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Kanawha health officer warns of La Crosse, West Nile


Kanawha County’s health officer warned of the dangers of mosquito-borne illness like West Nile virus and La Crosse encephalitis in the region during the summer months at a Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health meetin...

CAMC to use new IT system for electronic health records


Charleston Area Medical Center plans to use a new software system for its electronic medical records, and will complete the transition by next July.

Dr. Pinckney McIlwain, chief medical officer for CAMC, said the ...

DOP backtracks on proposed rule after local health backlash


After receiving hundreds of public comments and push back from local health departments, the state Division of Personnel has backed off a proposed rule change that would have made employees give up their years of service...

Report: 13,000 more W.Va. children in poverty


West Virginians are faring worse than ever in terms of health metrics like teen pregnancy rates, unemployment and low birth weight, and the number of children living in poverty in the state has increased by more than 13,...

Police say self-defense likely in fatal West Side shooting


Police said a woman who shot and killed a man inside a house on Charleston’s West Side on Saturday probably won’t be charged in the man’s death, because she was defending herself after he attacked he...

Adult coloring club taps into creativity, play


Linda Sodaro has always been a “closet colorer.” So when she heard about the rising popularity of adult coloring books, she was immediately sold.

“I was listening to [National Public Radio], an...

WIC updates approved food list


Families receiving assistance through West Virginia’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program can expect to see a few changes on their grocery bill thanks to changes in federal and state guidelines to the foods ...

Rule change could affect local health department workers


Local and county employees — specifically, those at health departments — who pay into the state Division of Personnel system would be barred from transferring to state jobs and keeping their seniority, unde...

Mother’s struggle shows W.Va. HMOs provide greater involvement in member care


he day Jazzmynne Mida found out the gender of her unborn child, she also found out that he would face an uphill battle.

“They told us something was wrong but they weren’t sure what, so they sent us t...

Foundation head talks drug recovery in W.Va.


John Shinholser has been sober since 1982, and in the 33 years since, he’s made it his mission to help others achieve the same.

Shinholser, a United States Marine Corps veteran and Virginia native, is the p...

Disabled WV plaintiffs file against DHHR over care aid


The state Department of Health and Human Resources is running one of its disability waiver programs in violation of federal law and must be forced to provide more extensive care to disabled West Virg...

East End woman finds boa constrictor in oven


Stephanie Reese has a fear of snakes, and her worst fears were realized Monday night as she searched under her oven for a baking pan.

She had put her son, Gabriel, to bed early, but woke him up after realizing she ...

Food bank recovering from fiscal woes


Despite financial struggles that nearly crippled its program earlier in the year, folks at West Virginia’s largest food bank say it is recovering, and has distributed more than five million pounds of food between ...

Loudendale man wins national award for community involvement


LOUDENDALE — Jeff Blount tries to be the sort of neighbor he’d want to have — a strategy that has earned him national recognition.

“This community goes...

DHHR, Cabell create WV’s first needle-exchange pilot


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — So far in 2015, Cabell County has collectively lost more than 1,000 years of productive life among its citizens at the hands of an epidem...

Cabell County to launch needle exchange


West Virginia residents will learn more about the state’s first needle-exchange program later this week. Officials in Cabell County are set to announce plans for the program Thursday.

The West Virginia Depa...

Report: W.Va. HMOs have least medical spending among 37 states


A report released this month by an independent actuarial firm indicates that West Virginia’s three oldest health maintenance organizations spend the least amount of money that they take in on actual medical costs ...

WVU grad cycling across U.S. for WVU junior beaten into coma


Frank Fumich is competing in the race of his life, so that others might remember another life, six years after it was ruined.

In 2009, then 20-year-old Ryan Diviney,...

WV keeps ACA insurance subsidies


Roughly 26,000 West Virginians will keep nearly $100 million in yearly federal health insurance subsidies, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states with federally run insurance exchang...

Disability caucus focuses on community services, rights


Mike Beers is approached periodically with well-meaning offers of help. While Beers is usually able to brush off the offer with a simple “no, thank you,” this day in the grocery story was different —...

‘Longest Day’ raises Alzheimer’s awareness


Cheryl Thaxton is an artist and a nurse — two vocations that help her better understand Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects people she has known and loved.

“I’ve had family members &#...

Professor: doctors must stand firm on vaccine schedule


With a large number of parents hesitant to vaccinate their children on time and a growing number of physicians willing to delay vaccines, regional health officials are encouraging a “strong and consistent” ...

Health professionals talk ‘vaccine gap’ at annual summit


Despite its success in vaccinating school-age children in recent years, West Virginia is only a “plane ride away” from its own measles outbreak thanks to gaps in vaccine rates for the rest of its population...

Growler bill could mean boost for craft beer industry


The growler: 64 ounces of craft beer in a resealable, refillable bottle meant for toting brews home and sharing a drink that otherwise could only be found behind a bar or in the brewery.

Until Friday, filling a gr...

WVDHHR urges getting vaccinations long before school starts


With more children to be vaccinated than ever before, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is encouraging parents to get their children’s shots well ahead of the upcoming...

Charleston native recalls Nepal’s deadly earthquake


Nanette Mosley remembers looking out the window of the bus to see a man struggling to steer his motorcycle.

She remembers knowing something was wrong.

“I was trying to think — maybe he’d ...

Judge grants halt to managed-care mental-health expansion


Representatives from one of West Virginia’s Medicaid managed care organizations fear that a court order barring them from expanding their coverage into behavioral health services will negatively impact patient car...

Mullens defeats Robb, earns third term as South Charleston mayor


South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens, a Republican who has been in office since 2007, won his bid for a third term Saturday in the city’s general election, besting Democrat Richie Robb, who served 32 years as Sout...

2nd Try This! Conference talks community change


BUCKHANNON — The city of Huntington has a bad reputation when it comes to the health of its citizens. In a state rife with poor health rankings nationally, Huntington’s obesity ...

Highmark premiums may rise; HMO in, co-op out for 2016 insurance marketplace


For most of West Virginia, Highmark will remain the only option available in the state’s Affordable Care Act marketplace for 2016, and enrollees on and off the exchange are likely to see rate increases in the comi...

DHHR wants taxpayer petition dismissed


Attorneys for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources argued in court Wednesday that a request to halt the state’s Medicaid managed care expansion for mental health services should be dismissed ...

Auditor: health departments should standardize finance practices


In the wake of concerns about the financial stability of more than one-third of the state’s local health departments, representatives of the State Auditor’s office spoke to state and local health officials ...

Report: WV’s mental health system hurts kids


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Children in West Virginia’s mental health system are too often sent to institutions rather than given services that would allow them to stay in or near their homes, the U.S. Department o...

Local health departments with funding woes identified


The state Department of Health and Human Resources has identified 19 local health departments in West Virginia that have less than six months’ operating cash on hand.

Amy Atkins, director of the state Divisi...

Looking back on 50 years of Head Start in the Mountain State


It was her proudest moment. Before the West Virginia Supreme Court, with her brother by her side, Elizabeth “Bettina” Jordan talked about her first job, decades earlier.

It was 2000, and she was being...