Adverse Childhood Experience Counseling Training Available in WV

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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).

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BMH fills roles for substance, mental health treatment program

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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.

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WVU using tech to tackle health care costs

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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.

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STD rates hit record high in 2018

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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).

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UHC earns vascular testing accreditation by IAC

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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.

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Red Cross launching new AmeriCorps VISTA project

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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.

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WVU Medicine deploys non-invasive heart imaging tech

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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.

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WVU Medicine deploys non-invasive heart imaging tech

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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.

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Health professions student recruitment fair set for Sept. 27

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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.

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WVU Medicine hospitals recognized as Most Wired

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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.

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SJMH/Weston Rotary blood screening set for Oct. 12

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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.

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FDA To Banish Flavored E-Cigarettes To Combat Youth Vaping

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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.

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Mountaineer docs going high tech to meet patient needs

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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.

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DHS Foundation to host community events on Sept. 12

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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.

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These states have the highest and lowest death rates

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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.

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PVH, GRMC to open pain clinics

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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.

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Fitch: Small not-for-profit hospitals see biggest margin rebound

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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.

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Tobacco: The lost decade

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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.

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WVU Cancer Institute achieves radiation oncology accreditation

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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.

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Blood drive to be held on Sept. 4

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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.

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Walk to raise money for children fighting cancer

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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.

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Kasich, Gee group to push opioid settlement toward hospitals

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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.

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Wests make donation to WVU Medicine Children's

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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.

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2-day WV opioid summit set for teens

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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.

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DHHR says Cabell HIV cluster is growing

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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.

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WVU Medicine develops in-office surgery options

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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.

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Nutrition ‘Going to School’

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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.

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Feds shut down WV pharmacy over 'imminent danger'

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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.

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Raleigh General now has stroke accreditation

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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.

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WVU telehealth study to prevent hospitalizations, ER visits

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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.

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Beckley VAMC to host mental health summit

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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.

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WVU researchers use telehealth to head off hospitalizations and ER visits

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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.

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Improved Prosthetic Hand Has A Lighter Touch And Easy Grip

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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.

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New WVU Medicine garage nears completion

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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.

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Dr. Karam is recovering

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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.

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First WVU Brain Camp kicks off in Morgantown, WV

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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.

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Couple helps others break chains of addiction

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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.

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Marshall research symposium honors scientific contributions of Dr. Zijian Xie

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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.

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W.Va. Head Start and fatherhood programs receive federal aid

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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).

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WVU, Pitt working together on opioids, obesity

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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.

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Guard Against Overzealousness

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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.

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Tudor's Biscuit World raises $34,000 for Make-A-Wish

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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.

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Celebrating Independence Day the safe way

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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.

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Car show raises money for a good cause

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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.

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For Your Health for July 1

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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.

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W.Va. ranks 43rd nationally in well-being of children

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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.

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Beckley ARH receives HFAP accreditation

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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).

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Civil War Hospital comes to visit Beverly

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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.

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CAMC, WVSOM collaborate to open regional campus in 2020

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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.

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DMC Men’s Health Night is June 20

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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.

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WellKids FIT

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The Wellness Center at WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center announces a youth summer fitness program, Wellkids Fun In Training.

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WVU Medicine statewide leader in ENT services, head and neck surgery

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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.

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Startup has High Hopes of Battling Alzheimer’s in WV

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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.

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Cancer patients encourage medical marijuana in West Virginia

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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.

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WVU Medicine celebrates EMS Week

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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.”

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Marshall University unveils commemorative plaque today at research celebration

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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.

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Are avocados and almonds vegan? Here's why some say no

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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.

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Sunscreen enters bloodstream after just one day of use, study says

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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.

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FDA asking manufacturers to study safety of chemicals in sunscreen

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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.

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U.S. attorney tackles substance abuse epidemic

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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.

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WV hospitals suing over opioid epidemic cost

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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.

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Kids Run Club offers fun and fitness

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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.

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Local recovery group to premiere addiction documentary

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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.

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April 25, 2019, set as "Dr. Ahmed D. Faheem Day" in Beckley

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"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.

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Free sports physicals available at Marshall Health

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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.

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PMH dedicates pulmonary rehab center

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

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Free diabetes classes set for April, May

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

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Give blood with Red Cross during National Volunteer Month

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

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Marshall Medical Outreach plans visit to Charleston

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

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WVU Medicine ranked among best hospitals in the world by Newsweek

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

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Health effects of eggs: Where do we stand?

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

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Pollen season arrives in the Mountain State

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

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Nitro continues wellness program

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

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Many Guidelines For Heart Care Rely On Weak Evidence

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

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

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

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Marshall wins designation as a research institution

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

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School of Pharmacy to host Preview Day

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

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HIV cluster confirmed in Cabell County

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

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CHH hosting Senior Resource Fair

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

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Pediatric surgeon brings expertise to Tri-State region

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

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Possible drug treatment center discussed for McDowell

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

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

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

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

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

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How music can change the way you feel and act

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

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

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

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Diabetes prevention class begins Feb. 7

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

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Why colorful foods boost immunity

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

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Red Cross reissues emergency call for NCWV

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

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What to know about frostbite

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

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

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

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Nitro announces wellness program

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

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