Health and Medicine

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:

Third World Medical Records

Oct 23, 2014

The outbreak of ebola in Africa is a nightmare, but for one Virginia man it’s an opportunity to launch the software he’s been working on for ten years – a program he believes could help to prevent future epidemics that begin in poor countries. 

CDC

While state officials express confidence, health care professionals are preparing on the front lines. 

At the University of Virginia Medical Center staff was invited to a lunch-time discussion of ebola.  That presentation suggests one of Virginia’s premiere teaching hospitals could handle a couple of cases but maybe not a major outbreak. 

Virginia's First Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Oct 17, 2014
US Department of Justice

 It’s been 45 years since the Vietnam War ended, but American veterans are still dealing with the effects of Agent Orange, a mixture of toxic chemicals used in the deforestation of the fields upon which thousands of American military personnel fought against a communist opposition.

During the war, the government insisted the herbicide was harmless, today, veterans know all too well that is not the case.

Virginia’s first “Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting” is taking place in Lynchburg.

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