While West Virginia works on a plan to combat the drug epidemic, more than 100 people met Monday evening at the University of Charleston to share feedback, thoughts and some concerns with the Department of Health and Human Resources’ current draft.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Lewis County CEOs Clubs are taking this opportunity to encourage people to learn more about the importance of early detection for breast cancer.
The WV ACES Coalition is launching the availability of Connections Matter®, an innovative, hands-on training for counselors, teachers, law enforcement, healthcare providers, parents and more! Professionals across the state are being trained to help communities support individuals who have been affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).
Nicole Pettit-Walker’s battle with breast cancer has led her to want to help other patients.
The 10th Annual Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Children’s Safety Fair will be held on Saturday, October 26 at the Weston Fire Department, on Center Avenue, in Weston, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Multiple West Virginia health organizations were in Morgantown last week taking part in a conference on drug addiction, recovery and counseling.
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon recognized Breast Cancer Awareness month by encouraging staff to wear pink on October 15.
October marks the start of a new flu season, with a rise in likely cases already showing up in Louisiana and other spots, federal statistics show.
Across West Virginia, health care facilities are remaining at the forefront as new state-of-the-art technologies, procedures and medications are developed to improve diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
West Virginia has served as the hometown of many success stories including Brad Paisley, Chuck Yeager and Jennifer Garner.
The benefits of reading to children at home are well-founded and have been promoted for decades, but emerging research indicates it should begin much earlier in a child’s life than it usually does.
Beckley ARH hospital has received notification that it achieved Acute Stroke Ready (ASR) certification through Det Norske Veritas – Germanischer Lloyd (DNV GL) Healthcare.
Nine WVU Medicine hospitals, including Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale, have earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition.
Davis Medical Center and WVU Cancer Institute Cancer Center hosted an open house and after-hours event Thursday evening in Elkins.
While children and adults may develop similar conditions, special attention is needed for treating children, both for the sake of the child and their parents.
Thirty minutes of exercise each day help lower the chances of heart disease and stroke, medical officials say.
Laura Fletcher had just begun her new job at West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences when she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma at the age of 36.
State leaders — including Gov. Jim Justice — gathered Tuesday afternoon outside the Putnam County Career and Technical Center to unveil a new initiative that combines free substance abuse treatment with free job training.
Nonprofits and higher-education institutions in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have until Dec. 1 to apply for about $250,000 in grant funding available through a new pilot program aimed at improving community health and economic development.
Students at South Harrison Middle School and High School participated in training Wednesday that could save the lives of friends, family, acquaintances or even classmates.
The Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement kicks off its triennial Community Health Needs Assessment with a series of 13 listening projects held throughout Kanawha County.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led seven states in pushing federal regulators to consider more information as they set manufacturing limits on prescription painkillers in hopes a more thorough review will lead to fewer overdose deaths.
For the 4th time, Remote Area Medical, with support from West Virginia Health Right, is bringing its free mobile health clinic to Kanawha County with help from volunteer dental, vision and medical professionals.
Plans are underway for the new Boone Memorial Hospital Substance and Mental Health Treatment Program. The hospital, in partnership with Marshall Health, PROACT (Provider Response Organization for Addiction, Care and Treatment) of Huntington and Cabell Huntington Hospital received the AFA State Opioid Response: Community Innovation for Treatment Access and Retention grant.
Central West Virginia Aging Services will be hosting a Health Fair and Flu Clinic Oct. 22 at its Buckhannon office
Each year, the influenza virus adapts and changes, which means more people could become susceptible to the bug.
Dr. David Patton hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for his newly renovated facility, the David J. Patton Building, at 108 Washington St., W., on Charleston’s West Side on Friday, Oct. 11.
At least half of kids under the age of 5 — or about 350 million children worldwide — are vitamin-deficient, according to a sweeping report from UNICEF released Tuesday.
Americans spent $1.4 billion on the most popular brands of children's fruit drinks and flavored waters last year. Yet according to nutritional guidelines, none of the drinks were healthy.
A delegation of students and instructors from West Virginia met with their elected officials in Washington, D.C. this week to talk about how their career and technical education (CTE) programs have prepared them to be college- and career-ready.
In another instance of cross-discipline collaboration, researchers at West Virginia University are exploring the use of artificial intelligence to combat rising health-care costs while also delivering more efficient and accurate diagnoses of cardiovascular diseases.
When it comes to concussions in high school sports, there is good news and bad news, a new study suggests.
Pregnant women who have been exposed to high levels of pollution face an increased risk of "silent miscarriage" in the first trimester, according to a new study.
Moms-to-be who undergo physical or mental stress during their pregnancies are less likely to have a boy and may also have a higher risk of preterm birth, according to a study published Monday.
At age 61, Judi Polak is five years into a bleak diagnosis: Alzheimer’s disease.
The Wellness Center at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
Highland Hospital is tired of getting the runaround.
It wasn’t just any Friday recently at Monongah Elementary School.
WVU Medicine is preparing to launch another project that will explore the use of patient data to prevent hospital re-admissions and emergency room visits, thereby lowering health-care costs in the process.
What looks like just a construction zone on the 5th floor of WVU Medicine Reynolds Memorial Hospital will be a Behavioral Health Ward in the next year.
Some local women shared their life-saving stories Friday during the Women’s Health Awareness Day at Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
The Comprehensive Regional Cancer Center at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Nearly half of all children who develop Type 1 diabetes don't know they have the disease until they end up in a coma in the hospital.
The West Virginia Hospital Association has elected new officers and appointed trustees for 2019-2020.
West Virginia now has a toll-free tipline so West Virginians can report suspected Medicaid fraud according to Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
Wheeling Hospital held its 8th annual "Rockin’ at the Ritz" Thursday night. It's a celebration and tribute to breast cancer survivors.
AT&T has announced that Huntington will be the first community in West Virginia to receive support from its Believe Appalachia initiative, a collaborative effort to combat the opioid epidemic.
Davis Medical Center (DMC) is urging women to make an appointment, not an excuse, when it comes to having a mammogram.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer.
A cross-campus collaboration at West Virginia University is addressing local solutions for West Virginia’s health-related challenges.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Drug Control Policy and the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment are hosting six regional public forums to allow residents to review and provide comment to the West Virginia Substance Use Response Plan.
Monongalia County ranks fifth for opioid overdose deaths in West Virginia, according to the county health department.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will welcome alumni and their families back to Huntington for its 33rd annual homecoming celebration Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12.
In honor of Hunter Osborn, his family is hosting a toy drive to benefit patients at WVU Children’s Hospital.
“Of course I thought this can’t be true. I’m 35, I can’t have breast cancer,” explained Mildred Quinn.
Depression Screening Day is an opportunity for Marshall University students and community members to complete a brief depression screening to determine if they are experiencing symptoms of depression.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to provide hope and healing to patients fighting cancer.
Health disparities experienced by minorities in West Virginia will be the topic of the Inaugural Minority Health Fair from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in BE5 of the Memorial Student Center.
Rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reached a record high in 2018, resulting in more babies born with syphilis, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In her years working as a supervisor for the state’s child protective services, Kelly Gadd said substance abuse issues were involved in more than 90 percent of cases she’s seen where parents’ rights to their children were terminated.
West Virginia University’s Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the WVU Medicine Center for Integrative Pain Management’s efforts to improve military pain medicine care for soldiers in the field were recognized by a national award for excellence in military pain medicine.
It's hard for doctors to do a thorough eye exam on infants. They tend to wiggle around — the babies, that is, not the doctors.
Need an excellent reason to add a dog to your life? How about living longer?
The machines the WVU Cancer Institute uses to deliver radiation therapy has cut treatment time in half, and Hannah Hazard said this is just one of the advancements in breast cancer care.
United Hospital Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in vascular testing in the areas of peripheral venous testing, peripheral arterial testing and extracranial cerebrovascular testing.
At 39.5%, West Virginia has the highest obesity rate in the country. It also has the second highest obesity rate for children between the ages of 10-17.
West Virginia University’s efforts to address chronic disease and substance abuse prevention, growing concerns related to vaping and youth mental health issues will be bolstered by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, awarded to the West Virginia Prevention Research Center in the School of Public Health.
The aches, the sneezing, the sore throat, the exhaustion -- flu season is here and you want to be prepared.
State health officials say some low-income West Virginians with Hepatitis C may be newly eligible for coverage of their treatment.
Low birth weight is linked not only to poor health outcomes at birth but also to chronic health conditions later in life.
The American Red Cross West Virginia Region plans a new AmeriCorps VISTA Project to increase Red Cross volunteer capacity across West Virginia and enhance Disaster Action Teams that respond to disasters across the state every day.
A ribbon cutting will be held for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Ophthalmology Clinic on Tuesday, October 8 at 4 p.m. The clinic is staffed by physicians from the WVU Eye Institute who will be performing cataract surgeries and providing retinal injections.
Six public libraries across Greenbrier County won’t just offer books to visitors in October, they will also host health information and blood pressure screenings to bibliophiles.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday a toll-free tipline so West Virginians can report suspected Medicaid fraud.
The biannual blood screening sponsored by WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital and the newly forming Buckhannon-Upshur Rotary Club is back this weekend, with the first date set for Saturday.
The Jefferson Medical Center hosted its second community blood drive.
According to the March of Dimes, 23,600 babies are born stillborn every year, 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriages, and 23,000 infant deaths occurred in 2015 before the baby reached a year old.
The Epilepsy Foundation West Virginia will hold its inaugural fundraising walk on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Marilla Park in Morgantown.
The Lewis County CEOS Clubs in cooperation with Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital is celebrating the 25th year of honoring breast cancer survivors and educating the public about the importance of breast screening.
A ribbon cutting will be held for West Virginia’s only nationally certified birthing center Thursday, but one new mother has already experienced what it’s like to receive care at the facility.
The changes people experience while going through cancer treatment affect more than just interior health.
Did you know that one in eight women will face a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime?
Six West Virginia-based organizations working to combat rising hepatitis C (HCV) infections were selected to receive grant funding for their operations as part of a multi-state initiative to address the increase in cases.
Brenda Flack, one of the organizers of a suicide survivors support group in Buckhannon, said that she and another local woman, Dee Brown, started meeting monthly about three years ago.
A new case of hepatitis C was reported nearly every eight hours in Kanawha County last year.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday warned patients, providers and manufacturers about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in certain medical devices and health care networks.
Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and for people with disabilities, offers beneficiaries numerous options to choose from for finding personalized, affordable coverage.
Jackson General Hospital joined West Virginia University Health System on Tuesday.
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg is expanding its surgical capacity with the addition of five operating rooms, officials announced recently.
About $26,000 was raised for Alzheimer’s Disease research during the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Sunday at the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.
After the recent closure of Ohio Valley Medical Center, it seems appropriate to take a few minutes to look at the history of the hospital.
A not-for-profit health services organization headquartered in Charleston with bases all over the state is being recognized with an international award.
A longtime supporter of WVU Medicine has made a substantial donation in support of the hospital system’s efforts to improve the health and outcome of West Virginia’s pediatric patients.
When children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall are usually the first line of treatment.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer – the most commonly diagnosed cancer among West Virginia women.
By joining forces with an Ohio-based medical technology company, WVU Medicine has recently made a new addition to its arsenal in the fight against cardiovascular health problems and become a first in the medical community at the same time.
Wheeling Hospital has stepped forward with the presenting sponsorship for this year’s Oglebayfest.
The National Association of Medical Minority Educators (NAMME) is hosting its southern and central joint regional conference Sept. 26-29 at Marshall University. This is the first time a NAMME conference has been held in West Virginia.
The WVU Medicine Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently hosted its first reunion for NICU graduates.
After a turbulent summer for healthcare in the Ohio Valley, many residents are worried about what the future holds.
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg is expanding its surgical capacity with the addition of five new operating rooms in an effort to continue serving the growing population in the Eastern Panhandle.
By joining forces with an Ohio-based medical technology company, WVU Medicine has recently made a new addition to its arsenal in the fight against cardiovascular health problems and become a first in the medical community at the same time.
West Virginia has the highest adult obesity rate in the country, with almost 40 percent of adults in the state being overweight.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Class of 2021 has become only the second class to endow a scholarship early in their medical school career.
Dr. Thomas B. Benz, urologist, has joined Davis Medical Center (DMC) and will begin seeing patients in October. His medical practice is located on the first floor of the DMC Outpatient Center in Elkins.
Beckley ARH Hospital is hosting its ARH Youth Opioid Summit and Life Ready Fair at Wyoming County East High School Thursday, Sept. 26, and at Westside High School Friday, Sept. 27, for all students.
Local solutions to address West Virginia’s opioid abuse epidemic met federal resources to support them in the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse Tuesday morning.
Strength, courage, resilience, determination—these are not often words you hear used to describe an area in rural West Virginia that is crippled by the opioid epidemic.
Cabell County’s ongoing HIV cluster, at 80 confirmed cases as of Monday, is more than just a learning experience for Marshall Health, the medical practice arm of Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
St. Joseph’s Hospital is recognizing its Surgical Technologists during National Surgical Technologist Week, September 15 through 21.
Leslie Equipment Company has created a donor-advised fund at the Beckley Area Foundation to support mentorship and leadership programs.
Weston’s Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital has scheduled (SJMH) a 6-week series of diabetes education classes, which will be held Thursday, October 3 through November 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day at 251 West Second Street, Weston, WV, 26452.
Americans' diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there's still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests.
Local, state and federal officials will take part in a roundtable on Tuesday on ways to address the illegal distribution of opioids.
Bonnie’s Bus was created in honor of Bonnie Wells Wilson, the mother of Jo Statler, who succumbed to breast cancer in a remote area of the state with no access to screening mammography.
Amateur and professional golfers on Monday came together for a round of golf at the Pete Dye Golf Club to support programs and future projects for women and children at United Hospital Center.
A panel of experts earlier this month recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approve a new drug for children and teens with peanut allergies.
Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its voluntary recall of two blood pressure medications after trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing impurity were found during testing.
If you're one of the 40 million American women between the ages of 45 and 65, there's a chance you could be having a hot flash right now. If your flushes are mild and infrequent, good for you.
St. Joseph’s Hospital will offer the quadrivalent flu vaccine at a drive-by flu clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 11 outside the main lobby of the hospital.
There’s nothing quite as great as the hours immediately following the birth of a new baby.
Active Southern West Virginia has been working diligently to improve health and wellness in the rural reaches of four counties in the southern coalfields.
