Health & Medicine

Government & Politics
12:19 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

VA’s Gov. Praises SCOTUS Decision

Governor Terry McAuliffe is  praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold federal health care subsidies, and he’s renewing his push for Medicaid expansion.


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Joint Commission on Health Care
9:42 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Dismal Outlook on VA's Projected Cancer Rates

Prior to 2012, cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death in Virginia, but now cancer is the Commonwealth's leading killer.

To help lawmakers craft state policies for the future, the Joint Commission on Health Care wanted to find out what the projected cancer rates will be over the next few decades.

UVa’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service compiled the data. Delegate and Doctor John O'Bannon describes the bottom line.

"I think their message is that there is a real probability as the population ages, that there will be an epidemic of cancer."

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Health & Medicine
2:01 pm
Sun June 14, 2015

VA Abortion Clinic Inspection Report

Abortion clinics in Virginia thought they might have to close, since they were not able to meet tough new rules.

Under Governor Bob McDonnell, the Virginia Board of Health approved new requirements for abortion clinics – forcing them to follow the same rules as hospitals or shut down.  Supporters of the change said it was needed, because clinics posed a danger to women’s health.  This month, the state finished a routine semi-annual  inspection of all 18 facilities and found no serious flaws.  Erik Bodine is director of the Office of Licensure and Certification.

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The Walk to Washington
11:07 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Rural Hospitals at Risk

Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources lends an ear to a grassroots organization protesting the possible closure of 283 rural hospitals across the country, including the Commonwealth.

Dr. Jennifer Lee said it's yet another reason why she believes Medicaid expansion could be the answer.

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Health & Medicine
5:35 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Med Student Saves a Life: His Own

Cullen Timmons

It’s not uncommon for medical students to think they have some of the very diseases they’re studying, but for one recent graduate of UVA’s med school, a classroom exercise led to life-saving surgery. 

In his fourth year of medical school,  Cullen Timmons took a course on physical diagnosis in which students took turns using their stethoscope.  He also listened to his own heart and quickly turned to his professor for a second opinion. 

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