Health and Medicine

Government & Politics
4:42 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A State Agency Under Federal Investigation

The State Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services is officially under investigation by the U.S. Office for Civil Rights over the state's Auxiliary Grant program, which funds services mostly for people with disabilities and physical or mental impairments. At issue is whether or not the program's policies are discriminatory and place unnecessary restrictions on where individuals may live in order to receive the grant funds.

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Health & Medicine
4:30 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Doctor Shortage in Virginia

As the demand for health care services is set to expand under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new report suggests that Virginia is in short supply of those doctors needed to handle the influx of patients.

The need for primary care and family practice doctors will be especially great.  The state's Joint Commission on Health Care is looking for solutions. 

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Virginia Department of Health
4:24 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Online Health Survey

Your responses—or lack of participation—in a new round of surveys by the Virginia Department of Health could very well impact what kind of services are available in your area.

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Private Medical Records
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

State Employee Information Mistakenly Shared

The Health Flexible Spending Account records of 13,000 Virginia state employees were erroneously sent last month to the wrong human resources or payroll officials … who should have received information only for their own locations.

An insurance subcontractor electronically distributed the confidential health records, which included the employees’ names and Social Security numbers.  The exposure of private information was not due to a hacker—but was instead caused by human error.

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Hold on Tight
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hard Wired for Friends

A new study from the University of Virginia suggests human beings are hard-wired for friendship – that our brains actually view friends and loved ones as part of ourselves.  

You might remember UVA Professor Jim Coan from studies he’s done on hand-holding.  He put women in an MRI scanner and threatened to administer a mild electric shock to their ankles – then watched what their brains did.

“When you’re alone in the MRI scanner, facing the threat of electric shock, your brain is pretty active. As one of my students said, it lights up like a Christmas tree.”

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