Mike and JoAnn Ross and their family have donated $1 million in support of the WVU Medicine Children’s “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign and the Brick Health Outreach Fund in the WVU School of Medicine.
High school and college students have the opportunity to explore careers in health professions at the 2019 College Student Development Program and Student Recruitment Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, September 27, at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center in the Don Morris Room.
Dr. Adil Khan, a bariatric surgeon at Raleigh General Hospital, recently shared with The Register-Herald more information about surgical weight loss.
According to newly released CDC data, there are nine states in the U.S. where obesity rates were over 35% in 2018.
Nine WVU Medicine hospitals, including Camden Clark Medical Center, have earned the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives 2019 HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level 9, the second highest achievable recognition, on the domestic and ambulatory surveys.
Hundreds took to the Bridgeport Recreation Complex track Thursday for the 2019 North Central West Virginia Heart Walk.
As vaping becomes more of a national public health concern, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department plans to rollout education initiatives to make children and parents aware of the risks.
The American Heart Association is working to get the word out about the proliferation of heart disease in the United States, including making a stop at the Putnam Rotary.
United Hospital Center officials are encouraging blood donors to bring a friend to their next blood drive.
The Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia will host its 33rd Annual Jose I. Ricard, MD Family Medicine & Sports Medicine Conference on Nov. 8-10 in Huntington, W.Va.
The Mon Health System and Grafton City Hospital have entered into an affiliation agreement aimed at increasing operational efficiency.
The needs and considerations for adult and pediatric urology may vary, but both patient populations can access minimally invasive kidney surgeries at WVU Medicine.
At Potomac Valley Hospital (PVH), we strive to treat each patient like a member of our own family.
Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg added five new larger size operating rooms that will accommodate the latest cutting edge technology.
Thousands of students and educators packed the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday for the first of two youth opioid summits scheduled for this week.
Neither snow, nor brush nor high water will be as great obstacles to Preston emergency services, once the county receives its MuddTrax.
Mon Health System is collaborating with the West Virginia Jazz Society to put on a series of concerts in October across north central West Virginia to benefit cancer care within the health system.
Middle and high school students across West Virginia will attend or watch kick-off events this week for a new collaborative effort to help the state's youth in both dealing with and curbing the opioid epidemic.
In the first three months after getting his Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, Ric Peralta managed to reduce his average blood sugar level by three percentage points.
A half hour of aerobic exercise four to five times a week may prevent or slow cognitive decline in older adults who are at a high risk of developing Alzheimer's, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
An opportunity for students, parents and school leaders around the state to become “game changers” when it comes to opioid abuse is here.
The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is relevant to many parts of our lives. Those individuals concerned with their health can have that ounce of prevention at a low price when participating in the Multiphasic Blood Screening coordinated by the Weston Rotary Club and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (SJMH), in Weston.
Autumn Cole was first diagnosed with leukemia at age 18 during her senior year of high school. Cole, now a 22-year old nursing student at Marshall University, is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant for the third time.
Proceeds from a bluegrass concert in Weston on Monday, October 7, will benefit Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital’s fund for local breast cancer patients.
For decades, healthy patients were told to take a low-dose aspirin as a precaution to help prevent heart problems, but the guidelines changed this year.
For the first time since early January, no new measles cases were reported in the United States last week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Stephen J. Kopp had a passion for Marshall University and a dream of a pharmacy school to be on the health science campus in Huntington.
WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center and Vitalant, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood services provider, will host a blood drive in October at the Ranson Civic Center.
My neurology pager beeped at 7 a.m. for a code stroke during my third year of neurology training
Over $38,000 was raised Friday night at WVU Medicine Camden Clark Foundation’s eighth annual “Pink By Poolside” fundraiser at the Parkersburg Country Club.
Only 45 percent of those with Alzheimer's disease actually get a diagnosis, according to the Alzheimer's Association, and of that 45 percent, only half of them actually get told they have the disease.
Neurosurgeons in Huntington are participating in a trial study they hope will lead to better outcomes for people suffering from some forms of back pain.
More than 8,000 high school students are expected to attend the summit with another 140,000 middle school and high school students given the opportunity to watch via live stream.
After a therapy session with Marshall University Counseling Center therapist Nikki Barr, students often tell her they were surprised by how easy it was to talk to her.
Two students in the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine’s (WVSOM) Rural Health Initiative (RHI) program received scholarships to help offset the cost of in-state tuition.
Authorities say a West Virginia psychiatric hospital can again admit Medicare patients.
When Anne Madison could no longer hear her microwave beep, she assumed that her appliance needed repair.
West Virginia leads the nation in the number of small farmers, and a team of researchers at West Virginia University hopes to help them increase the safety of the local foods sold to communities.
West Virginia leads the nation in obesity rates among adults at 39.5 percent, up over 1 percent from the previous year according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health.
St. Joseph’s Hospital will be opening an ophthalmology clinic to provide care for those with cataracts.
As the population ages and more members of the baby-boomer generation become senior citizens, organizations which care for these individuals are continuously trying to do more with less.
President Trump announced Wednesday that the administration will move to force e-cigarette companies to take flavored vaping products off the market, as young people's use of them continues to rise and reports emerge of deaths and illnesses tied to vaping.
William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital has been readmitted to the Medicare program through the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Wednesday.
For some cancer patients, having inoperable or at least risky-to-treat tumors doesn’t necessarily mean they’re untreatable if the right technology is applied. And that technology can be found at WVU Medicine.
Two years after losing its permission to accept Medicaid and Medicare, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is allowing Sharpe Hospital in Weston to again accept Medicare/Medicaid patients.
Only 45 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children in West Virginia received dental care in 2017, according to the West Virginia Kids Count Data Book.
In the sitcom Seinfeld, a panicked George Constanza often asked, “Lupus? Is it lupus?”
WVU Medicine has joined a national organization to provide job opportunities for people with special needs.
Several school districts, community organizations and government agencies throughout North Central West Virginia have come together to bring the first Project SEARCH location to the state.
When researchers at the University of Kentucky compare brains donated from people who died with dementia, very rarely do they find one that bears only Alzheimer’s trademark plaques and tangles — no other damage.
West Virginia University Medicine in Morgantown is preparing to deploy a telehealth pilot program in November that aims to use video conferencing technology to connect nurses with rural patients who have long-term care conditions, WVNews reports.
An ordinance passed during the most recent Clarksburg City Council meeting leaves the future of the needle exchange program operated by the Harrison-Clarksburg Health Department uncertain.
To reduce nurses' stress in the workplace, Morgantown-based West Virginia University Health System — branded as WVU Medicine — turned to essential oils, reports WTRF 7News.
It used to take at least nine months for a patient to schedule an initial appointment with a psychiatrist at Meridian Health Services in Indiana.
West Virginia University broke records this past fiscal year after receiving $181.4 million in research funding.
The Marshall Counseling Center will host several outreach activities for mental health awareness, for suicide prevention and to help foster positive mental health for students.
Peter Grinspoon got addicted to Vicodin in medical school, and still had an opioid addiction five years into practice as a primary care physician.
Between limited avenues of travel, rugged terrain and lack of internet in some areas, rural patients in West Virginia have plenty of obstacles to overcome just seeking health care in-state. But efforts are underway to remove some of those obstacles.
Close to 1,000 community members celebrated and shared successful addiction recovery stories Friday at Recovery Point’s eighth annual Rally for Recovery in Huntington.
Last year, Oak Hill native Brian Keith passed away due to heart disease.
Ohio Valley Medical Center employees knew the day was coming when they would have to say their final goodbyes to coworkers and watch the lights go out on the facility with over 100 years of healthcare service to the Wheeling area.
West Virginia University’s expertise on combating the opioid epidemic will be utilized in a federally-funded program targeting seven rural West Virginia counties.
WVU Medicine CEO Albert Wright was as surprised as anybody to find out Ohio Valley Medical Center (OVMC) in Wheeling was abruptly closing on Wednesday.
Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon.
On Thursday, September 12 the Davis Health System Foundation will host a Blessing of the Bricks ceremony at the Davis House, followed by a dedication of a new space that will be transformed into a Serenity Garden for patients, guests, and staff.
In 1914, they built the East Building and changed the name to Ohio Valley General Hospital.
Females are less susceptible to infection but are 10 times more likely than males to develop an autoimmune disorder, such as hypothyroidism or rheumatoid arthritis.
With Cabell County's ongoing HIV cluster at 76 confirmed cases - the virus's single worst event in West Virginia's history - concern about the disease's slow but steady rise has likewise deepened.
The five US states with the highest death rates have an average rate 49% higher than that of the five states with the lowest death rates, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
It seems that the risk of an active shooter can happen anywhere. That's why the nationwide Stop the Bleed campaign helps prepare school staff for such a catastrophe.
With the acquisition of Alternative Home Health by Wheeling Hospital, even more patients in Eastern Ohio can be served by Visiting Nurse Services of Wheeling Hospital-Belmont.
This year's National Recovery Month theme at West Virginia University is Join the Voices of Recovery: Together We Are Stronger highlighting the notion that mental health issues and substance use affects all of us and the ongoing need to build campus and community networks that support recovery.
A pilot program currently under development will provide care for multiple generations within families impacted by the drug epidemic in Harrison, Marion and Preston counties, according to program coordinators.
Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) and Potomac Valley Hospital (PVH) will both be the site of Integrative Pain Centers that will help patients struggling with chronic pain find relief through alternative treatment methods.
Not-for-profit hospital and health systems' median operating margins bounced back more than 10% in 2018 over the prior year following two straight years of margin declines, with the biggest gains concentrated at the low end of the ratings spectrum, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings.
Thanks to a donation from a local family, children awaiting surgery at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital now have new gadgets to put them at ease before they get to their operating room.
Representatives from WVU and WVU Medicine say they are “very close” to announcing a solution to some of the job and health care losses projected in the northern panhandle after two hospitals announced they were closing earlier this month.
School is back in session, the weather is starting to get cooler and Oct. 1 will be here before you know it.
The fifth year of an annual golf tournament held in Pennsylvania raised more than $200,000 to benefit WVU Medicine Children’s.
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its chest pain program.
US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has a warning for pregnant women and teens when it comes to weed.
Football season is just beginning in West Virginia and public health officials are already preparing for flu season.
Wheeling Hospital has opened two new operating rooms that allow the facility to remain at the forefront of utilizing modern surgical technology.
It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths annually.
Children with lung conditions requiring a specialist no longer have to go out of state to receive care.
St. Joseph’s Hospital will be opening an Ophthalmology Clinic to provide care for those with cataracts.
WVU Medicine Potomac Valley Hospital has been making tremendous strides in the last year, expanding access to care that it provides for the citizens of Mineral County and the surrounding area.
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center and the WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Campus will sponsor a free community mini-medical school program on shoulder injuries and treatment, “Ouch My Aching Shoulder.”
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the Lewis County Health Department, recently completed the 2019 Lewis County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
Whether through app development or clinical trials, researchers at West Virginia University's medical institutions continue to look for innovative ways to help the Mountain State's patients facing cerebral aneurysms and strokes.
Lawyers, lawmakers, about two dozen foster families, and others put their heads together Tuesday evening to discuss what’s working and what could be better inside West Virginia's foster care system.
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, marks 40 years of bringing heart health programs to schools across the country by awarding financial grants to invest in America’s schools and help educators make whole-body wellness a priority.
The WVU Cancer Institute has demonstrated compliance with the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®) and has become the first Radiation Oncology Department in the state to receive four-year accreditation.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood, platelets, or plasma to survive. These patients depend on blood donors to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life.
Fighting cancer is hard; fighting childhood cancer is even harder. Imagine, as a parent, grandparent or family member hearing the news that your child or loved one, who can barely tie their own shoes, has been diagnosed with this life altering disease.
Every 8 minutes someone dies from an accidental drug overdose. Most of the time, it's from fentanyl.
The Beckley VA Medical Center is observing Overdose Awareness Week, Aug. 26-30.
The 15th Annual Friends of Charity Auto Fair (FOCAF), held July 12-13 at the Beckley-Raleigh County Memorial Airport, raised more than $62,000.
The state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health has issued a warning to medical professionals and facilities in West Virginia regarding patients with a severe pulmonary illness.
Preston Memorial Hospital became the first hospital in West Virginia to be named an acute stroke-ready facility by the Joint Commission.
Wheeling Hospital CEO Douglass Harrison released a statement on hospital safety.
On International Overdose Awareness Day this coming Saturday, MAKO Medical and Mary Sue Connelly will sponsor a free event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center to promote awareness for drug overdose.
West Virginia Wesleyan College eagerly welcomed students back on campus with the Bobcat Street Fair Saturday.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a new daycare that has opened in West Virginia to support babies that were born exposed to drugs, as locals struggle to find solutions to the opioid crisis.
A variety of topics and issues were informally discussed by members of Clarksburg City Council during Monday evening’s work session.
Lyme disease has continued its steady rise in West Virginia.
Wheeling Hospital has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain — MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2019. It is one of only 225 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.
A little Shakespeare came to mind during a recent shift in the Boston emergency room where I work.
For people with very high triglycerides, doctors generally recommend exercise and dietary changes, and if that doesn't work, statins, fibrates or niacin.
Nearly two years after losing its permission to accept Medicaid and Medicare, due to improper treatment plan documentation, Sharpe Hospital in Weston still can't accept Medicare/Medicaid patients.
St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Foundation recently held their 21st Annual Golf Tournament at the Raven Golf Club at Snowshoe Resort.
West Virginia University President Gordon Gee and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich are creating a nonprofit that will fight to steer cash from any national opioid settlement to hospitals, rather than to local and state governments already sparring for control of the dollars.
The physicians at WVU Medicine are offering new solutions for abdominal cancers that do not respond well to traditional chemotherapies.
Federal authorities are investigating more than 150 cases of severe lung infection possibly linked to people using e-cigarettes.
Wheeling Hospital took a few hours to thank its 2,000 or so employees Wednesday afternoon.
Scientists and bacteria are locked in an arms race. Over time, bacteria can evolve to resist today’s powerful vaccines.
More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer once, an influential health group recommended Tuesday.
Reggie Jones has been named the next executive director of Recovery Point West Virginia, the largest long-term, residential recovery program in the state, the organization announced Tuesday.
Gov. Jim Justice joined Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Dennis Davis on Wednesday to present a fleet of new vehicles for three U.S. Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the state.
The board of directors of WVU Medicine East, Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center, recently announced the appointment of Lindsey Hash to the health system board.
