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Virginia ranks 20th in least money spent on healthcare, study says

The study also found that healthcare spending has increased by 17 percent since 2013 in the United States.

  GOOD NEWS: Restaurants with perfect inspections

  Boot camp teaches inclusive fitness for therapists, families

Vaccine clinic in Richmond ends early due to high demand

Public urged to avoid portions of Lake Anna due to algae bloom

  New Weight Watchers diet app is aimed at kids as young as 8 years old

Law allowing health officials to distribute clean needles to expire in 2020

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Tyson recalling nearly 40,000 lbs. of chicken patties due to foreign matter contamination

  FDA proposes new graphic packaging for cigarettes

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

  Additional cleanup efforts begin at Chesterfield schools after discovery of Legionella bacteria

Chesterfield offers well water testing kits

  11 cases of Legionnaire’s disease confirmed in Chesterfield

  State regulatory agency may tackle surprise medical bills

A state regulatory agency may step in to stop the surprise billing of hospital patients, and time is running out for you to weigh in on this potential change.

AAA offers free car seat checks in Chesterfield

A child passenger safety technician will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11261 Mall Drive to check car seats.

  Following shootings, experts say yoga, exercise good for coping with trauma

Experts recommend focusing on the present, or taking up activities that would keep your mind occupied.

  Tests positive for Legionella bacteria at Chesterfield school

The positive tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention come after 10 cases of Legionnaires disease, a type of pneumonia, were confirmed in northeastern Chesterfield.

  Insurance reverses decision, will pay for toddler’s $2 million drug

  Haunting drug overdose photo shows opioid epidemic in Mississippi

Report: UVA Medical Center best hospital in Virginia

Underwater grass, a key indicator of bay health, stays strong

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day to benefit Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU

  UPS driver says trucks without A/C create dangerous conditions

  ’I am fighting hard to get it all back’: Premature baby gives mom new lease on life

A Richmond mother is grateful she didn’t lose her baby after born at just 25 weeks.

Foundation that helps provide rehab equipment to hold open house

The open house will be on Tuesday, July 23 from 2 to 6 p.m. at 6301 Midlothian Turnpike.

  ‘Be aware of changes’: Spot on man’s thumb turns out to be rare cancer

What started as a seemingly small spot on a Richmond man’s hand, has turned into an unexpected diagnosis.

  CDC warns of dangerous pool parasite on the rise; how you can stay safe

As many gear up to splash around the pool, the Centers for Disease Control released a new warning about a harmful parasite found in the water that is on the rise.

AL dermatologist warns swimmers after flesh-eating bacteria case in FL

After a Alabama case of flesh-eating bacteria, a Birmingham dermatologist has a warning for people headed to the lake or the beach.

VCU campus-wide tobacco ban approved

Under the policy, all tobacco products are banned at the university in an effort to reduce tobacco use, tobacco-related fire hazards and litter and promote a safe and healthy campus environment.

Indiana girl contracts flesh-eating bacteria on vacation in Florida

The 12-year-old got Necrotizing Fasciitis, which her mom thought happened because of a scrape on her big toe.

  Saving lives faster: Med-flight helicopters can now transport blood

Med-flight choppers to carry two units of type-O blood to administer to patients during transport to hospital.

In maternal mortality, causes vary significantly by race

From 2009 to 2013, the most recent year data was available, 66 percent of pregnancy-related deaths for black women were due to natural causes, compared to 45 percent for white women.

  Kaine to host discussion on dangers of youth vaping

The FDA has referred to youth vaping as a “public health crisis,” with more than three million middle and high school students saying they used e-cigs in 2018.

  Chesterfield fire crews urge community to practice water safety

Chesterfield fire crews are urging the community to practice safety habits when on the water.

  Chippenham Hospital earns provisional Level I Trauma Center status

Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital in South Richmond has achieved provisional Level I Trauma Center status, stepping up from Level II.

Virginia Tech researchers discover cellular component of Lyme arthritis that could lead to treatment

While they may not make the best horror movie villains, ticks can still cause their fair share of trouble.

Flesh-eating bacteria: What you need to know

Already this year, there have been reports of people picking up flesh eating bacteria in Gulf waters.

Southside Regional Medical center extends mammography hours

The hospital says these hours will accommodate the patients who may have busy work schedules during the week.

Va. farm to help veterans with PTSD

The farm has horses and goats for therapy, and there are plans to grow a garden.

Deadly overdoses down in Virginia; experts warn fight against addiction is not over

The number of fatal drug overdoses in Virginia decreased by more than 50 people in 2018, the first drop since 2012.

Rare tick found in 24 Va. counties

The Longhorned tick is mainly found on cows, horses and other livestock.

  VCU Children’s Hospital breaks ground on new inpatient facility

The VCU Children’s Hospital broke ground for a new inpatient facility Saturday morning on the corner of Marshall Street and 11th Street.

Mumps outbreak confirmed at immigration detention center in Va.

ICE says its Health Service Corps and staff with the Farmville Detention Center are working with the Virginia Department of Health to prevent the spread of infection.

Health officials warn of possible measles exposure at Dulles Airport

Health officials in northern Virginia are warning the public about potential exposure to the measles virus after a child in the region contracted the illness.

  Dad plans 100-mile run to raise awareness for daughter’s rare condition

The condition causes the Chesterfield girl's proteins to not develop properly, and her neurotransmitters don’t fire properly.

  Digital Dialogue: Swim safety

Experts say fun and safety should be at the forefront of every person's mind.

  Henrico Co. offers free classes on use of anti-overdose drug

The Henrico County Health Department is partnering with Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services to offer free classes on how to administer the life-saving drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan.

