Health & Medicine

Centers for Disease Control

Last year, more than 1,300 Lyme disease cases were reported to the state’s Department of Health – making it the second-most prevalent communicable disease in Virginia.  State health officials say those Lyme disease numbers could continue to rise.

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Last month, Republicans predicted the Affordable Care Act was on the verge of collapse, but now insurance companies are starting to make plans for the coming year. And so far, Virginia’s marketplace for subsidized health insurance remains strong.

Medicare, which covers medical services  for older Americans, spends nearly a third of its budget on people in their final year of life, and more than half of that money goes for people who die within two months.  The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing thinks part of the problem is our discomfort with death – an insistence that hospitals do everything possible to keep loved ones alive.  Sandy Hausman reports on what the school is doing to change public perceptions.

The state has awarded $3.5 million in grants to six regional jails to provide mental health services.  Officials hope to address the underlying cause of crimes -- to keep inmates from coming back after they’re released. 

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It’s been three years since the son of state Senator Creigh Deeds attacked his father with a knife – then took his own life with a gun.  Gus Deeds was mentally ill, but his local community service board claimed no treatment centers had a place for him.  Now, a commission chaired by Senator Deeds and Delegate Rob Bell is preparing to make recommendations for reform. 

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