A parent advocate said she does not want to see back to school time in West Virginia translate to back to Juul time, referencing e-cigarette usage, for students.
At some point nearly everyone has to deal with pain.
Princeton will soon be the home of a new EMS education center that will be tops in the state.
West Virginia University men’s basketball and NBA legend Jerry West and his wife Karen have together made a leadership-level donation to the “Grow Children’s” Capital Campaign to pay for the new tower of WVU Medicine Children’s.
Cabell County Commissioner Kelli Sobonya and House of Delegates Representative John Mandt Jr will be hosting a “Public Safety Solutions Summit” at Christ Temple Church, 2400 Johnston Road, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m.
Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center Deputy Director Terry Massey cut the ribbon at a ceremony marking the completion of construction on a new Community Living Center.
Health care proponents say the skyrocketing cost of drugs, is forcing some patients to ration their medicine, which can be dangerous.
West Virginia has the highest rate of opioid overdoses per capita in the nation, at 47.94 per 100,000 residents, according to the CDC.
Health officials in Huntington, West Virginia, say a cluster of HIV infections has grown to 71 confirmed cases.
For a second year, the Monongalia County Health Department’s mobile dental facility, known as the Smile Express, will visit schools in several North Central West Virginia counties to provide dental services to students who need them.
A study published Monday suggests that fluoride consumed by pregnant women can decrease the IQ of their children.
WW, formerly known as Weight Watchers, has a new app now for kids.
Larrecsa Cox had a train ticket and $100 to her name. She was just trying to leave Wisconsin, and never anticipated she'd be combating drug addiction in a city that media referred to as "ground zero" for the opioid crisis.
As West Virginia high school students settle into a new routine and begin a new year, they also can look forward to hearing from former NBA player Chris Herren at the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and MVB Bank’s Opioid Awareness Summit at Marshall University in September.
It’s a constant race between medical treatments and the illnesses they target, and one West Virginia University School of Medicine researcher is working to ensure that the vaccine for one life-threatening illness stays in the lead of that race.
A program targeting ninth-grade students in Harrison County will return for another year to share its message of anti-bullying.
The Beckley Fire Department is inviting area residents to participate in the upcoming CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training.
A West Virginia city has given preliminary approval to an ordinance that would regulate a needle exchange run by the local health department.
Berkeley Medical Center has the capability to perform Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS).
Local patients with specialized medical devices with monitoring systems hooked up through their home phones are starting to be prepared for a time when traditional landline phone systems will be phased out.
Researchers at West Virginia University have found that p53-TIGAR-mediated glycolytic suppression decreases DNA damage, improves chromosomal instability and consequently prevents premature exhaustion in Fanconi anemia hematopoietic stem cells.
The WVU Medicine Diabetes Education Center hosted a tailgate this afternoon at the outpatient center at University Town Center before the Black Bears baseball game.
Scientists and bacteria are locked in an arms race.
AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, the corporate foundation of AmeriHealth Caritas West Virginia, brought one if its signature programs, Healthy Hoops, to Charleston last week in collaboration with YMCA of Kanawha Valley.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 250,000 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2017.
Katy Milkman played tennis at Princeton, and when she finished college, she went to the gym every day.
Louis Morano knew what he needed, and he knew where to get it.
With Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Center closing their doors, people are looking for new health service -- and some are looking for jobs.
A 4-part series of Dining with Diabetes classes begins Sept. 3 at the Romney Senior Center.
It’s time to fall into running. Local races such as Freedom’s Run on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Apple Trample on Saturday, Oct. 19, are coming up.
Legionnaires' disease is a serious type of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium, which is found in fresh water, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most children enrolled in Medicaid who get a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder don't get timely or appropriate treatment afterward.
Dr. James P. Griffith and his wife Marla have established the Dr. James P. and Marla R. Griffith Mountaineer Medical Scholar program.
With the start of school coming this week, students need to update their immunizations and have a dental examination before they enter the classrooms.
Cabell County’s ongoing HIV cluster, still the only one active in West Virginia, has risen to 71 cases, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
By the time Clinton County Coroner Steve Talbott arrived at the scene of an overdose in Southern Kentucky, the bottles of prescription pain pills usually had vanished.
The last living founder of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is dead.
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $910,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for 26 health centers throughout West Virginia.
The WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently hired three new pediatricians but staffing needs don’t end here.
Dr. Shafic Sraj, who specializes in orthopaedic hand surgery at WVU Medicine, and a team of three other physicians offer a newer approach to hand surgery that doesn’t require an operating room or even a hospital visit.
Students at four elementary schools in Ohio County will be learning about what is best to for them to eat with help from Wheeling Hospital’s dietician.
A week later, it’s time we looked at the flip side of the bloody slaughter in El Paso, Texas.
WVU Medicine Camden Clark held its annual "Health and Wellness Day" Saturday to increase the awareness to the Mid-Ohio Valley about the importance of leading healthy lives.
When Misty Woodard was 16 years old, she found her mother’s body after she overdosed on Halloween.
The first ever Morgantown Rally for Recovery will raise money to support West Virginia Sober Living.
Just days after closing announcements for two hospitals in the Upper Ohio Valley, the CEO of Wheeling Hospital said his staff members were already looking for ways to operate more efficiently and to potentially add to available health services.
The Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department along with four other departments were called out early this morning to a blaze on Route 7 just outside of town.
The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded nearly $1.5 million to health care centers in southern West Virginia.
Doctors have about three hours to administer the most effective treatment for the most common type of stroke. If they miss that window, recovery becomes questionable, and survival rates plummet.
Patients who are uninsured or underinsured (high deductible) are encouraged to register for a No Cost Clinic offered at Davis Medical Center on Tuesday, August 27, beginning at 1 p.m.
Megan Burkart, assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine’s Division of Physical Therapy, is the first physical therapist in West Virginia to achieve specialization as an Oncologic Clinical Specialist.
Federal authorities halted an Oak Hill pharmacy’s ability to dispense controlled substances Thursday, saying its practices of distributing buprenorphine, an opioid, posed “an imminent danger to the public health or safety” of the community.
Crater Community Hospice is partnering with The American Legion Riders Two Rivers Chapter 146 in Hopewell to hold its second annual Poker Run on Saturday, Aug. 10.
Raleigh General Hospital has received stroke accreditation from the joint commission, making them the only hospital in southern West Virginia with a certified stroke program, according to hospital officials.
Putnam County students have about two weeks left to make the most of summer vacation before school resumes on Thursday, Aug. 22, for the 2019-20 school year.
West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia may be receiving the best immediate treatment for traumatic injuries in the area.
Peyton Aurelio is a normal 10-year-old girl. She's about to start fifth grade at Scott Teays Elementary, and she enjoys soccer, gymnastics and being with her friends.
Did you know that West Virginia ranks the third lowest in the country for breast feeding rates, but one group of people is looking to change that.
Five hospitals in West Virginia have been recognized as high performing by the annual U.S. World and News Report “Best Hospitals” report.
Doctors at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute have treated the first patients in the world in a clinical trial to collect real-world, post-marketing data on the use of a new device for the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms.
Mon Health Medical Center and Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital both achieved four-star ratings for patient experience — the highest in West Virginia — in 2019-20 quality rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced that medical professionals at WVU Medicine in Morgantown will receive intense training from his office this week to identify, target and reduce human trafficking.
Taking care of the those on the front lines who fight the opioid epidemic, natural disasters, death and other potentially traumatic events is the main concern for a new wellness program developing in Huntington, according to the program manager Amy Berner.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says one out of every 167 pregnancies in the U.S. ends in stillbirth.
The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Stroke Center have once again been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® quality-improvement program for their excellence in care and commitment to improvement.
The community is invited Saturday to the Grand Central Mall to see what kind of health and medical services are available locally.
Most people don’t think of children when they think of joint or autoimmune issues, associating those problems with those who are more advanced in age.
The Davis & Elkins College 2019 class of nursing graduates are the third consecutive group to achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
The Camden Clark Foundation was WVU Medicine held it's 32nd annual charity golf classic Monday.
Doctors have about three hours to administer the most effective treatment for the most common type of stroke. If they miss that window, recovery becomes questionable, and survival rates plummet.
Rural Americans are more likely than their urban counterparts to die prematurely from the five most common killers: heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, when’s the last time those jeans were washed?
When we smear on sunscreen, dermatologist Kanade Shinkai with the University of California San Francisco says, most of us don't think about it getting under our skin.
Try either free exercise class at the Shepherd University Wellness Center.
You’re not in Kansas anymore… The yellow brick road to OZ took a detour to Oglebay Saturday!
A proposed audit of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department’s Harm Reduction Program — which operates the county’s syringe exchange — will not happen, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has confirmed.
Robert C. Byrd's high school football team worked together with United Hospital Center's united rehab for a "functional movement screening".
Sports medicine specialist Dr. Raymond de Cuba, who has served as team physician for several professional and college teams, has joined the staff at Wheeling Hospital.
Memories and good food were shared among many former St. Joseph’s Hospital employees from all departments at the fifth annual hospital reunion picnic Thursday at Southwood Park.
WVU Medicine Jefferson Medical Center has been recertified as a Level IV trauma center by the Office of Emergency Medical Services of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Women in Marshall County had a chance to get mammograms throughout Wednesday as Bonnie's Bus made a stop at Moundsville Pharmacy.
West Virginia University Health System is working to further impact the needs of the modern healthcare world through innovative procedures and financial alignment to allow for lower costs in an effort to give “hope” back to underserved communities in the state.
The Lewis County Health Department has seen an increase in Pertussis (Whooping Cough) cases in Lewis County throughout the past week. Pertussis cases are one of the mandatory reportable diseases that the Health Department investigates.
Students starting school and those continuing school in West Virginia are not exempt from mandatory immunizations unless medically eligible, according to the state Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Resources.
New River Health Association is now offering chiropractic care at the Scarbro location and will be offering mobile dental services in Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas counties this year, New River Health CEO John Schultz announced on Wednesday.
Most types of cancer have declined in recent years but health experts are warning the public, especially women, of skin cancer.
New River CTC to offer health class in Beaver
The decision seemed straightforward. Bob McHenry’s heart was failing, and doctors recommended two high-risk surgeries to restore blood flow. Without the procedures, McHenry, 82, would die.
An annual summer highlight in the Upper Kanawha Valley area, the Let's Get Moving Kid's Health & Safety Fair, will be held at Montgomery General Hospital this Friday, Aug. 2.
To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.
About 40 percent of veterans who receive medical care through the Veterans Health Administration are now covered at urgent care clinics.
The 86-year-old woman in rural Utah doesn’t usually answer solicitations from strangers, she said, but the young couple who knocked on her front door seemed so nice.
While it is a few months away from completion, the Fairmont Friendship Room got a few steps closer to completion Tuesday.
Recently, WVU Medicine joined an elite fellowship of American medical centers that utilizes MRI-guided focused ultrasound to help patients with movement disorders.
When Sonia Anderson got her first Fitbit step tracker, her poor pooch, Bronx, had no idea of all the steps that were coming.
The Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine welcomed its newest class of students with the annual White Coat Ceremony Friday, July 26, at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.
Two nurses from WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center will receive the Emerging Nurse Leader Award by the West Virginia Future of Nursing Action Coalition as part of its 40 under 40 leadership campaign.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Mountain Health Network medical and dental staff welcome Jason Mader, D.O., to their team of cardiologists.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Raleigh County will host a mental health summit of medical professionals at the National Mine Health & Safety Academy near Beckley, in August.
Attendees of the upcoming Jefferson County African American Cultural and Heritage Festival will also be offered free health testing and education from WVU Medicine.
While cancer survival rates are going up, this creates new challenges for patients and the medical community as was discussed Friday during the WVU Cancer Institute’s fifth Breast Cancer Conference.
A researcher at West Virginia University is heading up a telehealth program to quickly connect people in rural areas with medical care.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department swore in its new health officer on Thursday and heard an update on its back-to-school vaccination clinic.
The 24th World Scout Jamboree is in session, and with 45,000 Scouts and leaders from more than 150 countries visiting West Virginia, it's a No. 1 priority for facilitators to do everything they can to keep everyone safe.
Mon Health physicians will have access to Board Certified Neurologists from WVU to quickly assess and recommend treatment for urgent stroke patients.
Lyme disease cases are on the rise in West Virginia, compared to the same time a year earlier, state and local health officials said.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rural Americans are more likely than their urban counterparts to die prematurely from the five most common killers: heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke. Telehealth—the use of technology to provide healthcare remotely—is an emerging way to combat these trends.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department swore in its new health officer on Thursday and heard an update on its back-to-school vaccination clinic.
Graduate student Shahab Haghayegh has long had trouble sleeping
As the region nears its typical peak season for mosquito-borne illness, West Virginia’s public health officials are continuing to monitor for viruses in mosquito populations across the state.
The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is offering a new program for adults, “Healthy Inside and Out” to start in August.
Family, friends, and race fans once again gathered at the Mountain State Motor Speedway to pay tribute to a Lewis County man who tragically lost his life in a workplace accident in January 2019 during the third annual Hunter Osborn Memorial Go Kart Race.
Keven Walgamott, a real estate agent who lost his left hand and part of his arm in an electrical accident in 2002, got emotional when he was able to clasp his hands together and "feel" the space between his thumb and his index finger using a 3D-printed prosthetic hand in 2016.
At a summer camp in Weston, children from across the state and as far away as Tennessee have something in common: They all live with asthma.
State lawmakers heard plans Tuesday about a potential nursing home for veterans in Beckley.
West Virginia's capital city says it's expanding its drug treatment services to help address the opioid crisis.
Two professors at West Virginia University College of Law helped to secure the recent release of data that is shedding light on the national distribution of opioids.
One of the most well-known doctors in the area is celebrating a milestone this year.
Danielle Mannina, a ninth-grader at Poca High School, was a delegate to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston in June.
What is now considered an option of last resort for addressing epilepsy may one day become the go-to option that benefits not only patients and their families but the whole healthcare system.
Charles Glover doesn’t mince words when assessing Clarksburg, West Virginia, the town where he was raised and still lives today.
Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday.
The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the Alphenix 4D CT from Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc.
Two new programs will debut in Alderson on Tuesday, July 23, at the Alderson Community Market.
Customers of Giant Food Stores contributed more than $710,000 during Giant Food Stores’ annual in-store campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN).
You may be tempted to videotape your kids complaining about the heat and show it to them this winter.
It’s the kind of training that could save lives.
