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Indicted Raleigh County doctor wrote thousands of prescriptions
Indicted Raleigh County doctor wrote thousands of prescriptions

A Beckley-based nephrologist indicted Tuesday on multiple drug charges by a federal grand jury had more than 9,000 Medicare Part D prescriptions filled in 2013.

Dr. Jose Jorge Abbud Gordinho, who was

Lung disease patients, caregivers invited to respiratory rally

Until just before she was diagnosed with cancer, Nancy Tonkin thought she was perfectly healthy.

The 59-year-old Nitro resident had been on vacation and was living an active lifestyle, walking several miles a day.

“I walked Mount...

Kanawha health officials seek adverse childhood experience data

Officials from the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department want to know how your childhood was — and they want you to know how that could affect your health now.

For the next two weeks, residents may take the ...

Ohio County board expands smoking ban to motels, other sites

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) – Health officials are expanding Ohio County’s smoking ban to hotels, motels and outdoor public places.

Media outlets report that the Wheeling-Ohio County Board of Health approved a revision to the...

Free health insurance enrollment session today

State residents who are interested in free, in-person help in learning how they might enroll or re-enroll in health insurance under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act are invited to attend an information and enrollment session from 3 to 7 p.m....

Former Derakhshan patient touts neurologist’s care at board meeting

One week after the conclusion of Charleston neurologist Iraj Derakhshan’s public hearing, a former patient of the embattled doctor delivered a message to the West...

Whooping cough cases spike in WV after a 2-year lull

There have been 52 confirmed cases of pertussis so far in 2015 in West Virginia, up markedly from 2014, which saw only 18, and 2013, which had 19, according to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

The DHHR has confirmed...

Despite improvement, WV gets ‘D’ on premature birthrate
Despite improvement, WV gets ‘D’ on premature birthrate

Smoking, drug addiction and alcohol abuse, three of West Virginia’s biggest health problems, are the biggest contributor to a fourth problem — the state’s troubling rate of premature births.

This year’s March of Dimes ...

DHHR lifts limits on EpiPen prescribing following Auvi-Q recall
DHHR lifts limits on EpiPen prescribing following Auvi-Q recall

Despite making the Auvi-Q its preferred epinephrine injector for Medicaid recipients earlier this year, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has been forced to revert to offering the EpiPen after a nationwide Auvi-Q recall....

Report: W.Va. health system saved $2.4B choosing generics

West Virginia health care consumers and insurers collectively saved $2.4 billion in 2014 by choosing generic drugs over their brand-name counterparts, according to a study released this week by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association.


Heroin, prescription pain pills top drug threat in the US

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Drug Enforcement Administration says heroin and prescription pain pills are among the top drug threats in the U.S.

The agency released its latest drug threat assessment released Wednesday.

DEA’s acting...

Tomblin to headline anti-drug summit

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading to Martinsburg for a summit on West Virginia’s heroin epidemic.

Tomblin will headline the summit Wednesday at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department....

Health insurance helpline launches in W.Va.

A new helpline for uninsured West Virginians will assist callers in navigating the health insurance marketplace during open enrollment, which began this week and continues through Jan. 31.


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