screenings to Marshall students and the Huntington community.

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Daily Baby Aspirin May Lower Ovarian Cancer Risk

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Taking low-dose aspirin is a daily routine for many people because it may lower the risk for heart attacks and strokes, and some research has tied it to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Now a new study in JAMA Oncology suggests it may lower the risk for ovarian cancer as well.

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Congress angles for air ambulance cost transparency

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Last November, a fully insured North Dakotan was dispatched on an 84-mile medical air transport from Langdon, N.D., to Grand Forks. When the charges came in at more than $66,000, out-of-network insurance covered just $16,000.

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Stollings discusses ATV safety at WSO symposium

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The World Safety Organization's 31st annual International Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health Professional Development Symposium was held in Charleston last week and District 7 Senator Dr. Ron Stollings addressed attendees regarding ATV safety on the Hatfield/McCoy Trail System.

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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute partners with group for free exams

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The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s CHOICE program, in partnership with the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) Education and Research Foundation and more than 20 medical organizations from across the United States, will host a first-of-its-kind, one-day free cardiovascular screening and diagnostic examination event at four WVU Medicine locations in North Central West Virginia on Oct. 20.

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Cabell County past peak in Hep A outbreak

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Cabell County's hepatitis A outbreak appears to be two months past its peak as the frequency of local cases continues to decline gradually, according to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

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Area experts encourage early flu vaccinations

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While data for the 2018-19 flu season has not yet been collected in West Virginia, health care providers warn that the season has begun, and it's not too early for individuals to get vaccinated against the virus.

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2 million US teens are vaping marijuana

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A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.

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MU scientist awarded grants for obesity, diabetes research

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Jung Han Kim, Ph.D., a professor in the departments of biomedical research and clinical and translational science at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recently received two national grant awards for her genetics and molecular-based diabetes and obesity research.

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Knowing About Prostate Cancer Could Save Your Life

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, aside from skin cancer. Approximately 164,690 men will be diagnosed with the disease in 2018 and about 29,430 are expected to die from prostate cancer this year. In West Virginia alone, about 820 will be diagnosed and 180 will die from the disease.

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Editorial: Purdue Pharma research offer could do some good

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Purdue Pharma, known for manufacturing OxyContin and, more recently, for being the subject of lawsuits filed by at least half a dozen states and hundreds of municipalities, now hopes to be known for something else - contributing research toward a lower-cost, life-saving antidote for opioid overdoses.

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Senate to clear opioids package this week, next steps unclear

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The Senate will likely vote Thursday on its package of 70 bills aimed at reining in the opioids epidemic. But it remains unclear how the Senate and House of Representatives can hammer out the significant differences between their bills as November's midterm elections loom near.

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WVU doc develops new app to help detect skin cancer

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Swipe left or swipe right? As it turns out, the same features of popular matchmaking apps have plenty of medical and educational uses thanks to the work of staff and students at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Campus.

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Hospital welcomes new oncologist

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Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH) is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Vaibhav Verma, M.D., to the Chemotherapy/Infusion Department at the Weston hospital. Dr. Verma specializes in oncology and hematology.

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VA hosting renaming ceremony Sunday

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The Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center will be officially renamed during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the center's campus at 1540 Spring Valley Drive in Huntington.

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Ex-DEA to address opioid crisis

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Former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Dr. Barry Ball will present a program later this month at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in White Sulphur Springs about the opioid crisis.

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Insulin’s High Cost Leads To Deadly Rationing

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Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning.

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CDC: CT, Blood Tests Not Needed for Concussions

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New children’s concussion guidelines from the U.S. government recommend against routine X-rays and blood tests for diagnosis and reassure parents that most kids’ symptoms clear up within one to three months.

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PROACT facility to open Oct. 1

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The dream of creating a single point for triaging and treating substance use disorder is less than 30 days from fruition as the new PROACT facility continues to take shape at the corner of 8th Avenue and 20th Street in Huntington.

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Senate Opioid Package Hits Snag As Democrats Pump The Brakes Over Provision Benefiting PhRMA-Backed Group

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The provision would authorize the government to give grants to groups that focus on addiction and substance-abuse disorders, but the only organization that fits the criteria is the Addiction Policy Forum, an advocacy group funded by PhRMA. In other news on the crisis: opioid taxes, skyrocketing fentanyl deaths, treatment alternatives, insurance coverage and more.

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Addiction: What parents should look for

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When it comes to addiction, community members can learn more about the current state of illicit and illegal drugs in our region and what parents should know to help keep their families safe.