Officials at Wheeling Hospital spent the day teaching seniors how to change their lives to avoid falls, as it hosted its first fall prevention program.
The WVU Medicine East Foundation recently purchased an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Martinsburg.
Residents of the Bridgeport area soon will have a new location close to home for all their orthopedic medical needs.
Sandwiched between the retina and the eye’s vascular layer, the retinal pigment epithelium is just a single layer of cells, but it plays an outsize role in energizing the retina.
A Marshall University researcher has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to bolster her work related to heart and vascular diseases, particularly heart attacks.
Marshall University's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has joined a clinical study to test the use of a new device implanted during spinal surgery with the goal of preserving more motion than a traditional lumbar fusion.
A pair of recreational projects in West Virginia are the recipients of AARP Community Challenge grants, the organization announced Friday.
The Future of Nursing West Virginia Action Coalition has announced the 2019 “40 under 40” Emerging Nurse Leader Award winners.
he growth of WVU Medicine shows no signs of slowing down, but one thing that is nearing the finish line is more parking opportunities for patients and visitors to the hospital system.
95 degree temperatures and high humidity: a combination that can prove to be more than uncomfortable. It can be deadly.
West Virginia Department of Transportation officials are urging locals to "yield" to the 24th World Scout Jamboree traffic on Sunday, July 21, when 200 buses per hour will be arriving in Fayette County for the Jamboree.
Researchers at West Virginia University, with help from Marshall University, have created a new map that could one day lead to new understanding and treatment of tough-to-tackle conditions such as stroke or dementia.
United Hospital Center is offering the “5210 Way to Go” program to address the prevalence of obesity among children in the Mountain State.
Huntington, WV was always considered the perfect place to raise a family.
By all accounts the woman, in her late 60s, appeared to have severe dementia.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department will offer walk-in clinic hours for school-required vaccines from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 5-9 at its location, 108 Lee St. E. Appointments are not necessary.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital medical and dental staff welcome Jesse N. Cottrell, M.D., to their obstetrics and gynecology team of providers.
The WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute has rolled out a new, non-invasive treatment for patients living with movement disorders — becoming the first center in the state and one of only 15 in the nation to offer the treatment.
A new medical diagnosing procedure will allow pulmonologists with West Virginia University Medicine Berkeley Medical Center to diagnosis lung cancer, among other ailments, in residents of the Eastern Panhandle in a less invasive way.
A popular Beckley cardiologist who was seriously injured when his house in North Carolina exploded earlier this month is recovering, an office worker reported Tuesday.
Bonnie’s Bus, a 45-foot, state-of-the-art mobile mammography vehicle, will visit Preston County to offer three-dimensional digital mammograms and breast care education to women.
Scientists are beginning to understand why Alzheimer's disease affects more women than men, and why the disease seems to progress more quickly in women's brains.
Charleston Area Medical Center has been recognized by the American College of Cardiology, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit medical association, for its cardiac catheterization lab work with patients and other procedures.
Thanks to the expertise and technology to be found at WVU Medicine, some major life decisions for some of the Mountain State’s men don’t have to be permanent.
West Virginia’s U.S. senators on Monday announced a $444,000 grant for heart and vascular diseases research at Marshall University.
Between baseball, math, space and other interests, there are a lot of different summer camps to choose from, but one group of high schoolers is getting a sneak peek into the lives of neurologists during West Virginia University’s first Brain Camp, which commenced Monday.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine is one of 30 health care organizations throughout the United States and the only one in West Virginia taking part in an FDA investigational device exemption (IDE) study, sponsored by Premia Spine, Ltd., to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the TOPS™ System compared to traditional lumbar fusion.
A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found.
As we age, the risk of falling increases and becomes increasingly perilous.
After setting out on the road to recovery about five years ago, David and Lakie Delida left a drug treatment center with little more than a couple of trash bags full of clothes, but today they are part of the community that reaches out with understanding and love to people who want to escape the chains of drug abuse and alcoholism.
In a waiting room at the Banner Alzheimer's Institute in Phoenix, a 74-year-old woman named Rubie is about to find out whether she has a gene that puts her at risk for Alzheimer's.
Welcome to parenthood! For many of us, parenthood is like being air-dropped into a foreign land, where protohumans rule and communication is performed through cryptic screams and colorful fluids.
This year I joined the ranks of 40 million Americans who are family caregivers as I began to care for my 81-year-old father.
The Joint Commission visited Hershel "Woody" Williams VAMC this week to evaluate our service to our Veterans.
Bethany Sturm’s day as a teacher is a little different than others who teach grades 5 through 8.
The Harrison County Child Advocacy Center, otherwise known as CAC, received a donation of $60,000 from natural gas company Arsenal Resources Thursday morning.
Women, infants, and children using the WIC program in West Virginia are said to have access to more resources and preventive health care.
When children suffer from severe malnourishment, they don't just lose weight.
Heart disease is the leading cause of disability and death worldwide. About 2,200 people in the U.S. die per day due to cardiovascular problems, or one every 40 seconds.
WorkForce West Virginia is launching a three-year, $10 million program to provide recovery services and job training to people affected by the state's opioid drug abuse epidemic.
An area in the western region of West Virginia has been issued a heat advisory by the National Weather Service, prompting the opening of cooling stations.
Mercer County’s law enforcement agencies and rescue squads recorded 144 drug overdose cases – four of them fatal – between January and June this year, the Mercer County Commission was told Tuesday.
A two-day research symposium at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine honored the scientific achievements of Zijian Xie, Ph.D., and his 2008 discovery of the scaffolding/signaling function of the Na/K-ATPase sodium pump, a significant research finding that has had tremendous applications in both biology and medicine.
The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical care.
U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday announced $16,467,418 for Head Start and fatherhood reentry programs across West Virginia through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Over 100 children have reached their final week participating in the four-week National Youth Sports Program summer camp at West Virginia University, but activities are hardly slowing down.
When Mary Kay Gilbert saw her doctor in May for a skin infection on her leg, she wasn’t surprised to receive a prescription for an antibiotic cream.
Emerging technology can offer some of the Mountain State’s chronic pain patients a safe and effective alternative to risky opioid prescriptions.
Car wrecks are the leading cause of injury and death for children annually.
Do the nutritional supplements people take or the diets they adhere to actually protect them against cardiovascular problems and death?
From 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, intrepid, skilled and lucky anglers all can reel in potentially prize-winning fish during a day on the river, while simultaneously supporting the programs of the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
The fate of the Affordable Care Act is again on the line Tuesday, as a federal appeals court in New Orleans takes up a case in which a lower court judge has already ruled the massive health law unconstitutional.
Although the Backyard Brawl is making a comeback, the long and epic rivalry between West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh does not apply when it comes to tackling the Appalachian region’s ongoing health challenges.
The HIV cluster in Huntington appears contained within Cabell County for now.
Chris Mullett’s work is cut out for him.
Over the weekend, complimenting Romney’s Day of Caring, Refresh Restart Romney coordinated an effort to increase sharing and community mindedness in town with a hygiene box and a little library.
Medications attach to the proteins in our bodies the way spacecrafts dock into the International Space Station.
New Kanawha-Charleston Health Department Executive Director Dr. Sherri Young has a wide range of goals for the organization.
Marshall County and city leaders were in high spirits Tuesday afternoon for the grand opening of Your CBD Store Moundsville.
The health care industry, ranging from pharmaceuticals companies down to physicians, certainly has contributed to the substance abuse crisis. Overwhelmingly, however, health care practitioners did so involuntarily. They believed drug company assurances that there was only a minuscule risk of addiction to opioid painkillers.
As the temperatures continue to rise and summer barbeques, hikes and pool parties are planned, medical professionals urge the community to stay wary of the hidden dangers in backyards and lakesides alike.
The West Virginia Health Care Association (WVHCA) recently honored Stephanie Clay, director of nursing at Meadow Garden in Rainelle, as the WVHCA Distinguished Director of Nursing for 2018.
Since October 2018, Tudor’s Biscuit World employees and customers throughout the state have worked together to raise $34,000 in an effort to help grant the wishes of West Virginia children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
Despite hospital systems and health officials calling out the need for more primary care doctors, graduates of U.S. medical schools are becoming less likely to choose to specialize in one of those fields.
As the Fourth of July holiday has arrived, many residents in the Kanawha Valley have probably already stocked up on bottle rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers and other types of consumer fireworks.
As WVU Medicine continues to expand its network and management footprint throughout the state, new physicians are joining to enhance its patient treatment and surgical services during the summer.
Son came down with rare disease after having strep throat
Cooking classes, gardening lessons and courses on self-management of chronic diseases are just a few of the many offerings planned for the Montwell Commons Barn in Lewisburg
After Huntington resident Adam Greathouse suffered a severe and traumatic brain injury, he decided to take his experience and turn it into a chance to help other veterans throughout the community. He continues to serve his country through being an ambassador for the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic.
Some unique cars were on display in Parkersburg this afternoon.
Proceeds and donations from the Cruise-In put on by BIG A Mufflers went to WVU Children’s Hospital.
The car show which took place at the South Parkersburg Walmart had about 50 cars on display.
This was one of the several car shows this group has put on in the area raising money over the last few years.
June marks Subaru Loves to Care month and Jenkins Subaru in Bridgeport has partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) to bring warmth to cancer survivors being treated at United Hospital Center (UHC). Through their generosity, 80 blankets were recently donated locally.
Try either free exercise class at the Shepherd University Wellness Center. Beginning Tai Chi will be offered at noon every Tuesday and provides a gentle workout to improve balance and fitness. In addition, Exercise as Medicine will be offered at 10 a.m. every Friday and will get you up and moving toward a healthier, fitter you.
A green van was parked on the edge of downtown Miami, on a corner shadowed by overpasses. The vehicle serves as a mobile health clinic and syringe exchange, where people who inject drugs like heroin and fentanyl could swap dirty needles for fresh ones.
Is there anyone in West Virginia who hasn’t experienced the effects of our state’s opioid epidemic?
Marshall University's Collegiate Recovery Community is now open to students, and it aims to provide support to students going through recovery from substance use disorder, eating disorders or mental health issues, said Amy Saunders, director of the MU Wellness Center.
Area veterans participated in a variety of sporting competitions during the 1st Annual Hero Games at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Raleigh County Friday.
Livongo Health on Friday filed a registration statement for a proposed initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
While reported hepatitis A cases are slowing in West Virginia, compared to last summer’s peak, health officials said they won’t declare the outbreak over until cases return to the state’s baseline: three cases per year.
The Princeton Community Hospital Association announced Thursday it has agreed to acquire Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Patients who are brain-injured and unresponsive may appear unconscious, but a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine repurposed a widely-used technology to demonstrate that the brains of some of these patients are still active.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned patients and health care providers using certain types of insulin pumps of cyber threats involving the devices, with the pumps recalled due to vulnerabilities that could lead to negative health consequences for users.
West Virginians may gain better access to investigational approaches to managing and preventing substance abuse disorders related to the ongoing opioid epidemic as part of a collaborative $5.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The oldest and largest minority student-run organization in the United States now has a local chapter housed at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Surgeons at the WVU Cancer Institute have performed a robotic-assisted surgery to implant a hepatic artery infusion pump to treat a patient with colon cancer that spread to the liver.
Smoking and breast feeding are two major areas for perinatal health improvement in southern West Virginia.
Marshall Health-Teays Valley has added pediatric and adult neurology services, according to a news release.
"Everything we do here has a purpose," says Becky Frampton about her new Poca-based business called Service Station, an IDD Waiver agency with a unique vision that provides services for people with disabilities.
This week, the nation will celebrate America's 243rd birthday.
West Virginia has seen gains in three of four indicators of child well-being used to track children’s health as well as three of four family and community indicators, according to the 2019 Kids Count Data Book released this month by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
With the goal of increasing transparency and accessibility to the judicial branch, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals on Monday released a series of videos to explain the process of obtaining a domestic violence petition.
It’s been a long road, but the Putnam County Health Department is a week away from becoming independent once again.
Anyone who has tried to shop around for hospital services knows this: It's hard to get prices in advance.
A grant-funded coalition in Huntington is working to make connections between businesses and those with dementia through training and community activities.
Pam Holland, director of clinical education for Marshall University’s Department of Communication Disorders, has received board certification in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S), making her the only swallowing specialist in West Virginia certified by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.
As the West Virginia Legislature continues its special session on education policy, the West Virginia Hospital Association is already planning for the next regular legislative session.
Beckley ARH Hospital has been awarded accreditation by HFAP, the nation’s original independent, accreditation program recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Marion County Health Department is keeping an eye out for mosquitoes.
For years, illegal drugs have been a prevalent issue across the Mountain State, and methamphetamine specifically has become the most problematic now, officials say.
Junior Volunteer Orientation was held June 7 in Classroom 2 of United Hospital Center.
The northeastern region of West Virginia — including some North Central West Virginia counties — has seen an increase in rabies cases this year compared to 2018, according to a state Department of Health and Human Resources spokeswoman.
The boards of directors of Wheeling Hospital and the West Virginia University Health System on Thursday announced they have entered into a management services agreement and named Douglass E. Harrison as Wheeling Hospital’s new chief executive officer.
A group of 22 rising eighth-graders wrapped up the WVU Tech Junior Nursing Academy with a CPR class at Raleigh General Hospital (RGH) on Thursday.
On the 13th and 14th of July, Angels will descend upon Beverly. Instead of bright lights and feathered wings, however, these Angels will come with sharp instruments, rolls of bandages, and a lot of blood.
Lasting 21 weeks, the 2018-19 flu season was not only the longest in a decade, it was unusually marked by two separate waves of influenza A sickness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday in a new report.
One in five adults in the US lives with a mental health problem according to the National Institute of Mental Health - but most don't seek out professional help.
Research suggests young people shifting their posture to use cellphones is causing them to develop hornlike spurs at the base of their skulls, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Starting next summer, the Charleston Area Medical Center will have more students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine training in its facilities, according to a news release Wednesday announcing a new collaboration between the two entities.
Awareness and support are two key actions that can be done in the fight of Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s Association officials say.
With a sound budget and healthy reserve funds, the Putnam County Health Department will begin operating independently of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department on July 1 for the first time in six years, according to Lolita Kirk, incoming administrator for the PCHD.
West Virginia Health Right, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Charleston Area Medical Center's Ryan White Program and Covenant House of Charleston are coming together to provide free HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day.
After obtaining his master’s degree in health care administration, Paul Seamann could have taken a number of different career paths.
