Health and Medicine

Health & Medicine
2:03 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Roanoke Doctor Suffers From Same Ailment as His Patients

Dr. Geoffrey Harter.

As baby boomers age, many are losing their hearing.  It might be scary to think you’ll never again be able to understand a conversation or enjoy a loved one’s laughter. One Roanoke ear, nose, and throat doctor knows exactly how his patients feel.

“I have trouble in background noise situations.  I have trouble with women’s and children’s voices. 

Geoffrey Harter wears hearing aids.

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Health & Medicine
7:20 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Virginia Family Relocates to Colorado for Medicinal Marijuana and Hopes Lawmakers Back Home Consider

The nation has been focused, this summer, on its southern border, where thousands of young refugees have arrived from Central America, but in the state of Colorado another group of kids – a few hundred strong -- has arrived from Virginia and other states.  They’ve come to get life-saving medication that’s not available back home, because it’s derived from marijuana.  

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Health & Medicine
6:28 am
Tue August 5, 2014

A New Approach In End-of-Life Care

Credit Associated Press

This week, the University of Virginia’s nursing school will begin an ambitious educational effort -- training more than four dozen nurses in how to talk about death with patients and their families and how to provide comfortable care to people who are dying. 

You might expect nurses to be experts on the end of life, but UVA’s Associate Dean of Nursing Ken White, says that’s not always the case. He’s been studying what nurses know for more than a decade.

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Affordable Care Act
6:30 am
Mon July 28, 2014

VA Lawmakers Weigh In on the GOP's ACA Lawsuit

The U.S. House is preparing for a big debate this week over whether President Obama overstepped his power by delaying the health care mandate for businesses. Virginia lawmakers have much to say about the challenge. 


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Virginia's Tax Code
4:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Medical Expenses & Tax Breaks

With people still adjusting to their insurance policies and premiums under the Affordable Care Act, now might not be the ideal time to tell Virginians that sales taxes associated with some health procedures, prescriptions, and even Band Aids could be passed on to them.  But that was one of the issues the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. 

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