Health and Medicine

Health & Medicine
3:34 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Virginia Congressman Wants Pot Legalized for Medicinal Purposes

Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith is sponsoring a bill that would permit the use of medical marijuana in states, such as Virginia, that allow doctors to prescribe it.

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Health & Medicine
7:46 am
Mon April 28, 2014

VA Company Touts New Approach to Treating Alcoholism


For decades, doctors have told patients with a drinking problem to join Alcoholics Anonymous - that only by giving up booze could they recover, but the science of treating alcoholism is changing.  There are drugs to help you quit, and a Virginia company has something it says will make it possible for some alcoholics to drink moderately. 

Dr. Gerry Moeller has been treating patients with addiction problems for 20 years, and the chairman of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Addiction Psychiatry says  Alcoholics Anonymous is still the best bet for some.

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Medicaid Expansion
8:04 am
Wed April 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion a Lively Topic in Charlottesville

The conservative group Americans for Prosperity organized a public forum in Charlottesville this week to discuss Medicaid expansion.  The featured speakers were two Republican Delegates who strongly oppose the idea, but it seemed they had come to the wrong place, as supporters packed the auditorium.  

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Health & Medicine
2:19 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Richmond Among the Top 10 for Allergy Sufferers

Richmond has the dubious distinction of being number eight in the top 100 allergy capitals for 2014.  That's up from number 22 last year. The report is published yearly by The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  Louisville took the top spot and Memphis was second. 

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Affordable Care Act
4:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Getting Insurance After Open Enrollment

When the Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline of March 31st came and went, many people were left with the impression that they would have to go without health insurance if they missed that enrollment period.  

But while it can be hard to find, there are ways that people may still be able to get some type of coverage—but it involves turning over some stones.

The Commonwealth Institute’s Michael Cassidy says those who are eligible can still enroll in two programs.

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