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Precautions are key during flu season

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While Hampshire Memorial Hospital is not currently under a visitation advisory, staff members say it’s still important for county residents to take precautions during this flu season.

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Researcher studies new blood clot test

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Getting tested for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can disrupt a patient's whole day. Typically, one of the first methods a clinician uses to diagnose the condition is an ultrasound in order to see the blood vessels in a patient's legs and assess blood flow. From check-in to check-out, the procedure can take several hours. For rural patients, who often drive long distances to reach medical practices where the necessary equipment and personnel are available, the process is even more onerous.

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WVU researcher studies quick blood test to help diagnose blood clots

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Getting tested for deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, can disrupt a patient's whole day. Typically, one of the first methods a clinician uses to diagnose the condition is an ultrasound in order to see the blood vessels in a patient's legs and assess blood flow. From check in to check out, the procedure can take several hours. For rural patients, who often drive long distances to reach medical practices where the necessary equipment and personnel are available, the process is even more onerous.

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Alumna recounts graduating in first WVSOM class during White Coat Ceremony speech

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She recounted stories about the school in its early years – how the majority of the “non-traditional” students searched for places to live in Lewisburg, how Gwen Clingman cooked large pots of food to feed students for $1.05, and how custodians would place black plastic over the windows to darken a histology classroom in order for students to be able to see slides through their microscopes.

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Ongoing Fight

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The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic.

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CDC chief applauds local addiction fight

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Speaking with a physician's plain, calm precision as both the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the father of an adult son recovering from addiction, Dr. Robert Redfield offered encouragement and praise for the multi-disciplinary directness the Tri-State has built in addressing its own portion of the nation's opioid epidemic.

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Resident affected by medicine recall

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An Elkins resident was stunned to discover that a medication she was prescribed to treat high blood pressure is currently on a nationwide voluntary recall list, and she is hoping to warn other patients.

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Medical marijuana workshop planned

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The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, with co-sponsorship by Eastern Gateway Community College, will host a workshop on the impending legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio.

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Shut Down ‘Pill Mills’ in W.Va.

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The devastation caused by abuse of prescription drugs has been known for years in West Virginia. Doctors who write phony prescriptions and pharmacies filling them with no questions asked have helped our state become the worst-hit in the nation by the substance abuse epidemic.

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Marshall nursing faculty member presents research at 18th annual AAERI conference

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Dr. Nancy Elkins of the Marshall University College of Health Professions School of Nursing recently presented her research titled “A Phenomenological Study: Lived Experiences of Students Who Do Not Succeed in Four Year Baccalaureate Nursing Programs” at the 18th annual Association for the Advancement of Educational Research International (AAERI) conference in Fort Myers, Florida, last month.

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Davis Medical recognized for excellence

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Officials, physicians and staff at Davis Medical Center are pleased to announce they are a recipient of the 2018 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. The award, which recognizes exceptional hospitals across the U.S. demonstrating superior outcomes in women’s healthcare services, was announced July 31 and was awarded specifically in the category of hysterectomies.

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Cutting the Ribbon

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday morning to celebrate the opening of a newly renovated local medical facility.

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Priddy named Instructor of the Year by state EMS

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Cabell County EMS' Connie Priddy has been named Instructor of the Year by the West Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services for her role in establishing and overseeing the state's first Quick Response Team, which has served as a model for other counties to emulate in treating widespread addiction.

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DRS offers free services for vision impaired

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Helping those with vision impairments is one of the most important works of Lions Club International. Last Tuesday, the Durbin Lions Club learned about services provided through the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.

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Drugs, addiction issues raised at Paw Paw community forum

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A community forum at the Paw Paw Public Library last Thursday focused on the dangers of prescription drugs, heroin and methamphetamine Roughly 20 attended the event. Some spoke of family members who struggled with addiction or who were lost in drug overdoses. Others expressed concerns about drug activity in the town.

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Drug OD deaths continue to decline

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Drug overdose deaths in Berkeley County continue to decline with the county reporting a 51.4 percent drop in deaths for the first seven months of 2018 compared to the same period last year, according to county figures released Thursday.

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Babies Dependent On Opioids Need Touch, Not Tech

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Dr. Jodi Jackson has worked for years to address infant mortality in Kansas. Often, that means she treats newborns in a high-tech neonatal intensive care unit with sophisticated equipment whirring and beeping. And that is exactly the wrong place for an infant like Lili.

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Defendant in HOPE Clinic case to plead guilty

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One of the defendants in a case of an alleged pill mill operation in southern West Virginia has agreed to plead guilty to aiding and abetting in the operation as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

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Trump Wants To Take Opioid Manufacturers To Court

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During a White House cabinet meeting on Thursday, President Donald Trump signaled his desire to join the litigation scrum by asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain pharmaceutical companies involved in the supply and manufacture of opioids. Trump said he preferred pursuing a federal lawsuit rather than joining existing actions filed by states.

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The Worst Year For Drug-Overdose Deaths — 2017

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Vox reports that, according to preliminary data, more than 72,000 people died from drug overdoses, and The Washington Post details how the synthetic opioid fentanyl contributes to the United States' vulnerability. Also in the news, reports about how Purdue Pharma downplayed addiction risks of opioid painkillers and new Food and Drug Administration warnings about how some pet owners use their pets to gain access to these powerful drugs. On the treatment front, strategies for addicted inmates and dependent babies.

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Legislators calling for tougher drug laws

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Area legislators are working on drafting bills to present in January when the new session starts that would create a "punishment that fits the crime" following the alleged overdose crash that occurred in Ritter Park in Huntington two weeks ago.

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WVSU board moves to create nursing program

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West Virginia State University’s Board of Governors voted Tuesday to ask the state Higher Education Policy Commission to let the school offer nursing bachelor’s degrees, which the school’s president said would be WVSU’s first nursing degrees in a decade.

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5.1 million pounds of beef added to salmonella recall

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One of the nation's largest beef producers, JBS Tolleson, is recalling an additional 5 million pounds of beef products over possible salmonella contamination, the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday.

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National Night Out deemed success

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Local law enforcement, first responders, and members of the community came together at the Lewis County Park on Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, for Weston’s third National Night Out celebration.

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New health major offered at PSC this fall

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If you’re searching for a unique career that blends three areas of interest — healthcare, technology and business management — then earning a degree in health informatics and information management may be for you.

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ODs in Cabell remain steady

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Cabell County's overdose totals remained steady through July at 106 reported overdoses in the past month, according to records logged by Cabell County EMS.

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Suboxone may be safer for women in pregnancy

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In a recent study examining the safety of addiction treatment medications, West Virginia University faculty found that Suboxone may be safer for pregnant women and their babies than methadone or Subutex.

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Agritherapy for veterans coming to Huntington

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The Hershel "Woody" Williams VA Medical Center will devise and pilot a new program to provide military veterans with agricultural training, aided by a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' Office of Rural Health.

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Beckley VA to host Mental Health Summit

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The Beckley VA Medical Center will host a Mental Health Summit highlighting recent advances in improving veterans' care. The summit will take place at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9.

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Check Your Medical Records For Dangerous Errors

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When Liz Tidyman’s elderly parents moved across the country to be closer to their children and grandchildren years ago, they carried their medical records with them in a couple of brown cardboard folders tied with string.

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WVU Heart and Vascular Institute garnering national attention for work in artificial intelligence in diagnostic cardiology

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Recent editorials written by Partho Sengupta, M.D., chief of Cardiology and chair of the Center of Innovation, and Sirish Shrestha, M.Sc., biostatistician and machine learning research scientist, at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute provide framework regarding the use of artificial intelligence for precise and early detection of cardiac disease.

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Botox for Migraines - WVU Medicine Health Report

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More than 36 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. They can be debilitating, costing about $20 billion a year in medical expenses and lost productivity. In this WVU Medicine Health Report, Dr. John Phillips explains why Botox is becoming a more common treatment for chronic migraine and how Dr. Umer Najib at the WVU Headache Center helped a patient live a pain free life after treatment.

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Leftover Opioids? Most Older Adults Hang On to Them

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Nearly a third of older Americans filled a prescription for an opioid during the past 2 years, and many of them did not receive sufficient counseling on the risks of taking opioids, how to reduce their use, when to switch to a nonopioid pain reliever, or what to do with leftover pills, according to a new poll.

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Nightingale Awards recognizing area nurses

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The Future of Nursing West Virginia (FONWV) Action Coalition announces the inaugural 40 over 40 Nightingale Awards, recognizing 40 nurses who dedicated over 40 years of exemplary nursing service in practice, education, leadership and mentoring, according to a press release from United Hospital Center.

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Red Cross faces blood shortage

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The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.

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How opioids reshape your brain

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None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits — reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings — cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome.