Greenbrier Valley Lifecare is a nonprofit organization that has been actively working to establish a retirement community in the Greenbrier Valley.
On Wednesday, the US Environmental Protection Agency under President Trump finalized its rollback of President Obama's signature climate policy -- the Clean Power Plan, which aimed to reduce coal-fired power plant emissions.
While childhood obesity remains a serious problem in the United States, an "encouraging" new study finds that obesity rates among low-income preschoolers have declined.
Four speakers led attendees through the tangle of issues related to the local opioid crisis during a public forum last Saturday, June 15 at Berkeley Springs High School.
Patients living in the “Valley” no longer have to go far to visit a neurologist thanks to a new line of services being offered at Marshall Health - Teays Valley.
Suicide rates among young people have continued to soar in recent years -- so much so that the rate among 15- to 24-year-olds climbed in 2017 to its highest point since 2000, new research has found.
Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke.
Tests by an online pharmacy turned up another cancer-causing compound in heart medications, and these drugs haven't been recalled.
Each summer, as Lauren Rutkowski and her husband Joel await the arrival of energized, sun-kissed children for their seven-week camp, the couple surveys the canoes and paddleboards, the arts and crafts, the food menus -- and every camper's vaccination records.
In the case of WVU Medicine, one crucial new hire has lead to a ripple effect that has resulted in rapid expansion of treatment capabilities to help the old and the young in society.
That’s the date Robin Oldaker, of Buckhannon, received her cancer diagnosis.
Dr. Louise Aronson says the U.S. doesn't have nearly enough geriatricians — physicians devoted to the health and care of older people: "There may be maybe six or seven thousand geriatricians," she says.
Your social media could reveal a lot more about you than you think.
Patients who receive a diagnosis of coronary heart disease are at higher risk for cognitive decline later on, a new study shows.
According to the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book, West Virginia has seen improvements in three of four indicators of child well-being.
Like it or not, mosquitoes are part our natural environment.
The 16th annual Who’s Who in West Virginia Business Luncheon paid tribute to leaders in a variety of industries and professions who are committed to improving the Mountain State for everyone.
If you happen to notice letters missing from signs, social media pages and websites, the American Red Cross has done its job.
If the American Cancer Society’s projections prove accurate, more people will die from pancreatic cancer than from breast, brain, ovarian or prostate cancer this year.
Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is the death of any child younger than 1 year that is unexpected and unexplained.
What began as student research at the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute has grown into a biotech start-up offering a product that could improve medicine and education across the country.
As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the Ohio Valley, West Virginians find themselves on top of a list they don’t want to be on.
Orthopaedic surgeons at WVU Medicine are now offering a procedure for the treatment of full thickness cartilage defects of the knee.
A Huntington attorney representing the Cabell County Commission in its lawsuit filed against drug companies accused of fueling the community’s drug epidemic met with commissioners Thursday ahead of filing an amended complaint in the case.
If swimming is your thing, there are some things you need to watch out for if you’re planning on getting in the water.
West Virginia football players in the 26th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis classic took time Wednesday to visit WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.
In a few weeks, babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) will be able to recover in Thomas Memorial Hospital's new NAS Special Care Unit.
WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center held its first physician service awards and retirement recognition dinner at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna on Tuesday.
Cancer treatments are rendered useless when patients are left without adequate transportation, which is exactly what the Road to Recovery program aims to combat, according to program officials.
Davis Medical Center is offering men over the age of 50 an opportunity to learn how to stay on top of health issues and ways to prevent illnesses during the Men’s Health Night.
Now in its seventh year, the Drug Free Moms and Babies program in Greenbrier Valley has worked to improve health outcomes for pregnant women with substance use disorders and their babies.
The Wellness Center at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center announces a youth summer fitness program, Wellkids Fun In Training.
Cabell County Commissioner Kelli Sobonya said she’s requested an audit of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department’s needle exchange program.
he Chambers YMCA Light of the Valley honoree for 2019, Dr. Gregory Merrick, knows the value of keeping fit and educating the public on health issues.
On any other day you might not expect to see Mickey Mouse hanging out in the parking lot at Mon Health Medical Center, but Saturday the hospital hosted their annual Health Fair on the Mon Heath Campus.
The Diabetes and Nutrition Education Department of WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center offers a monthly wellness group aimed at offering support, camaraderie and wellness advice to community members living with diabetes.
Madeline Collins of Princeton will spend two days next week at the 29th annual Dr. Bill Neches Heart Camp for Kids, in association with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
No single sinew in the human body is more notorious in the sports world — with the power to end an athlete’s season in an instant — than the anterior cruciate ligament, commonly known as the ACL.
Having annual mamograms is the best way for doctors to detect early signs of breast cancer- a program with the WVU Cancer Institute is making sure that annual check-up comes to patients no matter where they are.
An opioid manufacturer has agreed to pay $225 million to resolve federal investigations into allegations that it paid kickbacks and used other illegal marketing tactics to sell a powerful fentanyl spray, authorities said Wednesday.
The Trauma Department of WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center recently hosted a free "Stop the Bleed" training workshop for employees of Berkeley County Schools.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has awarded a combined $315,000 to 12 health sciences students from across West Virginia to help pay for their education, including three area students.
Two steps can save a life at times of cardiac arrest.
The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is joining with the state’s two largest universities for an opioid prevention program this fall.
The Grafton City Hospital Auxiliary recently helped purchase a King Vision (TM) Laryngoscope for the Emergency Department.
Chip Hensell, chairman of the WVU Medicine University Healthcare Foundation board of directors, recently announced the names of 21 recipients of the 2019 Judge Gray Silver, Jr. Health Professions Scholarship.
Teachers and educators from across Berkeley County gathered at the Ramer Center on Tuesday for the Control The Bleed training program.
Medical researchers at West Virginia University are working to better understand the role inflammation plays in regard to neurological diseases.
Cabell Huntington Hospital recently received the Center of Excellence accreditation in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Robotic Surgery by Surgery Review Corporation for the second year in a row.
Summer time usually brings people to the outdoors, but there are potential dangers lurking in our own backyards, according to the West Virginia Poison Center.
An ingredient found in dietary supplements may cause a miscarriage or harm fetal development, the US Food and Drug Administration warned women of childbearing age on Monday.
Coffee lovers might be able to breathe a sigh of relief -- a new study found that drinking even large amounts of the caffeinated beverage won't stiffen arteries and harm your heart.
As minimally invasive surgery continues to take off, Charleston Area Medical Center has a new tool at its disposal for addressing liver cancer.
Raleigh General Hospital recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of LifePoint Health, the health system of which it is a part, with a donation to the Fraternal Order of Police.
According to a release, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will launch its new community care program June 6.
People are talking about the benefits of CBD.
As the older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in the United States, and particularly in the Tri-State region, those in need of home health care services is rising as well.
Visit any Greenbrier Medical Arts Pharmacy location to complete a brief enrollment form and receive your first 30-day supply of children’s vitamins absolutely free.
One year ago, Sarah Rogers, RN, Critical Care at United Hospital Center (UHC), was offered the opportunity to join 240 hospitals nationwide to reduce Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) rates through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) program.
The United Hospital Center is working with the American Heart Association to help patients learn to eat heart healthy.
The annual Color Me Fun 5-K Walk and Run was held in downtown Parkersburg Thursday evening.
Educators are pushing for school mental health programs — like one that exists in Ohio County Schools — to be expanded across West Virginia.
While WVU Medicine has and continues to build a reputation of tackling some of the state’s most high profile health concerns, such as various forms of cardiac illnesses, cancer and addiction, the healthcare organization also provides a wide range of quality-of-life services to help area residents.
Access ways will have to be kept clear for people entering health care facilities in Charleston under a proposed ordinance that was pending Wednesday in front of Charleston City Council’s Ordinance and Rules Committee.
Pregnant African American women are more likely than white women to give birth prematurely, but they’re underrepresented in studies of preterm birth rates.
There's nothing magical about the number 10,000.
School can be tough on kids who have overweight or obesity.
John Draper and I are sitting in the cab of a tractor on the research farm he manages for the University of Maryland, alongside the Chesapeake Bay. Behind us, there's a sprayer.
Health care costs are the top financial issue facing most American families, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday.
Carole Daly, president of the WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center Auxiliary, recently announced the 2019 Landis Health Professions Scholarship recipients.
The American Cancer Society’s 2019 Relay for Life of Jackson County is set for Friday at Washington’s Riverfront Park in Ravenswood.
Hundreds of Hurricane Middle School students participated in a Wellness Walk to help raise money for the American Heart Association on May 22.
To help strengthen regional partnerships and improve outcomes, a free perinatal health conference will be held Wednesday, June 26.
As a kid, Molly Easterlin loved playing sports.
Energy drinks may promise a boost, but experts are increasingly concerned that their cocktails of ingredients could have unintended health risks.
The World Health Organization is bringing attention to the problem of work-related stress.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the Defense Department’s Real Warriors Campaign is asking current and former military to reach out.
WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center celebrated the National Nurses Week with a ceremony on May 13 to announce the 2019 nursing award recipients.
A West Virginia Healthcare startup, named High Hopes, has emerged with a strategy to not only change the way we care for our loved ones with Alzheimer’s/Dementia, but also has a unique and creative approach to help those who don’t have $3,333-$8,500 per month to pay for their loved ones’ care, which is the average cost of Alzheimer’s care in West Virginia.
Bullying is many things: teasing, name-calling, stereotyping, fighting, exclusion, spreading rumors, public shaming and aggressive intimidation. It can be in real life (IRL) or online.
"One man's food is another man's poison." - Lucretius (99-55 B.C.)
I had always imagined going through pregnancy surrounded by family and friends.
There may be new hope for stroke patients: An experimental nerve stimulation therapy helped reduce disability, new research finds.
E-cigarette flavors can damage the cells that line your blood vessels and perhaps your heart health down the line, according to a new study of human cells in the lab.
A number of local winners were announced as part of the Attorney General's third "Kid Kick Opioids" design contest, a competition designed to spur creativity and raise awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.
In October 2016, David Stevens shared with local media his vision — a vision to house roughly 100 men in need of substance use treatment.
Toilet provisions for women in the UK must be boosted so there are two female toilets to every male one, according to a new report on the state of public facilities.
May is a pretty special time of the year at our Agency - it's Older Americans Month!
Four Kanawha County agencies are banding together to provide HIV screenings and education for at-risk populations.
Whether you’re happy, sad, or angry, you might go to social media to post about it.
In Christianity, a burning candle symbolizes illumination of the truth and the idea that life continues after death.
The wheels of change are turning in the Mountain State. Not everyone is in agreement about medical marijuana, but treatment will soon be legal. For one cancer patient going through chemotherapy, his desperate search for relief turned him to use medicinal marijuana.
Discussions on long-term changes within America’s health-care system and big-data potential marked the first day of the 2019 Healthcare Symposium on Wednesday.
Your diet may have more impact on your cancer risk than you might think, a new study has found.
The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.
Simple Cooking with Heart is now being offered for the first time in North Central West Virginia to Cardiac Rehab patients at United Hospital Center by the American Heart Association.
Inflammation can be a good thing. If you burn yourself, it helps your skin heal.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Access and Mobility Partnership Grants program has awarded nearly $195,000 to the Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center.
New River Community and Technical College is offering first aid and CPR training classes at each of the college’s campus on Wednesdays in June.
As the number of American adults dying of cancer continues to decline, the number who are dying of heart disease is on the rise, according to a new report.
In an attempt to prevent an HIV cluster like the one identified in Cabell County in March, four Kanawha County agencies are joining together to provide opportunities for HIV screenings and education for some of the county’s most at-risk individuals.
More people in West Virginia are now eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as SNAP, to help with monthly food costs.
The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating Emergency Medical Services Week this week with events organized around the theme “EMS Strong, Beyond the Call.”
Researchers at West Virginia University are fighting West Virginia’s opioid epidemic with new professional development opportunities for social workers.
Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, a new study says.
Health care is the top issue for Americans, according to a new poll from RealClear Opinion Research.
Lauren Walls had lived with panic attacks, nightmares and flashbacks for years.
Last May, Mike Ragan felt chest pains that forced him to call an ambulance to treat him for a heart attack.
A 26-by-5-foot cinderblock wall can say a lot.
A West Virginia native will become the head of the nation’s largest organization for medical professionals next month.
The former president and CEO of a D.C.-area hospice and its north-central West Virginia affiliate — who resigned last year amid accusations of bullying employees and lavishly spending company money — has been rehired by the local hospice.
Less-expensive, easier-to-prepare ultraprocessed foods can make you fat, a new study says.
As cloudy skies start to turn sunnier, you might be checking your stash of sunscreen.
Go outside and get some fresh air! It's something our parents told us to do as kids, and it could be just what the doctor ordered for a workforce that spends most of the day sitting and staring at screens.
When Sterling Witt was a teenager in Missouri, he was diagnosed with scoliosis. Before long, the curvature of his spine started causing chronic pain.
A conference will be held Saturday in Morgantown on how the faith community is addressing the opioid crisis.
A former smoker named Amanda visited West Virginia – where zero state dollars are spent on tobacco prevention, and which has the highest smoking rate in the country – on Thursday, and talked about her daughter.
“I smoked my first cigarette when I was in 5th grade.”
As the cost of prescription medication soars, consumers are increasingly taking generic drugs: low-cost alternatives to brand-name medicines.
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a study finds.
The blue light in LED lighting that is increasingly used in our homes can damage the eye's retina while disturbing our biological and sleep rhythms, a French health authority warned in a new report.
The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams is issuing a warning about addiction.
For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer.
Over 20 million babies around the world -- about 1 out of every 7 -- were born underweight in 2015, a slight improvement over rates in 2000 but not enough to meet goals and prevent global health consequences, according to a new study.
Local residents and staff members of Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center participated in the ninth annual VA 2K Walk Wednesday to benefit homeless veterans.
Researchers are developing a smartphone app that, with the help of a simple paper funnel, might help parents detect fluid buildup in a child's ear — one symptom of an ear infection.
For the first time, the federal government is shining a spotlight on the quality of rehabilitation care at nursing homes — services used by nearly 2 million older adults each year.
With thousands of young people from around the world expected at an event in West Virginia this summer, state health officials and Boy Scout leaders say they’re preparing for the possibility of children bringing measles with them.
U.S. birth rates hit their lowest point in 32 years in 2018, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Amid one of the largest measles outbreaks in the U.S. in recent history, vaccines are on the minds of many Americans.
