Health & Medicine

Medicare, which covers medical services  for older Americans, spends nearly a third of its budget on people in their final year of life, and more than half of that money goes for people who die within two months.  The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing thinks part of the problem is our discomfort with death – an insistence that hospitals do everything possible to keep loved ones alive.  Sandy Hausman reports on what the school is doing to change public perceptions.

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By the end of this year, the number of fatal opioid overdoses in Virginia is expected to increase by 77% compared to five years ago. It’s a situation that is now defined as a public health emergency. 

Virginia Commonwealth University

Substance abuse and emotional problems are common at many of the nation’s colleges and universities, but helping students to stay strong and healthy is no easy job.  At Virginia Commonwealth, scientists are taking a whole different approach – asking students to take part in research on what genetic factors may put them at risk, and looking for ways to prevent or treat problems when they occur. 

Virginia Department of Health

Pro-choice advocates in Virginia are celebrating today —the State Board of Health has voted to remove targeted regulations on abortion clinics.  In an 8 hour meeting today the board worked its way through dozens of amendments to regulations affecting clinics. In the end, they decided to roll back building codes and other restrictions that had been approved by former Governor Bob McDonnell 5 years ago. Since being passed, 7 clinics throughout the state have closed down. 

University of Virginia / Dan Addison, University Communications

Anxiety is a common state of mind.  Experts say one of every four people will develop a persistent problem at some time in their life, and getting help isn’t always easy.  Now, there is a free online program designed to help people overcome anxiety.

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