Health and Medicine

Virginia's Tax Code
4:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Medical Expenses & Tax Breaks

With people still adjusting to their insurance policies and premiums under the Affordable Care Act, now might not be the ideal time to tell Virginians that sales taxes associated with some health procedures, prescriptions, and even Band Aids could be passed on to them.  But that was one of the issues the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. 

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Veterans & Healthcare
8:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

VA Lawmakers Propose Two New Veteran Care Centers

State money originally earmarked to renovate the state capitol in Richmond, may be used for funding of two new veteran care centers. 

      

Earlier this summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe cancelled a planned $300 million dollar Capitol complex renovation, citing more pressing needs in the state.

Now, Republicans in the house would like to use that money to fund the state’s share of two new veteran nursing homes, one in Hampton another in Northern Virginia.

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Mental Health Crisis
7:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

VA's Mental Health Initiative Moves Forward

A new General Assembly panel is vowing to conduct a thorough review of Virginia’s mental health system, while not shielding any “sacred cows” in the process.  The Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the 21st Century held its inaugural meeting… and began by examining how the Commonwealth’s system is faring—then comparing it to other states. Members already seem determined to make reforms.  

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Risky Behavior
5:13 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Studying the Teen Brain

Credit Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Even though every adult today was once a teenager, the teen brain remains a mystery to almost everyone.  Especially when it comes to risk taking.   What makes some teens daredevils and others, not-so-much?

That’s what psychologists at The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will be looking into in a new study that will last three years. 

Remember a young Tom Cruise in the movie Risky Business where he’s racing his father’s Porsche around Chicago even though he was warned not too?  He’s lovin’ it, because it’s forbidden.

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Part 2 of 2
4:40 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Appalachian Medicinal Herb Growers

Chinese Herbs

When people hear about the “Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine” in Floyd County, they sometimes look surprised and ask, “What’s that doing here? Not only is it serving a local clientele, it’s also working to create a network of farmers raising certified traditional Chinese herbs to supply a growing sector in health care.
 

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