  Autism bill removes age cap for private insurance coverage

The new law will provide coverage for medically necessary care for individuals with autism of all ages under state-regulated, large group plans starting in January 2020.

More kids being admitted to state’s psychiatric hospital for children

With 48 beds, the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents has been forced to adjust to the reality that more children and teens are being admitted for treatment involuntarily through temporary detention orders.

  'Cope Notes’ designed to turn your smartphone into a support group

The messages come at different times so you aren’t expecting them, and each subscriber gets a different message.

  8 suspected cases of measles in Va. test negative

More than 800 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. so far in 2019.

  Loved to death: Is euthanizing pets to be buried with dead owners OK?

A Chesterfield woman put in her will that her beloved dog should be put down upon her death so its remains can be buried with her.

‘One of the most destructive forest pests’ infests Richmond trees

Impacted ash trees can fall or drop limbs as they weaken, posing a risk to public safety

  Dinwiddie parents notified of scarlet fever case at elementary school

Parents of students whose children are in the same class and ride the bus with the infected child were notified to watch for symptoms in their children.

  Chesterfield sees 10 overdoses in 48 hours - 3 were fatal

Authorities in Chesterfield are dealing with a drug epidemic, after a rash of overdoses.

Sticker shock: Trump taking aim at ‘surprise medical bills’

Trump wants to make it clear that patients who receive emergency care should not be hit with charges that exceed the amount paid to in-network providers.

VCU awarded three cancer research grants

Virginia Commonwealth University awarded three grants for cancer prevention and cause research, totaling $1,394,751.

  2-year-old girl facing multiple surgeries due to rare genetic disorder

Kady Livesay from Chester is looking for answers to help her 2-year-old daughter Kehlani overcome a rare genetic disorder called 8p inverted duplication and deletion syndrome.

Health districts in Virginia tackle rising STD rates

Virginia has seen a 22 percent increase in chlamydia diagnoses, syphilis cases jumped by 52 percent and gonorrhea diagnoses have increased 71 percent increase.

As hospitals monitor drugs, opioid deaths see decline

Fatal opioid overdoses increased steadily from 572 in 2012 to 1,230 in 2017. Last year, however, the number of deaths dipped, to 1,213.

  ‘It’s important to do tick checks’: Lone star tick bite causes allergy to red meat

A Goochland woman is making changes to her diet after a tick bite. Weeks after being bitten by a lone star tick, she developed an allergy to red meat.

  Men struggle in getting mental health help, experts say

According to Mental Health America, more than 6 million men in the U.S. suffer from depression, but it often goes undiagnosed.

  Mother of Alabama infant with measles speaks out

As the Alabama Department of Health has confirmed a St. Clair County infant has the measles, the child’s mother is speaking out about the heartbreak she and her family are experiencing.

  Lifeguard battling testicular cancer has warning for other men: Don’t ignore the signs

"In my gut I knew something was wrong but I didn't listen to it."

Rx for success: Historic Virginia pharmaceutical association relaunches

If necessity is the mother of invention, she certainly had a hand in the formation of the Old Dominion Pharmaceutical Association more than 70 years ago.

  New robotic surgery used for kidney transplant at Richmond hospital

A new type of robotic surgery is a milestone in kidney transplantation, and VCU Hume-Lee Transplant Center says Dr. Chandra Bhati is the first on the East Coast to perform it.

Bon Secours unveiling gift of life donor memorial sculpture

Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center will honor organ and tissue donors with the unveiling of its donor memorial sculpture on April 30, 2019.

Increase in hepatitis A cases in northwest Virginia, health official says

The Virginia Department of Health issued an alert earlier this month about an increase in hepatitis A cases across the country.

  Doctor advises of the warning signs of a stroke

Statistically, one person suffers from a stroke every 40 seconds in the US.

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

Strep behind cheerleader’s sudden death: 'This used to be something nobody knew about’

Dr. Riham Alwan at the Christ Hospital says there’s a reason they call strep leading to sepsis the silent killer.

Have unwanted prescription drugs? Here’s where to take them on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27.

Demystifying an rare phenomenon: Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy

The methods used to garner attention from others can range from simple lies about an illness to actual physical harm, even poisoning, of the victim.

  Chesterfield County works to help parents talk to teens about underage drinking

The app lets you choose an avatar for you and your child. You can then practice conversations before you have them with your real child. (Source: samhsa.gov)

Hepatitis A cases spike in Virginia

According to the Department of Health, the state has seen a 132% increase in HAV cases this year in comparison to the same time period in 2018.

Digital Dialogue: Autism Awareness Month

On Thursday, April 18 at 11 a.m., Rachel DePompa will be joined by three panelists for a conversation on this mysterious disorder.

  Dinwiddie County files $40 million lawsuit against drug companies over opioid epidemic

The lawsuit claims pharmaceutical companies misled the public about the addictive properties of the drugs.

  ‘Keep living ... keep going’: Teen shares cancer survivor story to advocate for St. Jude

Emily Woodall, who first went to St. Jude as a patient in 2002, is hoping to one day work for the fundraising arm of the hospital.

Father files lawsuit to block state from changing disabled daughter’s diet

For 16 years, Gupta’s family says the staff at CVTC has accommodated their family’s Hindu religious preference of feeding Alisha a diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  Virginia experts seek to ‘normalize’ conversations about mental health

Candid conversations took place in Richmond Tuesday about erasing the stigma of mental health and making it a part of everyday life.

  Digital Dialogue: A conversation about organ donation during Donate Life Month

Jasmine Turner will moderate an informative and personal conversation with a heart transplant recipient, the father of an organ donor, and representatives from United Network for Organ Sharing, and Donate Life Virginia.