Health and Medicine

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:

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. 


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.