Health and Medicine

Government & Politics
7:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Medicaid Expansion: Two Sides, Two Opinions

The Commonwealth’s business leaders held dueling news conferences yesterday to express opposing views on enrolling hundreds of thousands of additional low-income residents in Medicaid. 

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce stressed that it’s against a traditional expansion of Medicaid—but it likes the state Senate’s plan for using private insurance through a new Marketplace Virginia.  The National Federation of Independent Business believes that Medicaid growth will become fiscally unsustainable. 

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VA Mental Health System
7:40 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Mental Health Report Addresses Accountability

There’s new information on the state of the mental health system in Virginia.

A new report issued by the state’s inspector general reveals that Virginia is spending millions of dollars annually to house mental health patients who no longer qualify or need state care. 

According to the latest report by the Office of the State Inspector General, there are mental health patients occupying beds that could otherwise be used by people requiring emergency or long-term psychiatric care.

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Children & ADHD
4:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

UVA Studies Brain Training Games

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Seven to nine percent of children in the state of Virginia have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – a condition that makes it hard to concentrate. 

Several for-profit companies have developed computer programs which claim to help kids focus, but a review by the University of Virginia’s school of education suggests none of them work.

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Health & Medicine
2:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Differences in Helmets Affect Concussion Risks

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A new study from Virginia Tech shows football helmets can be designed to reduce the risk of concussions. 

Between 2005 and 2010, more than 18 hundred football players from Virginia Tech and six other colleges and universities around the country wore helmets equipped with sensors to measure the biomechanics of head impacts.  The players either wore a Riddell VSR4 or Riddell Revolution helmet and the sensors recorded over one million hits.  Tech researcher Steve Rowson says the Revolution helmet’s padding was 40 percent thicker than the other helmet. 

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Legislative Update
9:41 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Mental Health

Virginia is moving closer to implementing changes to its mental health system under legislation that has advanced in the General Assembly. 

The state Senate approved two bills to help clarify how long a person can be held for treatment under a temporary detention order … and to prevent someone who’s thought to be a danger to himself or others from possessing a gun. 

Critics of current law argue that it doesn’t authorize enough time to diagnose and begin treating temporarily detained patients in crisis. 

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