Health and Medicine

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Marijuana is now legal in four states, the District of Colombia and South Portland, Maine.  It’s been decriminalized in 17 states – among them our neighbors, North Carolina and Maryland. 

So where does that leave Virginia?  Is anyone calling for legal reforms here? 

Jordan McNeish was a bright kid who finished high school early and began taking courses at Piedmont Virginia Community College.  He’d been arrested once for possession of marijuana, paid a fine but spent no time in jail.  Then, in 2009, he was charged with a second offense.

VA's First Lady Lends a Hand to End Child Hunger

Dec 17, 2014
Drew Central Schools/Share our Strength

A new coalition involving Virginia's First Lady is already seeing results in the effort to reduce childhood hunger across the state. 

Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their “No Kid Hungry” campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. 

Josh Wachs, chief strategy officer with Share Our Strength, says that attention is already feeding some of the one sixth of Virginia's kids who sometimes don't get enough to eat. Wachs says the McAuliffes understand it's not a lack of food, but a lack of outreach and access.

It's back to the drawing board for a slightly revamped State Board of Health, which now has new political appointees. The Board has decided to study and amend abortion clinic regulations that have only been in effect since last year.  The regulations’ defenders say the inspections have uncovered unsafe conditions, while abortion-rights advocates say the rules may force clinics to close.
 

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There’s more proof that working night shifts can be harmful to your health.  A new study identifies a molecule that affects a tumor suppressor gene when normal sleep cycles are disrupted over a long period of time. 

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The American Humane Society calls pet overpopulation a tragic problem, forcing shelters to euthanize millions of cats and dogs each year. 

Now, students at the University of Virginia have a solution – a non-surgical, reversible form of birth control for pets. 

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