There's no effective treatment for dementia, which affects 50 million people worldwide, but the World Health Organization says there's much can be done to delay or slow the onset and progression of the disease.
With an increase in outdoor activity, local residents should watch out for diseases spread through ticks or mosquitoes.
The Alzheimer’s Association will host a community forum Tuesday in Beckley.
Prevention of substance use disorders can play a vital role in the fight against the drug epidemic.
Taking low-dose aspirin to prevent heart disease and stroke is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in the skull in people without a history of those conditions, according to a new report.
The news an elderly relative has broken a hip tends to sound alarm bells, perhaps more than breaking another bone would.
Do you move around a lot during your sleep?
Although West Virginia has not yet had a case of measles during outbreaks across the country, the WV Immunization Network is encouraging vaccinations to keep residents safe.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is now offering a new elective for students that addresses clinical nutrition and culinary medicine.
Researchers at West Virginia University aim to find solutions to help traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients improve their everyday quality of life.
Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will be among the featured speakers during The Health Plan 2019 Healthcare Symposium in May.
Yvonne Bubienko stands over a flesh-colored dummy leg that appears to have suffered a deep and severe laceration.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month -- a time for renewed focus on mental health. It is a critical health problem in the US according to the Department of Health.
It was a warm, wet winter this year across much of the United States.
While food shopping, I often find myself longing for a time before food could be organized into a complicated and terrifying hierarchy.
Treating a stubborn blood disease that strikes children may come down to tweaking energy production in stem cells, suggests research out of West Virginia University.
Savanah Harshbarger estimates she performed as many as 10 pelvic exams last year on patients before gynecologic surgeries, feeling for fibroid tumors or other abnormalities.
Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert this afternoon joined Vice President for Research John M. Maher, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Chairman Michael J. Farrell and university mascot Marco to unveil a plaque commemorating the university’s climb in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Hundreds of thousands of uninsured people may soon have access to medication meant to curb the HIV epidemic.
A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds, melon, kiwi or butternut squash are suitable for vegans. The answer, at least according to QI, is none of them.
A measles outbreak that has affected 23 states has local residents and health-care professionals on heightened alert.
A Children’s Mental Health Fair is being held Saturday, May 11 in Fairmont.
May 6 was National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and the month of May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Hundreds of public safety officials and first responders are in the Kanawha Valley this week for the West Virginia Public Safety Expo.
Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can be a sign of an impending miscarriage.
The American Red Cross West Virginia Region will be getting a next-generation emergency response vehicle courtesy of the American Electric Power Foundation.
Choosing a safe but effective sunscreen is becoming a pain in the brain.
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the application for its Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants is now open.
Time is the most crucial element when it comes to treating patients who are experiencing a stroke -- and a new study suggests that that crucial window could be a little longer than previously thought.
The Mon Health Medical Center Foundation has committed $200,000 over two years for expansion of the Fairmont State University nursing program, according to a Fairmont State University news release.
There are numerous opportunities right here in southern West Virginia for individuals interested in pursuing a career in nursing.
Roughly 700 women die in the U.S. each year from pregnancy-related complications, including during delivery and complications up to a year after birth, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study.
People around the world are increasingly bending their elbows.
Should you chew gum if you're trying to lose weight?
Many women have a hard time admitting — even to themselves — that they're being abused by their husband or partner.
Researchers at West Virginia University, specifically the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS), are exploring ways to improve physical education in the nation’s schools.
While part of West Virginia's $37 million settlement with McKesson Corp. over excessive pain pill distribution in the state will go to addiction-related purposes, several lawmakers are opposing West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's plan to put part of the settlement toward his own office's expenses.
The West Virginia University Health System (operating as WVU Medicine) and The Health Plan, a Wheeling-based managed care organization announced on Tuesday their intent to come together to form “a fully integrated healthcare delivery and financing system for the people of West Virginia.”
Nurses consistently rank at the top of the country's most trusted professionals.
It took just one day of use for several common sunscreen ingredients to enter the bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger a government safety investigation, according to a pilot study conducted by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, an arm of the US Food and Drug Administration.
Several ingredients commonly found in sunscreens may be absorbed into the bloodstream rather than remaining on the surface of the skin, suggesting the need for further study by manufacturers, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
You may use it to add spice to a meal or steeped in a hot tea, but ginger has become a growing area of interest when it comes to health benefits.
A recent decline in heart failure-related deaths in the United States has reversed, and those types of deaths are now climbing nationwide, especially among adults ages 35 to 64.
To promote physical activity and safety in the community, Active Southern West Virginia has partnered with Beckley Mayor Rob Rappold to host a "Walk with the Mayor" event next week.
Police officers and firefighters in the City of Huntington now have new outlets for dealing with stress from their jobs to ward off potential “compassion fatigue.”
Scientists who recently announced an experimental genetic test that can help predict obesity got immediate pushback from other researchers, who wonder whether it is really useful.
If you're living with diabetes, it might seem like sugar and desserts should be forbidden -- after all, they are typically loaded with carbohydrates.
We all know the advice for healthy teeth -- brush twice daily and don't eat too much sugar.
For several months last spring and summer, my teen daughter, Caroline, experienced near-daily bouts of depression and debilitating panic attacks.
Local, state and federal officials were on hand in Princeton Friday for the official grand opening of the new Princeton VA (Veterans Affairs) Clinic.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, according to the CDC, which is why Dr. Mary Hall, of Mon Health Dermatology, recommends scheduling annual screenings.
In a public safety forum held Thursday evening at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart kept circling back to a topic much in the news — the country’s substance abuse epidemic.
Grafton City Hospital hosted a special flag raising on Tuesday, to honor those who help provide life, even after their death.
West Virginia was selected as one of five states to participate in a national pilot program aimed at creating and implementing a rating system for the various methods of addiction treatment.
Dr. Hasan Shanawani was overcome by frustration. So, last week he picked up his cellphone and began sharing on Twitter his family’s enraging experiences with the U.S. health care system.
Marion County Health Department Administrator Lloyd R. White said closing the outpatient clinic at the John Manchin Sr. Health Center is “an extremely bad idea.”
High prescription drug prices are fast becoming a leading political topic, with medications like insulin emerging as a poster child for the issue.
U.S. health officials on Tuesday said Philip Morris can sell a cigarette alternative that heats tobacco without burning it, opening the door for the company’s effort to shift smokers toward newer products.
Federal health regulators announced on Tuesday that they would require manufacturers of sleeping pills such as Ambien and related drugs to post strongly worded warnings in boxes on labels and patient guides. T
When screening for autism spectrum disorder, a new study suggests that children can be reliably diagnosed with autism at an age earlier than what is currently recommended.
The number of measles cases in the U.S. is continuing to climb, and federal health officials are warning that unless the outbreaks are contained, a disease that had previously been eliminated could reestablish itself.
Health systems throughout the state representing 25 West Virginia hospitals filed a lawsuit Monday against pharmaceutical companies and drug stores, accusing the companies of peddling their pills in single-minded pursuit of profit, leaving local hospitals to revive the bodies, treat the babies born with symptoms of withdrawal, and pay for the care for those with lives too devastated to pay for it on their own.
As the world's population continues to rise, more children are surviving into adulthood, a new study finds, but rates of disability have increased as well.
Cabell County’s active HIV cluster is now at 44 confirmed cases — up from 28 in March — according to the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health.
If you're one of those people interested in unlocking the mysteries of your family history, a program this Saturday may hold plenty of the keys.
At the four corners of the front lawn at Coal City Elementary School, students in groups of roughly 20 stand eagerly awaiting their instructions from teachers and volunteers wearing lime green shirts.
The Department of Health and Human Resources says it’s considering closing a portion of a state-run health center in Marion County.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will officially open its new Student Wellness Center at 1321 Hal Greer Blvd. Monday, April 29, with an open house from 4 to 6 p.m.
Measles is on the rise again, all around the globe.
When was the last time you checked Facebook? Have you ever felt compelled to update your status when engaging with family and friends or waiting for your coffee at Starbucks?
The annual Public Safety Expo that kicks off in Charleston in early May will offer new, advanced training in several areas.
Keep the conversation going about Alzheimer’s.
A local group aimed at helping those in active addiction work toward recovery is set to host the premiere of a documentary on Saturday that addresses drug addiction and the impact it has had in the Maryland, Washington D.C. and West Virginia area.
Every so often, the food in your fridge winds up in the news when there's an outbreak of illness linked to what we eat.
An experimental treatment for peanut allergy may actually multiply someone's risk for serious allergic reactions -- much like the ones it aims to prevent, according to a new analysis.
Healthy Living on a Budget, the second annual spring learning series sponsored by four local organizations, will be held in May.
Acute hepatitis C infections rose 98 percent between 2010 and 2015 nationwide, largely because more people were injecting drugs.
When a couple is having trouble getting pregnant, the focus often turns to a woman's health.
Scientists have found a way to transform brain signals into spoken words and sentences.
For the greatest health benefits, how much play time, screen time and sleep should your baby or young child have in a given day? The World Health Organization has some answers.
A salmonella outbreak linked to precut melon has affected 117 people in 10 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
Area youngsters and their families are invited Saturday for an afternoon of fun and fitness.
"Interesting local figures" was a theme of the regular meeting of Beckley Common Council on Tuesday, with appearances by a nationally celebrated local psychiatrist and members of the Flying Eagles basketball team, and data reports on trash, cleaned streets and deviled eggs.
There's a key culprit in the battle against sitting.
When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn't supposed to be there long.
More Americans are breathing air that will make them sick, according to the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report.
With practices right around the corner, Marshall Health is offering free sports physicals to students from its partner schools Thursday, May 16, at Marshall Sports Medicine Institute (MSMI), located at 2211 Third Avenue, Huntington.
About 70 countries around the world nudge their clocks back and forth each year -- but some people want to "spring forward" permanently, citing health and other benefits.
Children and teens who drink water are less likely to consume sugary beverages throughout the day, according to a new study.
Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.
The Charleston Police Department along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27.
Students in 11th and 12th grades looking for a unique, immersive, science-based camp experience should consider Brain Camp, a new week-long educational program taking place on West Virginia University’s Morgantown Campus in July.
The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office will present three free intellectual property (IP) seminars next month in Huntington.
The Bureau for Children and Families of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has requested applications from agencies to add Qualified Residential Treatment Programs.
A 5K walk is set to take place in Beckley, Saturday, April 27, to help raise money for the Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp in Ripley.
West Virginia’s annual Falls Prevention Symposium will be held April 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Harless Auditorium at the Marshall University Medical Center in Huntington.
Alzheimer's disease has a major impact on the family.
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.
Eating even a moderate amount of red or processed meat is linked with an increased risk of colorectal (bowel) cancer, according to a new study published Wednesday.
Over 50 employers are expected to be set up Wednesday in the J. Edward Kelley Complex (former Kelley National Guard Armory) for the Keyser Regional Job Fair.
Does sugar make kids hyper?
I try to be restrained in my judgments of other parents. We have so many obligations and pressures when it comes to parental duties that it's probably more detrimental to kids if their parents are further stressed by worrying that they're doing it all wrong.
Jackson General Hospital is recognizing medical laboratory professionals as part of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 21-17.
Manufacturers of surgical mesh products must stop selling and distributing their products in the United States immediately, the US Food and Drug Administration ordered Tuesday.
For more than 90 years, students have been able to get an education and learn how to pursue a career in medicine as part of the St. Mary’s program.
Marshall Health’s Dentistry and Oral Surgery Department is hosting a free oral cancer screening Wednesday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Marshall University Medical Center atrium, 1600 Medical Center Drive in Huntington.
Although more employers are turning to workplace wellness programs to improve workers' health and save on healthcare costs, a new study shows they aren't improving health metrics.
Measles is surging. Last week the U.S. recorded 90 cases, making this year's outbreak the second largest in more than two decades.
Marshall faculty and students have launched “Movable: Narratives of Recovery and Place,” an interactive community website that collects narratives about recovery in West Virginia that can be found at https://movableproject.org.
Hey, sleepyheads. What you believe about sleep may be nothing but a pipe dream.
Twenty-three years later, the major mission to increase West Virginians’ access to healthcare remains largely unchanged.
If heroin is coffee, fentanyl is espresso.
Beckley ARH Hospital recently submitted an application to the West Virginia Health Care Authority seeking permission to provide emergency intervention for heart attack patients.
In 2008, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called Huntington the fattest city in America.
After completing his training in bariatric surgery at University Hospitals' Cleveland Medical Center in 2017, Dr. Adil Khan knew he wanted to go somewhere he could make a difference.
An annual celebration of WVU Cancer Institute advancements in research, treatment and care, and the donors who have made it all possible, will be back at The Greenbrier later this month.
Ground beef is the food responsible for a mystery E. coli outbreak involving 109 cases of illness in six states, according to preliminary evidence, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.
The first time Jessica Calise can remember her 9-year-old son Joseph's anxiety spiking was about a year ago, when he had to perform at a school concert.
The keeping of bees in his backyard helped one of West Virginia’s elected officials find some peace during part of his time on the U.S. Marine Corps.
For the first time, Marshall Medical Outreach is taking its services into West Virginia’s Capital City.
Smoking has been the No. 1 preventable cause of cancer for decades and still kills more than 500,000 people a year in the United States.
Bonnie Henning wants to clear up misconceptions people have about autism.
After reviewing the safety and effectiveness of hand sanitizers, the US Food and Drug Administration has ruled that dozens of active ingredients can't be used in the antiseptic rubs, but the agency still wants answers about the most common active ingredient.
A Charleston pastor said offering residents free health screenings through a mobile clinic at his West Side church on Saturday will be the first step toward improving the health of residents there.
Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois are testing a surprisingly simple strategy against the dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of people each year: washing patients with a special soap.
Ways to prevent professional burnout and effective wellness strategies in the medical workforce were the topics of discussion Thursday afternoon at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Charleston Campus.
The anesthetic ketamine can relieve depression in hours and keep it at bay for a week or more.
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.
It was the death heard ’round the running world.
Every year, nearly 2 million people on Medicare — most of them older adults — go to a skilled nursing facility to recover after a hospitalization.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) was recently listed third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for producing the most primary care residents.
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.
A Beckley psychiatrist will receive a national award later this month.
Ahmed Hosni has not had alcohol or misused other substances since August 2007.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis use to protect against HIV infection was associated with higher infection rates of other sexually transmitted diseases, according to a new study.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women who are at high risk of bone fractures.
