Health & Medicine

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E-cigarettes have solved the problem of second hand smoke, allowing people to consume tobacco without imposing on others.  Now, police say those so-called vaporizers or vape pens have created a new problem for them-people smoking illegal drugs in public without being detected. 

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Local health departments are warning that this is baby bat season, increasing the risk of contracting rabies. More than fifty people have been treated in one public health district alone.

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Virginia Senator Tim Kaine met today with doctors from VCU and the Red Cross, along with state health officials, to gather information and raise awareness about the health threat posed by the Zika virus. 

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Virginia’s two U.S. senators are pushing legislation to help rural hospitals across the commonwealth get the same reimbursement rate for Medicare as their urban counterparts. 

Patients Seek Narcotics in the Emergency Room

May 25, 2016

As the Virginia death toll from opiates continues to rise, two big healthcare groups recently endorsed new opiate prescription guidelines aimed at hospital emergency rooms in an attempt to curb the epidemic. Jessie Knadler talks to two ER physicians in Augusta County about the guidelines, and what it’s like to work on the front lines of the drug scourge.

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