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West Virginia University selected as first site to launch an innovative clinical trial for Alzheimer’s

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West Virginia University (WVU) has been selected as the first site for an innovative clinical trial to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Ali Rezai, M.D., director of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, will lead the initiative in collaboration with INSIGHTEC, an Israel-based medical technology company who received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin the clinical trial using focused ultrasound to treat Alzheimer’s.

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U.S. "most dangerous" place to give birth in developed world, USA Today investigation finds

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A USA Today investigation finds the United States is the "most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world." Every year in the U.S., more than 50,000 mothers are severely injured during or after childbirth and 700 die. USA Today's investigation, "Deadly Deliveries," claims women are dying and suffering life-altering injuries during childbirth because hospitals are not following long-known safety measures.

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St. Mary's honored for stroke care procedures

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For the eighth year in a row, the Regional Stroke Center at St. Mary's Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

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Walk-in vaccination clinics offered for back-to-school kids

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Students entering school for the 2018-19 school year are required to have up-to-date vaccinations in most cases before they will be allowed to attend classes. The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and the Putnam County Health Department are offering walk-in vaccination clinics at the health departments.

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MU gets federal funds for suicide education

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West Virginia's congressional delegation announced Monday that Marshall University received a grant of $102,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services so that it can offer improved mental health services for its students and help to promote the importance of mental health and wellness.

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Mobile lung cancer screening program to assist in early detection

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The WVU Cancer Institute is applying for a Certificate of Need with the West Virginia Health Care Authority for a mobile lung cancer screening program, which will be called LUCAS. This program would increase access to screening for patients in rural areas and address the growing demand for cancer services in the state.

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Camp Catch Your Breath kicks off

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Camp Catch Your Breath (CCYB) is a week-long program held at West Virginia University's Jackson Mill where campers ages eight to thirteen participate in your usual summer camp activities like arts and crafts, games, and swimming.

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W.Va. Nurse Fights Opioid Epidemic Through Harm Reduction

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Across West Virginia, people are fighting back against the opioid epidemic and pushing the message of recovery. Some of these people run harm reduction clinics – which sometimes include needle exchanges. We meet a nurse in the Eastern Panhandle who runs one of these programs.

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Manage diabetes to give your body fuel

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Diabetes is a chronic health condition that can make it difficult for your body to turn food into energy. Like a car, your body need fuel to work. Food is fuel, but having diabetes can change how much and which types of food will work well in your body.

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Sydnee McElroy: Anti-vaccine billboard could harm community

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When people ask me why my husband and I chose to stay and raise our family here in Huntington, I always tell them the same thing. The people of West Virginia believe in community and kindness and pulling together to take care of their neighbors. I'm proud to count myself and my children among them.

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CHH awarded for heart attack protocol

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Cabell Huntington Hospital has been awarded the Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Quality Achievement Award for creating quality improvement measures for treating heart attacks as outlined by the American Heart Association.

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Health Alert: Whole grains

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Welcome back to Health Alert! Tonight, we will discuss healthy eating. The next time your kids want a snack, try looking to whole grains. They are not only nutritious, but delicious!

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Study: 1 in 5 WV young adults not working

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One in five of West Virginia's 18- to 24-year-olds are neither in school, employed nor have a degree beyond high school, according to a new report by WalletHub, a personal finance platform that ranks states on different social matters through number of demographic metrics.

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State grant to fund QRT for overdose victims in Wood County

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Officials in Wood County hope a quarter Million dollar grant from the state Department of Health and Human Resources will help cut into the region’s opioid problems. The one year stream of funding is aimed at putting together a Quick Response Team, similar to those now in place in Huntington and other locations, to follow up with overdose victims.

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Words Matter When Talking About Pain With Your Doctor

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If you're in the hospital or a doctor's office with a painful problem, you'll likely be asked to rate your pain on a scale of 0 to 10 – with 0 meaning no pain at all and 10 indicating the worst pain you can imagine. But many doctors and nurses say this rating system isn't working and they're trying a new approach.

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Experts: Foot care vital for diabetics

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Whether they have been diagnosed or not, diabetes is affecting thousands of people in North Central West Virginia, said Patti Cook, registered nurse and diabetes education coordinator at United Hospital Center.

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Walk with a Doc offers steps toward a healthier lifestyle

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Dana DeJarnett, health promotion coordinator for the Wellness Center at Berkeley Medical Center said this event was created to allow individuals to “make a connection with a doctor and get people out exercising and walking in a more comfortable environment.”

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Public hep A forum set for Thursday

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In response to the ongoing hepatitis outbreak, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department will host a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 703 7th Ave. in Huntington.

