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  ‘We are here’: Groups push for more mental health services in minority communities

Several Richmond area organizations are coming together trying to change the stigma around mental health especially in minority communities.

  Richmond takes on the MS Push-Up Challenge

Kroger adding plant-based meats, 50 additional plant based foods to stores in 2020

Loose Screw Tattoo hosting 4th annual Ink To End Lyme Flash Event

Virginia reports first pediatric flu death of season

Virginia couple among hundreds on quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Bon Secours Pediatrics of Richmond at Reynold’s Crossing opens in Henrico

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Four Virginia students being self-monitored for coronavirus, reports say

‘It’s like Typhoid Mary’: Restaurant workers spread diseases because they have no paid sick days

Two school districts reopening after major flu outbreaks

VCU event on Friday provides free dental care for kids

  King William County buses disinfected during school closure due to flu outbreak

Prince Edward County Schools closed Friday due to flu

Second confirmed rabies case tested positive in Henrico

It was not ruled out whether or not the two animals had physical contact with each other.

  Richmond man starts social media challenge to fight Multiple Sclerosis

Roberts left his job as a federal officer and started a new business called Never Stumble Consulting which helps people regain their mobility it also gives him time to support his wife through the pain of MS.

Va.’s medical marijuana program on track for modest expansion, but bid to sell bud fails

Virginia lawmakers are deferring a push to allow Virginia’s nascent medical marijuana industry to provide patients with raw, smokable flowers in addition to highly processed THC and CBD oils and extracts currently allowed.

  VDH: Piedmont District approaching ‘outbreak levels’ of the flu

Piedmont District Health Director, Dr. H. Robert Nash, said the area started to see an uptick in cases last Thursday and Friday.

  Chinese dancers unable to perform at Richmond Ballet due to coronavirus concerns

Health Dept. confirms second possible case of coronavirus in Northern Virginia

General Assembly bill would require Legionella testing in Va. public schools

HIV outcomes improved by state-purchased insurance plans, study finds

  Chesterfield Schools reminds parents to keep sick children at home

  Henrico doctor weighs in on family safety as concern over coronavirus heighten

Free mobile services being offered to uninsured expectant mothers in Richmond region

Bon Secours and Urban Baby Beginnings will be partnering together to offer free mobile services to uninsured expectant mothers in the Richmond region.

Chesterfield Schools remind parents to keep sick kids at home

Officials say they're seeing more students in class showing flu-like symptoms

Bill to allow physician-assisted suicide sparks discourse

Opponents of assisted suicide held a press conference Wednesday to disavow legislation that would allow patients with terminal illnesses to request a life-ending substance from a physician.

American Lung Association “State of Tobacco Control” report urges Virginia to prioritize public health

A new report from the American Lung Association slams Virginia lawmakers for not doing enough to stop people from smoking.

First rabies case of 2020 confirmed in Henrico

The first rabies case of 2020 has been confirmed in Henrico.

George Mason University student being monitored for coronavirus

A student at George Mason University is being monitored for the coronavirus for having symptoms.

  'I miss my child’: Central Va. mother says 8-month-old daughter died of Coronavirus

One mother says her eight-month-old daughter died from a strain of the Coronavirus less than a year ago!Karleata Claxton saw the news of a new strain is not only hard but she wants everyone to be aware of the warning signs.

Richmond leaders, organizations helping to provide free meals for RPS students on Monday

Richmond leaders and organizations are working to make sure none of the city’s students go hungry on Monday while schools are closed for the “Fund Our Future” rally at the Capitol.

  20-year-old Virginia man has leg amputated after severe complications from flu

A Petersburg family is opening up about a severe case of the flu that led to their loved one having to have his leg amputated.

Virus concerns disrupt Chinese student exchange in Virginia

More than 20 Chinese exchange students who recently arrived in northern Virginia will be unable to visit their host school because of concerns over a disease outbreak.

UVA; Scientists ID way to halt blinding eye disease

UVA says researchers have successfully treated age-related macular degeneration in mice after finding an unexpected link between two forms of the blinding eye disease.

Newly-approved system will help Type One diabetics

Breakthrough technology developed at the University of Virginia is really making a difference in patient's lives.

Virginia among the states experiencing widespread flu activity

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that Virginia is one of 33 states currently seeing high levels of flu activity.

Medical cannabis facilities set to open in the Commonwealth by mid-summer

There will be five processor plants each located in a health service area of the Commonwealth. Aaron Lopez is the public affairs director for the facility located in northern Virginia.

Ruling barring discharge of HIV-positive airmen upheld

A federal appeals court has upheld an injunction barring the Trump administration from discharging two Air Force members who are HIV-positive.

Health care group pays $2.17M after releasing patients’ info

A health care group based in Virginia has agreed to a settlement of almost $2.2 million after hundreds of patients’ health information was wrongfully released.

Walmart will kickoff free wellness event

Walmart will start the new year off by offering free wellness services and resources in Richmond.

Doctor admits to writing fake prescriptions for black market

Prosecutors say a Virginia doctor who wrote thousands of fake prescriptions for an infamous black market pharmacy has pleaded guilty.

UVA Health System uses video technology to help cancer patients in rural areas

The University of Virginia Health System is using technology to help people in rural areas cope with all the stress that comes with cancer.