When someone calls 911, the time it takes for paramedics to arrive can be the difference between life and death.
On the first floor of the Beckley VA Medical Center, a full-length poster covering the elevator door reads, "Pain is temporary. Addiction is not."
Since she was 18 years old, Cathy Reed has suffered from chronic pain.
Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient in over-the-counter whitening strips, may be harmful to the layer under the enamel of teeth, according to research presented Tuesday at a scientific meeting.
Among tables set up with snacks, activities and informational materials were glimpses of kelly green Saturday, April 6, during the 12th annual One4All Disability Expo at Huntington High School.
You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what?
WVU Medicine’s Dr. James Berry and his team were recently recognized by the Addiction Policy Forum for their work in expanding access to medication-assisted treatment for addiction.
The Morgantown Mall was wall-to-wall with activities and informational booths Saturday for the WVU Medicine Children’s Kids Fair.
Drinking one or two glasses of alcohol a day may increase the chances of having a stroke, according to a new genetic study published Thursday.
Jayne Stewart saw it every time she looked in the mirror.
School-based health clinics have grown to play a vital role in health care in North Central West Virginia for students, families and faculty members, and many are adding mental health services.
The Marshall University Recreation Center on Thursday hosted Wellfest, a fair dedicated to health and well-being.
A new study published this week found that poor diets kill 11 million people around the world annually, making poor diets more lethal than smoking cigarettes.
Along with the April showers and May flowers come springtime pollen and seasonal allergies.
Cardiac care continues to be an important focus in health care for North Central West Virginians, according to United Hospital Center’s Vice President of Operations John Fernandez, and the need for the care only continues to grow.
Yolanda Hunter cut the ribbon in front of the offices of Solace Behavioral Healthcare Services on Wednesday, during a grand opening ceremony hosted by Main Street Fairmont.
Marshall University’s Department of Social Work has partnered with the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to provide a behavioral health workshop for the Veterans Affairs Farming and Recovery Mental Health Services (VA FARMS) pilot program.
hree health centers in West Virginia will receive federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
The We Will Run For You 5k will give Marshall University and Huntington community members an opportunity to help raise funds and awareness for mental health Saturday, starting at the Marshall Recreation Center.
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.
It might just be enough to kill your buzz: A new study challenges the idea that a drink or two a day could actually be good for you.
You may not be thin-skinned, but your eyelids certainly are. The fragile tissue is the thinnest on the body, less than 1 millimeter thick.
City officials in Martinsburg want residents to know the water in the city remains safe to drink despite an upcoming health assessment concerning the local water supply.
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education kicked off National Donate Life Month Tuesday in Fairmont with a flag raising ceremony and a bicycle theme.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating reports that e-cigarettes might be triggering seizures among a small portion of smokers.
United Hospital Center is using a bicycle theme to celebrate "National Donate Life Month".
A survivor of ovarian cancer said her journey from misdiagnosis to recovery wouldn't have been possible without the dedication of the staff at Mon Health Medical Center.
Clumps of dandelions have popped up in your yard, so you reach for a bottle of Roundup, the popular weed killer.
Surgery is tied to improved chances of survival among stage 4 breast cancer patients, a new study suggests, but who has access to surgery and who doesn't can vary drastically, based on factors including income level and where treatment is administered.
In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, West Virginia University neuroscientists linked white light at night—the kind that typically illuminates hospital rooms—to inflammation, brain-cell death and higher mortality risk in cardiac patients.
Whether it’s children being raised by grandparents or living with addicted parents or facing physical abuse, the fallout from the opioid epidemic is immense.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is currently registering students for its "Just Say KNOW to Anatomy!" camp scheduled for June 24-28.
With keto-friendly recipes sweeping social media, some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming U.S. dietary guidelines that advise Americans on what to eat.
Prostate cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer for men in the United States and worldwide, is on the decline, according to new research.
About 800 elementary school children will visit Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center on Thursday, April 4, to learn about the brain and nervous system through activities and games.
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is trying to address substance use and opioid addiction through an educational series designed for students.
Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois are testing a surprisingly simple strategy to stop the dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of people each year: washing patients with a special soap.
One-third of West Virginians rely on Medicaid to access potentially life-saving health care.
Members of the public are encouraged to visit the campuses of West Virginia University during its inaugural Research Week from April 1-5 to see some of the results that have come from the work of its faculty and students.
World Autism Day is Tuesday, and a WVU Medicine center is hoping to bring awareness about it to Monongalia County.
More American adults perceive electronic cigarettes to be as harmful as or more harmful than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis.
A rural and urban university have teamed up to provide a deep dive into the opioid epidemic in Appalachia.
It's long been known that air pollution influences the risk — and severity — of asthma. Now, there's emerging evidence that diet can play a role, too.
Losing the ability to move and perform the activities of daily life can lead to a loss of independence and even be deadly, so researchers are focusing on preventing conditions that can lead to disability.
When Lisa Johnson was on her honeymoon, she was not feeling all romantic butterflies — there was blood in her stool and pain in her abdomen.
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.
Princeton Community Hospital is now the only hospital in the state and one of 22 in the nation to have a Center of Excellence Certification in hip and knee replacement.
"Seven of the ten most common chronic diseases are favorably influenced by regular physical activity," the US Department of Health and Human Services says in its latest report on physical activity.
Mosquitoes searching for a meal of blood use a variety of clues to track down humans, including our body heat and the carbon dioxide in our breath.
Disney is banning smoking inside its theme parks, with the new policy effective later this spring.
New research conducted at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has linked a common sight in West Virginia's forests and yards to the breast cancer suppression.
An unexpected danger of urban life: Psychotic experiences are more common among teens exposed to the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide and other forms of air pollution, according to a new study.
West Virginia is short on neurologists. According to David Watson, who directs the West Virginia University Headache Center, the state has just half of the neurologists it needs.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey wants to remind schools and parents of the upcoming deadline for this year’s “Kids Kick Opioids” public service announcement contest – Friday, April 5.
Huntington Mayor Steve Williams has said the Kanawha Valley and his city is becoming known as the epicenter of the solution to the opioid crisis, not the epicenter of the issue.
A clinical trial of an experimental drug designed to treat cravings associated with opioid use disorder (OUD) has begun at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The West Virginia Healthy Start/Helping Appalachian Parents and Infants Project received a total of $5.47 million in continued federal funding for the next five years through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health.
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.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $1 million for the West Virginia University (WVU) Research Corporation through HRSA’s Healthy Start Initiative.
FMRS Health Systems is offering a new program to help connect low-income individuals in addiction recovery with the resources they need — anything from peer support to employment coaching.
Avoid fast food, eat vegetables and exercise. It sounds like generic health advice, but they’re tips supposedly tailored to my DNA profile.
Heather Collins knows what it's like to see a family member struggle with addiction.
“Crack!” The sound of bowling pins scattering could be heard at Fairmont Bowling Center Saturday as people aimed to get a strike.
Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase.
Jim Pennington, president and CEO of The Health Plan, knows West Virginia is facing its share of health-care challenges.
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.
Jesse Heady has felt the effects that the opioid epidemic has made on the state.
Q: I found a lump on the side of my neck and it is painful. What could it be, and should I be worried?
Cash isn't king when it comes to encouraging patients to undergo preventive medical treatment, according to a study released Friday.
States with bans on texting while driving saw an average 4% reduction in emergency department visits after motor vehicle crashes, an equivalent of 1,632 traffic-related emergency department visits per year, according to a new analysis.
Cardiovascular exercise is good for blood flow, which benefits the body and the brain.
It's another devastating blow in the search for a treatment for patients living with Alzheimer's disease.
Teens and young adults with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, who receive amphetamines such as Adderall for treatment have a higher risk of developing psychosis, compared to those who receive methyphenidates stimulants, such as Ritalin, according to a large new study.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new $50 million grant program, the Healthy Schools Grant Program, to expand the Trump Administration’s efforts to protect children where they learn and play.
The crowdfunding platform GoFundMe is banning fundraising campaigns for a controversial cancer treatment clinic in Germany, according to the Financial Times.
Local Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Katie Smith talks with Putnam County residents about ideas and sources of healthy foods in the area at the Putnam County Library on Thursday, March 14.
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.
Plateau Medical Center will host a physician meet and greet on Saturday, March 23 at Crossroads Mall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote colorectal cancer awareness.
When Elyse Imamura’s son was an infant, she and her husband, Robert, chose to spread out his vaccinations at a more gradual pace than the official schedule recommended.
When Beverly Dunn called her new primary care doctor’s office last November to schedule an annual checkup, she assumed her Medicare coverage would pick up most of the tab.
The science is clear: Staying hydrated and drinking enough water has health benefits.
Weed use is taking off as more states move to legalize it. And with all the buzz over medical marijuana, it's starting to gain an aura of healthfulness.
Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study.
A new study has shown light physical activity — such as gardening, strolling through a park, and folding clothes — might be enough to significantly lower the risk of cardiovascular disease among women 63 and older.
New numbers suggest that a purified fish oil derivative, a prescription drug called Vascepa, is more effective at preventing cardiovascular events than previously thought.
A “snapshot” of health at West Virginia county levels shows no changes at the top and bottom of the annual list from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
Researchers at the West Virginia University School of Medicine examining the effects of strokes have determined that the stomach is just as affected as the brain when such episodes occur.
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.
Members of Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention expressed confidence in a number of ongoing initiatives and programs aimed at addressing the state’s drug epidemic.
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.
Severe Weather Awareness Week in West Virginia will be highlighted by a statewide tornado drill at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Giving a baby a new food to try is fun, and it should be.
In the U.S., older people with dementia are usually told they have Alzheimer's disease.
Frequent consumption of sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and, to a lesser extent, from cancer, according to new research.
Since October 2017 Friends Thru Cancer has helped 30 people across Preston County.
A study published Thursday in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology finds the percentage of U.S. teens and young adults reporting mental distress, depression and suicidal thoughts and actions has risen significantly over the past decade.
Following a national search, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has selected James W. Gigantelli, M.D., as professor and chair of its Department of Ophthalmology.
Butterball is recalling 39 tons of ground turkey products due to potential salmonella contamination, the North Carolina-based company said in a statement Wednesday.
Almost 2 million children and teens -- an average of 283,000 each year -- were seen in emergency rooms across the United States for traumatic brain injuries between 2010 and 2016, according to a new government report.
When their family members struggle with substance use disorders, children bring experiences of neglect, trauma and often, mental health issues into the classroom, creating challenging environments for their teachers.
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.
A health care facility in Madison has received a renovation and offered an open house to the community on Wednesday.
Hampshire County Relay for Life is returning to tackle another season of battling cancer.
Your next chance to get a jump on your health is the spring Hampshire County Health Fair April 13 at Hope Christian Church Augusta.
If you have a bad reaction to a medicine, it might not be the drug itself, but what are called "inactive ingredients" in the pill or capsule.
When it comes to diets, there are many varieties from which to choose: weight loss, plans to lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, and foods to fuel endurance athletes. Now, there's a diet that claims it can boost a woman's chances of having a baby.
Before going outside on a snowy day, Beth Santmyire-Rosenberger, M.D. applies lotion to her hands.
Fourth-year medical students at the Marshall UniversityJoan C. Edwards School of Medicine will participate in a Match Day ceremony on Friday, March 15.
When it comes to diet and dementia, the research can seem like a mixed bag.
Tumult in the bacterial community that occupies your gut—known as your microbiome—doesn’t just cause indigestion. For people recovering from a stroke, it may influence how they get better.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $429,880 to West Virginia University’s neurological disorder clinical research program, in order to study Early Alzheimer’s disease.
The Trump Administration is weighing whether to require hospitals to publicly reveal the prices they charge insurance companies for medical procedures and services — prices that are currently negotiated in private and kept confidential.
Hometown Food Company issued a voluntary recall for select Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products, amid concerns they may be contaminated with salmonella, the US Department of Agriculture said.
Participants at Get Moving’s annual Day of Play this year got a crash course in healthy eating and nutrition courtesy of Mylan Pharmaceuticals, fueling the kids for a morning of excitement.
Lauri Andress, a professor in the School of Public Health, has been evaluating food access across the Mountain State since she arrived at West Virginia University in 2013.
Researchers at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute are evaluating a first-of-its-kind blood test for detecting colorectal cancer.
As my belly grows, I'm more and more stressed by a decision that's weighed on me for the last eight months.
I have low bone density and am concerned about the side effects of taking the prescribed drug for my osteoporosis.
Strength has been tied to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, but you don't need to overdo the weightlifting to reap the benefits, according to a new study.
The US Food and Drug Administration has granted its first approval to an immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer, the agency announced Friday.
Flu activity remains high across the nation, and there's a second wave of severe infections striking some states.
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.
One health plan from a well-known insurer promises lower premiums — but warns that consumers may need to file their own claims and negotiate over charges from hospitals and doctors.
Compared to most disease-causing viruses, influenza is a particularly hard nut to crack.
High school and college students interested in a pharmacy career canexperience Marshall’s unique active-learning curriculum firsthand at the School of PharmacySpring Preview Day from 1-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 8.
When Kacy Burgess became a foster mom, she knew little about neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), or the fact that West Virginia led the nation in drug impacted births.
Maintaining an exercise regimen as you age is important, and having a pet who requires daily physical activity can be motivation to go for a walk.
Wei Li, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of biomedical science at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further his research on thrombosis.
Children born to women who had a severe infection during pregnancy, such as sepsis, flu or pneumonia, show an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder and depression, new research finds.
MountainHeart Child Care Resource and Referral Services, a program of MountainHeart Community Services Inc., will be conducting a professional development session on Tuesday, March 12.
Four Senior Corps organizations in West Virginia will receive grant funding to tackle issues in their communities, including Summersville Baptist Church.
Primary care doctors are really good at checking seniors' cholesterol levels and blood pressure but often fail to use tests that could detect dementia.
Dr. Alan Green’s patients travel from around the country to his tiny practice in Queens, N.Y., lured by the prospect of longer lives.
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.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly put on notice retail stores that have repeatedly been caught illegally selling tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to minors.
Researchers at the West Virginia University Cancer Institute are evaluating a first-of-its-kind blood test for detecting colorectal cancer.
Dr. Thomas Boyce, an emeritus professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, has treated children who seem to be completely unflappable and unfazed by their surroundings — as well as those who are extremely sensitive to their environments.
At first, she just forgot a name or two. Then, a few meetings on her schedule. A few months later, LuPita Gutierrez-Parker found herself struggling at work to use computer software she knew intimately.
Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette plans to introduce legislation this week that could ban e-cigarette flavors on a national level, her office announced Monday.
Michael Godwin, director of security, was recently named WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center's Quality Service Award winner for December 2018.
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.
li Lilly is offering a half-price version of its top-selling insulin Humalog as drugmakers face growing pressure to control prices.
Like many people who resolved to start exercising regularly in January, you have probably given up by now.
Peek into any U.S. hospital’s baby ICU, and you’ll see sick and premature newborns covered in wired monitors that tear at fragile skin and make it hard for parents to cuddle their kids.
Wake up, America, and raise your hand if you try to repair your exhausted body by sleeping in on weekends.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) has awarded more than $14 million to health centers in West Virginia.
Last year is projected to have been the deadliest for pedestrians in the United States since the 1990s, according to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, a nonprofit representing highway safety offices across the country.
Gov. Jim Justice will declare March as Red Cross Month on Friday, which is American Red Cross Day at the West Virginia State Capitol.
St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon Inc. has been named one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation and is the only hospital in the state of West Virginia to receive the award given by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.
A novel way to treat weight gain may involve limiting our exposure to light at night—whether that light comes from our bedside lamps, the light pollution that sneaks through our windows or the electronic devices we use as we drift off to sleep.
Efforts to prevent HIV have stalled since 2013, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday.
Taking prenatal vitamins during the first month of pregnancy is associated with a lower risk of developing autism in children who are at high risk for the disorder, according to a new study.
Skin is our largest organ and something we may take for granted when it's healthy.
Dr. Huong Le spends an average of 45 minutes with each of her dental patients during their visits, so she gets to know them well, especially the older ones who come in more than twice a year.
The American Red Cross has a severe shortage of type O blood and urges type O donors — as well as eligible blood platelet donors of all blood types — to give now to ensure lifesaving patient care isn't impacted this winter.
Surgeons are known for their busy schedules — so busy that they don't just book surgeries back to back.
Raleigh County Commission on Aging will be offering a workshop March 19 for family dementia caregivers.
Former West Virginia baseball standout Jedd Gyorko donated $100,000 to the capital campaign of WVU Medicine Children’s in what hospital officials are counting as his first homerun of the season.
The experience of natural spaces, brimming with greenish light, the smells of soil and the quiet fluttering of leaves in the breeze can calm our frenetic modern lives.
The White Hall Town Council recently donated $1,000 to the Marion County Family Resource Network (FRN) for the Marion County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition.
Even if you're not aware of it, it's likely that your emotions will influence someone around you today.
Mon Health Heart & Vascular Center is using the month of February to spread awareness about heart disease, particularly in women.
While there's early evidence that the explosive rate of opioid deaths has started to slow, opioids killed more than 49,000 people in the United States in 2017, according to preliminary data.
Babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome born at Thomas Memorial Hospital will soon recover in their own special unit at the South Charleston hospital.
The West Virginia House Health and Human Resources Committee on Thursday discussed HB 2953, which would allow critical access hospitals to apply to become critical outpatient medical centers.
The US Food and Drug Administration is proposing new regulations on over-the-counter sunscreens in an effort to keep up with the latest scientific and safety information.
It looks like something out of a ninja movie. The extreme sport known as parkour involves vaulting high obstacles, leaping from rooftop to rooftop and literally bouncing off the walls.
Millennials, beware: Your grandparents are about to start calling you for help downloading the new Medicare smartphone app.
Scouring ingredient lists. Carrying an EpiPen. Sitting at the special lunch table at school.
How is a healthy retina cell like a tumor cell?
A bill introduced by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Wednesday would let patients import cheaper insulin from Canada and other countries.
Putnam County students are urged to use their creativity and technical skills to create videos that inspire their peers to make healthy choices.
Pinterest has blocked all vaccine-related searches on the social media platform in an effort to combat the “misleading content” of the anti-vaccination movement, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
In 2017, Kim Nelson had just moved her family back to her hometown in South Carolina.
Rosemarie Lorenzetti, M.D. along with Chef Scott Anderson and WVU medical students conducted a MedCHEFS cooking demo for National Heart Month on February 6.
The risk of having a heart attack appears to be rising among young women, according to a new study, and researchers are trying to figure out why.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning against buying young people’s blood in an attempt to fight aging and other diseases.
UK researchers have developed a test they say might quickly identify sepsis, a potentially fatal complication from an infection.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine announced today that Uma Sundaram, M.D., has been named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), the nation’s oldest medical society dedicated to disorders of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to decide who should undergo genetic counseling for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended Tuesday.
The Beckley VA Medical Center announced Tuesday it is limiting visitation due to an increase in regional influenza cases.
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.
Screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver despite a changing screen landscape.
The Better Business Bureau serving Canton Region and Greater West Virginia is warning about fake Medicare calls.
One of the greatest tests of a parent's patience comes at night when you are trying to get your child to fall asleep, stay asleep or go back to sleep.
Dr. Shirine Tabatabai Mafi, ’77, ’79, and Shahrokh Mafi have established the Dr. Hassan Vaziri Memorial Scholarship.
The problems surrounding opioids were discussed among citizens of Nitro and surrounding areas with distinguished guests on Saturday.
The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving.
It is well known that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for your physical health, but our latest research suggests that it might be good for your mental health too.
I think my phone is hurting my neck! Have you heard of this complaint from others?
Brittney Crystal was just over 25 weeks pregnant when her water broke.
West Virginia will expand a state pilot program to address substance use disorder at the local level to a second location as Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that Berkeley and Jefferson counties will be the next site of the initiative.
In a series of news releases, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced new programs aimed at the nation's opioid crisis through its Rural Development office.
Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is partnering with Lester Square Pharmacy to provide free diabetes education.
Students from Brookhaven Elementary School and the Mon Health Medical Center Auxiliary partnered this month for a “Blizzard of Special People” project.
Barriers to genetic testing need to fall as knowledge of inherited cancer risks grows, surgeons say.
The West Virginia attorney general's office is sponsoring a contest among schoolchildren to promote awareness of prescription painkiller abuse.
During February, which is American Health Month, Raleigh General Hospital is working to raise awareness of heart disease and ways to prevent it.
PFAS chemicals are known as "forever chemicals," a family of potentially thousands of synthetic chemicals that are extremely persistent in the environment and in our bodies.
Husband and wife Paul "Allen" Lude and Kari Mika-Lude are the driving forces behind Aspire to Inspire Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, helping individuals — including those in demanding emergency occupations — face, cope and heal through daily stresses, ongoing challenges and chemical dependencies.
A study published Monday revealed an alarming statistic: Eating a lot of unhealthy, "ultraprocessed" foods may shorten your life.
Berkeley County Recovery Resources Coordinator Kevin Knowles said a team forming in the Eastern Panhandle may offer addicts and their loved ones more than just hope.
The community is invited Tuesday, Feb. 19 for “Touching the Heart,” an evening of prayer and education for those affected by addiction.
Doctors can and should do more to prevent depression among pregnant women and new mothers by referring them to counseling.
Students interested in attending pharmacy school now have two new options for tuition and admission at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP).
In this 'Food as Fuel' Nutritionist Lisa Drayer offers her top foods that fight migraines head on.
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.
The West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday passed a bill that would allow people to get birth control without first visiting a doctor.
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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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.
WVU Medicine is changing some of its tactics and employing new technology to address cardiovascular disease CVD in view of new findings by the American Heart Association.
It's the middle of the night and you wake up to the disturbing sound of your little one crying and sniffling with a cold, sore throat or fever.
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.
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.
To help bring awareness to women’s heart health, Mon Health System staff wore red Feb. 1 in honor of the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has awarded $1 million to Thomas Health to expand substance use disorder (SUD) residential treatment and recovery services in Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Nicholas and Roane counties.
The West Virginia House of Delegates is working on a bill to create a student loan repayment program for mental health workers in the state.
Many vaccines and some medicines, such as insulin, have to be delivered by injection.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced the 2018-19 “Kids Kick Opioids” public service announcement contest is now open for submissions as the initiative enters its third school year.
Charleston physician James M. “Jim” Mears, M.D., and his wife, Sherri, have established an endowed scholarship to help future medical students at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
The Wyoming County Health Department is trying to head off further spread of hepatitis A.
The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown further reduced lifesaving donations.
Antidepressants may dampen the effects of some common opioids, resulting in less effective pain management according to research findings published Wednesday.
Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall Health and Cabell Huntington Hospital medical and dental staff welcome Gregory D. Borowski, D.P.M., to their orthopaedic team of providers.
Don't rest on your laurels, as your scholastic achievements will not save you from dementia, new research suggests.
No matter the person, just about every employee at Fairmont Regional Medical Center was wearing a red dress Tuesday.
Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is partnering with Beckley Health Right Clinic to provide free diabetes education.
So far, this year’s flu season in West Virginia is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years in terms of numbers of confirmed cases.
Although food is a necessity for all humans, how we eat typically varies significantly from person to person.
As suicide rates across the county have mounted, some Mountaineers are devising tools that can hopefully address this trend in rural communities.
A southern West Virginia nurse practitioner has been named the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners' West Virginia State Award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence.
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.
Marshall Dentistry and Oral Surgery has teamed up with the Give Kids A Smile® initiative to provide underserved and uninsured children with free dental services on Friday, Feb. 22, from 8 to 3 p.m. at its office located at 1616 13th Avenue, Suite 200, in the Fairfield Building in Huntington.
If you have teenagers, you probably won't be surprised to hear that a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that only 5% of them are getting enough sleep or exercise, or are limiting their screen time to what's recommended by experts.
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.
A woman who slumped over in her chair and became unresponsive during a meeting at a Charleston office a few years back may have found herself in the right place to experience cardiac arrest, if there is such a thing.
It used to be rare that doctors treated strokes caused by bacteria in the bloodstream, but now they are seeing at least one patient every week in Cabell County, said Dr. Carl McComas, a neurologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center.
The Red Cross is asking for donations of blood and platelets after months of a shortfall in supply.
April Ayers got a pretty bad case of “empty nest syndrome” when her oldest son left home for college.
When registered nurse Ebony Monroe of Houston went through a period of being quick to anger about every little thing recently, she didn't realize what it might mean for her health.
West Virginia is failing to reduce and prevent tobacco use in virtually every aspect, according to a state-by-state assessment published Wednesday by the American Lung Association.
Dr. EungSoo Oh, lamenting low student participation in physical education classes around the world, invented something to get students moving — a brand-new sport.
It's cold outside, you're sick and all you want to do is curl up under the covers until you feel better.
Reported side effects of the Shringrix shingles vaccine in its first eight months of doctors' office use were mostly unremarkable, but 3% of the complaints were serious, according to a Thursday report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If you're trying to lose weight you've probably been told not to skip breakfast, as it could make you hungrier later in the day.
The first Friday in February has been a day of smiles at the Monongalia County Health Department since 2011.
Parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota dove to -27 degrees F or lower this week, according to the National Weather Service.
Smokers who switched to e-cigarettes were much more likely to quit than people who used nicotine patches, gum or similar products, according to a large study.
A mild traumatic brain injury -- such as from a car crash or violent assault -- may come with a higher risk of mental health problems, according to a new study.
Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association, defining the condition as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke or high blood pressure.
As he puts it, Brett Wilson has never, ever, ever considered himself disabled, although he is.
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.
After serving Putnam County for more than 30 years and aiding in more than 1,000 births, FamilyCare Women's Health & Birth Center is moving.
A second-year student in the Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration programs at West Virginia University is researching mental health in rural communities.
It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one — particularly for folks over 60.
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.
The CMS on Monday released a new app that tells seniors what Medicare will cover, which is part of its plan to help seniors decide between coverage options.
The West Virginia’s Legislature’s Annual Dick Henderson—Tony Lewis Charity Basketball Game is set for Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
We were part of the problem but now we are part of the solution is how one recovering addict told the audience how she felt about the Story of Hope gathering Monday morning in Charleston.
Intensive lowering of blood pressure, to a less than 120 mm Hg level, can have a measurable impact on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) -- a well-established precursor of dementia, a new study finds.
Preston Commissioners agreed Monday to help residents pay for EMT courses.
The effect of exercise on health is profound.
Among toddlers, spending a lot of time staring at screens is linked with poorer performance on developmental screening tests later in childhood, according to a new study.
The US Food and Drug Administration is warning of a shortage of a class of drugs used by millions to treat high blood pressure.
Fayette County residents united to learn more about improving women's health in southern West Virginia and beyond on Saturday.
Can muscles remember their younger, fitter selves?
As more studies find longer-term consequences for even a mild concussion, including a heightened risk of suicide, the impact on sports continues to unfold.
The American Heart Association estimates 44 million women in the U.S. are affected by some sort of cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of women.
Children without dental insurance will be able to get treatment Friday.
Do you know if you are eligible for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Discount?
Gum disease may lead to the development of Alzheimer's, according to a new study.
The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and Cabin Creek Health Systems said Thursday a partnership clinic will not offer medication-assisted treatment until discussions with local officials are held.
Even after all she had been through — the helicopters circling her house, the snipers on the roof and the car ride to jail — Lisa Abramson still wanted to have a second child.
Plummeting temperatures and less daylight cause many people to cut back significantly on exercise during this time of year or to shift their exercise indoors, to the warmth and comfort of their home or gym.
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.
Fayette and three other counties will benefit from a welcome tool to help combat the scourge of opioid addiction.
Melody Lynch-Kimery had a fairly routine pregnancy.
People with melanoma who live in states with the highest number of melanoma diagnoses tend to have better survival rates, according to recent research that examined data on a state-by-state basis.
Washington officials have declared a public health emergency as an outbreak of measles spreads across an anti-vaccination "hot spot" near Portland, Ore.
A free training, Improving Health Opportunities for Women Worldwide, will be held Saturday in Fayetteville.
Locals are invited next month to learn more about managing diabetes.
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.
Aspirin, a mild pain reliever, is one of the most familiar medicines in the world.
Aspirin, a mild pain reliever, is one of the most familiar medicines in the world.
A simple afternoon downtown is easier said than done for individuals suffering from dementia, not to mention those who care for them.
Q: My mother, who is 74 now, has been struggling with her arthritis for years, but lately she is also telling me her eyes are scratchy and dry.
She calls herself “a retired nurse practitioner.” There’s a lot more to Pauline Shaver than that.
Monday marks one month since the government was fully open.
Cabin Creek Health Systems plans to