Health and Medicine

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country behind heart disease and cancer.  By 2020, it’s estimated that a million Americans a year will suffer a stroke.  Fortunately, doctors are fine-tuning new techniques for ending strokes and preserving brain function.

The state’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs have traditionally authorized dental services for enrollees up to the age of 21. But one group of adults will now have access to dental care under a new program announced by Governor McAuliffe.

The governor said the state has extended dental benefits to 45,000 low-income pregnant women.

More than half of American adults drink less than once a week or not all, but 10% -- 24 million people – consume an average of 74 drinks a week.  An Arizona man hopes to make it easier for people to imbibe, but even before his product goes to market, Virginia has banned it. 

When entrepreneur Mark Phillips moved from Chicago to Phoenix, he caught the outdoor bug.

“In hiking especially or backpacking, at some point I’d like to enjoy an adult beverage, and so I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if there was some kind of powdered mix that you just add water to.”

There were tears and hugs at the state capitol Thursday, as Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill making it legal for Virginians to possess medical marijuana if their doctor believes it could be useful in treating epilepsy, cancer or glaucoma. But reformers are already lining up to fix problems with the law.

It was a thrilling moment for families of children who have epilepsy.  They had lobbied state lawmakers for months to give their kids access to medical marijuana, and the governor praised their persistence.

Advocates of health care reform like to talk about something called the Triple Aim – the possibility of increasing access to medical care, lowering the cost and improving the quality. 

It’s a tall order, but one doctor in rural Virginia seems to have proven it’s possible. 

Dr. Rob Marsh loves what he does – especially when it involves four-month-old twins Savannah and Brentley Groah.

“She napping well during the day?  Some days she doesn’t, and some days she’s up all day long. Who’s the boss of the two?  She is?”

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