Va. delegate wants to stop harmful Lake Anna algae blooms

Del. John McGuire introduced a House resolution after two years of no-swim advisories

Less common flu strain helps boost number of Virginia cases

The number of flu cases in Virginia is on the increase, and state health officials say a less common type of the virus is turning up more often.

Bon Secours officially purchases 3 southeastern Va. hospitals

Clinical and operations leaders began working together this past fall to make a smooth transition of ownership.

Study shows Generation Z is the most stressed out by politics

Soccer practice, homework and friends are the main things on Sydney Davis' mind. As a college student, that's all she should worry about.

FDA approves UVA-developed artificial pancreas

The FDA has approved an artificial pancreas system – based on technology from the UVA Center for Diabetes Technology – that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels.

Fluvanna woman comes in contact with rabid dog

The sheriff’s office says they are working with the Department of Health to minimize the risk of rabies exposure to the public.

Health department closes Parrot Island to shellfish harvesting

Parrot Island has been closed by the Virginia Health Department to shellfish harvesting.

  Health Department warns of possible measles exposure

Infected person was at Richmond International Airport, and Midlothian health clinic.

Henrico Doctors’ introduces new autism, sensory-friendly ER for kids

All staff members are trained on how to best interact with patients with sensory needs.

UVA doctors seeing uptick in weight-loss surgeries

Doctors with the University of Virginia see more patients with complaints of gaining weight and eating too much over the holidays and at the beginning of the year than any other time.

VDH: More than 250 flu-related deaths in Virginia

Medical officials said if you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, it’s not too late

Free health screenings for seniors in Richmond

CareMore Health and Anthem Healthkeepers are providing free wellness check-ups and health screenings

UVA tests new way to battle cancer

The University of Virginia is testing a new way to battle cancer. Clinical trials are now open for a focused ultrasound to treat advanced solid tumors.

CDC investigating E. Coli outbreak linked to salad kits

Officials believe the likely source of the outbreak is the Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kit.

Three things Northam wants to do to lower maternal mortality rates

Black women in Virginia are three times more likely to die after giving birth than white women, a trend Gov. Ralph Northam has said he wants to reverse by 2025.

Flu now considered widespread in Virginia

Flu has officially reached the widespread category in Virginia.

6-Year-old boy waiting for heart transplant asks for Christmas cards

A 6-year-old Massachusetts boy waiting for a new heart is asking for Christmas cards to help lift his spirits according to NBC10 in Boston.

Richmond Health Department offering free flu shots

Richmond offering free flu shots through the month of December.

  ‘I didn’t think I was going to be here today’: Child recovers after being hit with golf ball

Back in 2018, Todd was hit with a golf ball in the back of the head. He went home in severe pain, took a nap and when he woke up, he got sick.

Report: Medical costs are rising in Virginia’s prisons

A state report says medical care in Virginia’s prisons accounts for a fifth of operating expenses

  Experts: Managing mental health during the holidays is possible

Experts want to help you get through the holidays without sacrificing peace of mind.

  ‘A warrior’: Cancer survivor hopes more women get genetic tests

A new recommendation could help women fighting breast cancer and help make sure their children know their risks.

Don’t feed pets these Thanksgiving foods

Some dishes may be tasty for humans, but not healthy for pets

  Doctors urge people to quit vaping during Great American Smokeout

According to the latest reports from the Centers of Disease Control, the number of Americans who smoke is at an all-time low at 14%.

Virginia psychiatric hospitals run short on open beds

Data from health officials say Virginia’s psychiatric hospitals have been operating at 90% capacity or higher for the past three years.

N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

Va. health department reports rise in meth overdose deaths

Health officials in Virginia say the number of fatal overdoses from methamphetamine use has risen over the past three years

  Philip Morris launching cigarette alternative in Richmond

Philip Morris USA launches cigarette alternative in Richmond

Cancer Connection: Two survivors find friendship through the American Cancer Society

Richard Turner and Carolyn Williams have been friends for more than a decade. In that time they’ve made a lot of memories.

Reports of ‘Whooping Cough’ on rise in Shenandoah Valley

Health departments there say there’s a rise in pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough, in the Shenandoah Valley.

  Legionella bacteria found at McGuire VA Medical Center

Water cooling system tested positive for the bacteria back in August.

  How to spend less on glasses

Wear glasses? Have a child who needs them? Want to spend less?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is real, and it’s dragging Northeast Ohioans down

We have turned back the clocks and with that comes the late afternoon darkness that can wreak havoc with our moods, and ultimately, our relationships with family, friends and co-workers.

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

State of Virginia sues Teva Pharmaceuticals over opioids

Virginia's attorney general has filed a new lawsuit over opioids even as some states push for a settlement with companies

Virginia Commonwealth University health system CEO retiring

Dr. Marsha Rappley announced Tuesday that she plans to retire Jan. 2 from the system she's led since 2015.

  New after school dance program in Petersburg tackles self-confidence, mental health

Blu’s Dance Studio in Chesterfield is partnering with Cool Springs Elementary in Petersburg for a new after school dance program.

5 ways health care is shaping the debate in this year’s General Assembly election

With candidates on both sides of the aisle campaigning on promises to ensure access to affordable care, it’s not always easy to discern exactly what’s at stake when voters head to the polls.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.