Health and Medicine


In recent years, as the National Park Service has faced deep funding cuts and a stagnant number of visitors, the country's demographic changes have made its problems more pronounced.

Most visitors to National Parks are white, and increasingly, they're also older.  For instance,  Virginia’s  Shenandoah National Park is one of the nation’s most visited and accessible parks, yet recent research out of the University of Idaho indicates that 92% of visitors in 2011 were white.  

About three million Americans have Type One Diabetes - a condition that makes it impossible to get energy from food.  Every day, 80 more people join the ranks, and there is no cure, but scientists at the University of Virginia may have a device that could make life for people with diabetes a whole lot easier. 

As a kid Justin Wood had heard about diabetes.   His mother was a nurse who specialized in treating the disease - teaching patients to give themselves regular shots of insulin so they could digest sugar.  He told his mom it sounded awful.

Helping Hoarders

Nov 11, 2014
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Just last year, hoarding disorder was added to what’s called the DSM-5, the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Steri-Clean was started by The Hoarders’ A&E TV series host Cory Chalmers but also recently became franchised in Richmond. The  company started as a crime scene cleanup company run by Amber Voss and her husband.

“We had a call come in for a crime scene, there was no blood; it was a hoarder. I said where’s the crime scene, she said this is it. I said oh my!”

She did some research and reached out to Cory Chalmers.

It does not appear that Virginia lawmakers have a clear idea of how to house and treat thousands of people who are developmentally and intellectually disabled after the federal government ordered four of the five state facilities to close as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice. The debate isn't about whether it's right to house them within their communities, but whether the state can pay for adequate facilities to fit ALL their needs.  

Cash for Candy

Nov 2, 2014

It’s Monday, and some kids are still gorging on Friday’s haul of Halloween candy. 

In fact, they might be eating the stuff for months, but a Crozet dentist hopes families will consider another option – donating their holiday haul to soldiers on duty overseas.  Dr. Jennifer Rice offers $1 a pound to children who want to take part.

“Takes some of the candy off the streets so to speak.”

She’s been doing this for five years, sparing teeth and promoting better health: