Health & Medicine

Genetic Testing
5:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

At High Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled companies cannot patent human genes, it may be cheaper to have a genetic test that identifies women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, but the test is not appropriate for most women and might provide a false sense of security. 

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Diabetes and Vision
3:38 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Preventing Blindess

More than 25 million Americans have diabetes, putting them at risk for eye damage that can lead to blindness. 

Often, problems occur before the disease is diagnosed, but doctors at the University of Virginia have made an exciting discovery that could protect or even restore vision.

Dr. Paul Yates is frustrated.  As a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Virginia, he often sees people with diabetes who are going blind.  They didn’t come to him early enough to prevent problems, because sight is lost at the periphery, and central vision remains.

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Medicaid and Medicare
8:13 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Virginia Hopes to Simplify Process for Dual Enrollees


Several organizations are still advocating for Virginia lawmakers to expand Medicaid within the Commonwealth. Opponents have argued that it is already too costly, is the largest single item in the state budget, and is in need of many reforms. But as Virginia Public Radio’s Tommie McNeil reports, the Department of Medical Assistance Services says it is addressing one major expense-by simplifying the process for providing care to those who receive both Medicaid and Medicare. . .

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Health & Medicine
12:50 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

The Roanoke Times to Present Medicaid Series

The Roanoke Times will tackle the major parts of the Affordable Care Act over the next several months.  The first installment of the series will run in Sunday's edition.  Beverly Amsler talked with Laurence Hammack, who's one of the writers of the series.

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Affordable Care Act
6:23 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Will Free Clinics Still Be Needed with the ACA?

On the surface, one could assume that the comprehensive nature of the Affordable Care Act will provide some level of medical care for all Americans. As such, what is the future of free clinics? Tab O’Neal reports:

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