Health and Medicine

Policy Change Request
4:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Controversy over Chapstick

Stuarts Draft Elementary School student Grace Karaffa appears before the Augusta County School Board.
Credit Bob Stuart/The News Virginian

An Augusta County fifth grader is using the democratic process to try and get Chapstick allowed back into her elementary school. 

Eleven-year-old Grace Karaffa was playing on the school playground when her lips started bleeding.  She asked her teacher for some Chapstick but the teacher said no.

“Later that day they started to bleed again and I asked for Chapstick again and they said it was against the school policy.  They said it was some sort of medicine and it’s not because it’s just a little stick of vasoline.”

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10-Step Program
4:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Governor Proposes Limited Healthcare Expansion Plan

More than 200,000 Virginians —most without insurance— could access healthcare services under an executive plan announced today by Governor McAuliffe. 

The 10-step program is called “A Healthy Virginia” and does not require General Assembly approval.  The governor aims to secure as many federal dollars as possible—instead of funding the entire plan through the state budget.

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Health & Medicine
10:49 am
Tue August 26, 2014

New Functional Medicine Clinic Comes to Southwest Virginia

Dr. Michael Arthur and Roye Evans
photo by Beverly Amsler

People with chronic diseases are always looking for new ways to relieve their symptoms and possibly find a cure.  And more patients are turning to functional medicine to find new avenues for treatment.  While there are several such clinics operating in Central and Northern Virginia, a new medical practice is opening in Southwestern Virginia that focuses on the whole patient.

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Health & Medicine
6:23 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Playing it Safe: Liberty University Will Test Students Coming from Ebola-Plagued Regions

Credit Liberty University

With the World Health Organization reporting the impact of the Ebola outbreak has been vastly underestimated and will require “extraordinary measures, on a massive scale”  it makes sense to look at Virginia college students who have come from or traveled to and from areas where Ebola may be. 

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Health & Medicine
2:48 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Research Students and Faculty Take Ice Bucket Challenge

photo by Beverly Amsler

You’ve probably seen the videos on Facebook and Youtube. . .people taking the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS research.  And now, ALS researchers and other faculty members at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke helped raise awareness of the deadly disease. 

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