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Opioid forum coming to Marshall next weekend

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The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy will present a public forum for understanding the opioid crisis and policy practices to address its many complications on Saturday, July 28, at Marshall University's Memorial Student Center.

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New Nursing Care Center in Wheeling Named for Bishop Bransfield

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Private rooms for every patient, welcoming gardens and a spectacular mountaintop view are just some of the amenities awaiting residents and visitors at the new Bishop Michael J. Bransfield Continuous Care Center of Wheeling Hospital. The new facility was unveiled Saturday afternoon. The bishop presided at the blessing and dedication ceremony attended by about 100 invited guests.

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Cabell County hepatitis A cases hit triple digits

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Cabell County's number of confirmed hepatitis A cases rose by 21 percent this week to 114 - up from 94 the previous week and nearly tripling from 44 cases four weeks ago, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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Summer brings risk of mosquito-borne illness

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"West Virginia is a historically low-incident mosquito-borne (illness) busy state," said Miguella Mark-Carew, director of epidemiology and prevention services for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. "We do have endemic diseases like West Nile virus and La Crosse encephalitis that we get a handful of cases every year."

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Ticks that carry Lyme disease are spreading fast

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Think you live in a place that's free from disease-carrying ticks? Don't be so sure. Citizen scientists found ticks capable of transmitting Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in dozens of places across the United States where the pests had never previously been recorded, a new study reports.

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Public Hep A forum planned Thursday

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In response to the ongoing hepatitis outbreak, the Cabell-Huntington Health Department will host a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 703 7th Ave. in Huntington.

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Highmark announces new drug contract

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Highmark has announced a new contract for a drug for patients with diabetes. To address high prescription drug costs, Highmark announced an outcomes-based contract with Boehringer Ingelheim for Jardiance (empagliflozin), an oral medicine to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes who have cardiovascular disease.

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Flu vaccinations available at health department

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The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Putnam County Health Department, which give approximately 9,500 vaccinations during each flu season, are now offering flu vaccinations from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Born at 22 weeks, preemie survivor is heading home

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A five-and-a-half-month miracle in the making saw the sunlight for the first time in his young life Wednesday. Xavier Workman — born more than four months premature — was finally released from Cabell Huntington Hospital on Wednesday, nearly 170 days after birth.

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Editorial: Poverty affects children across the state

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West Virginia is home to an array of demographics, despite what outside perception may suggest. There are areas of booming business and industry, educational hubs and small rural communities. An issue affecting all corners of this diverse state is poverty - specifically children in poverty and how it impacts their well-being.

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American Medical Organizations Denounce US Breastfeeding Stance

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Leading medical organizations have this week criticized the stance taken by the US government at a United Nations (UN) health assembly earlier this year, whereby it tried to defeat a resolution calling on all world governments to "protect, promote, and support breastfeeding" and to limit misleading marketing of formula milk.

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WMC seeing a baby boom

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Weirton Medical Center is seeing a baby boom with a recent surge in deliveries. Obstetricians at WMC are delivering babies in greater numbers at the hospital than they’ve seen in decades. Deliveries in June were twice the average delivered before 2012.

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Challenges and opportunities of the opioid crisis detailed at WVU event

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During a presentation at West Virginia University Wednesday afternoon, researcher and author Henry Brownstein said the nation’s opioid epidemic has dynamics that make it very different from past drug trends. But, he added, new ways of tackling this drug crisis could avoid problems created by responses to previous ones.

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UHC thanks Kuhn for donation

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People’s Hospice, a department of United Hospital Center, received a check for $276,432.34 from the estate of Gleason T. Kuhn, according to a press release from UHC.

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Why breastfeeding is the "gold standard" for babies' health

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pushing back against a New York Times report that the Trump administration tried to block an effort from the United Nations to promote breastfeeding. The Times reported that the U.S. wanted to remove language in a resolution that called on governments worldwide to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

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National Cancer Control Plan in US: 'Blueprint' From ACS

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) has undertaken a major initiative to refocus nationwide efforts for cancer control in the decades ahead, which it describes as "a blueprint toward the control of cancer and a mortality reduction goal for the year 2035."

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WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center earns Gold Seal of Approval

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WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its total hip and knee replacement surgery programs, demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease specific care.

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Hepatitis A cases still rising in Cabell County

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Cabell County's number of confirmed hepatitis A cases rose by 29 percent this week to 94 - up from 73 last week and more than doubling from 44 cases two weeks ago, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

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