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Lydia Nuzum

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Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15


With Medicare open enrollment set to begin Oct. 15, officials with West Virginia AARP are encouraging seniors to review their existing plans, look out for scams and know what to look for when enrolling in a new Medicare ...

Supreme Court upholds judge’s orders in psych hospitals case


The West Virginia Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed several orders issued by Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom in a long-running case focused on the care of patients at West Virginia’s two state-run psychiatric h...

DHHR to launch program for state’s at-risk children


West Virginia has more children in out-of-home care than any other state, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ latest program is aimed toward curbing that number by improving the health ...

Study: As ziplining popularity grows, so does number of injuries


For some, the idea of hanging 40 feet in the air while rocketing forward at 40 mph is exhilarating, but ziplining, like most other “adventure sports,” isn’t without its risks.

According to a st...

Five things to remember during flu season


Flu season is fast approaching, and state and local health officials are gearing up to combat the perennial virus, which caused hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalizations in the U.S. in 2014.

Kanawha, state officials at odds over local health plan


Kanawha County health officials said last week that a plan to let the state Bureau for Public Health standardize practices at local health departments could hurt those departments and the people they serve.

At a me...

Healthy churches network to launch Saturday


Churches from across the state, in partnership with Try This! West Virginia, are preparing to launch a “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Spirits” Network to connect churches with the resources and tools necessary to...

WVU report: Health sector jobs expected to grow


Health care sector jobs in West Virginia are expected to increase during the next two years, and will continue to see modest growth through 2020, according to a report published by the West Virginia University College of...

Bill Nye to visit Charleston for speaker series


Nationally renowned science educator and former children’s television host Bill Nye will visit Charleston in November as part of the Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series, hosted by the West Virginia Higher Educ...

Eleanor church celebrates 70 years


Its cement facade is bright white, its grounds well-kept, and its inside modern and up-to-date, with gleaming stained glass windows that bathe its small congregation in sunshine on a Sunday afternoon.

Nothing about...

Manchin, McDonald talk drug abuse, healthcare access


On Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin and Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald visited Charleston to talk about two major issues facing the country and state’s military veterans — healthcare access an...

Viral pink eye clusters identified in Kanawha, Putnam counties


Clusters of viral pink eye cases have been reported in Kanawha and Putnam counties since late July, prompting public health officials to investigate the cause and spread of the disease.

Janet Briscoe, the director ...

CAMC expects $1.5 million net income loss in 2016


Charleston Area Medical Center expects a net income loss of $1.5 million in 2016, thanks in part to an expensive one-time cost for implementing a new electronic health records system and a patient payer mix that skews he...

Ronald McDonald House breaks ground on new Charleston location


The drive from her home in Cross Lanes to downtown Charleston began to seem a lot longer for Libby Harris 35 years ago, after her then-5-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia.

Other parents weren...

Construction to start on new Ronald McDonald House


After decades serving the families of young patients at Charleston Area Medical Center’s Women and Children’s Hospital from Kanawha City, the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston will break ground today on i...

Bonnie’s Bus to visit Charleston, provide cancer screenings


This weekend, 27 Kanawha County women will be given the chance to receive free mammograms and breast cancer screenings through Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile mammogram unit that serves thousands of rural West Virginians e...

After 28 years, Cornucopia closes doors on Bridge Road


Inside the shop, rows of shirts emblazoned with the name “Cornucopia” and a date range — 1987 to 2015 — had already sold out once in the past week, and were about to sell out again.


Environmental director leaves Kanawha health department


Nasandra Wright, the director of environmental health services for the Kanawha- Charleston Health Department, has left her position with the agency to pursue a doctoral degree, Kanawha-Charleston Board of Health official...

West Virginia’s uninsured falls below 10 percent


Nearly 100,000 West Virginians gained health insurance between 2013 and 2014, one of the largest drops of uninsured residents in the country, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to t...

Habitat for Humanity CEO visits West Virginia, talks housing


“So what do you think?”

Standing in the donation drop-off center of Charleston’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore, cashier Elizabeth Brunelli waited for Jonathan Reckford’s answer. Heȁ...

Four finalists compete for $5K in annual Create WV conference


Four startups from across the state will compete for $5,000 and the chance to further their budding businesses during the 2015 Create West Virginia Conference in Fayetteville later this month.

More than 300 people ...

Kanawha County launches naloxone program


The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office has launched its own naloxone program, in partnership with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, and has begun training some of its senior offic...

YMCA announces ‘Mind, Body & Spirit’ workshops


The YMCA of the Kanawha Valley has teamed with Kanawha Pastoral Counseling to offer a free seven-week workshop series geared toward emotional well-being.

The weekly Mind, Body & Spirit workshops are scheduled f...

West Virginia launches first 24/7 drug abuse help line


In the two years and seven months Jaimee Moffitt has been sober, her memory or the hopelessness and fear that marked her time as an addict has never faded.

It’s something she has to remember to keep her goi...

Proposed federal nursing home changes could cost thousands in WV


A slew of proposed federal regulations recently put out for public comment by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could force West Virginia’s nursing homes to spend $40,000 more a year on average and sc...

KEYS 4 Healthy Kids tries to move needle on childhood obesity


When Desean first visited Dr. Jamie Jeffrey, the 11-year-old was facing an uphill battle — prescribed two blood pressure medications and considered morbidly obese, Desean needed to change his eating habits and fin...

First responders now can find patients’ end-of-life wishes


EMTs and other first responders in the Mountain State can now know their patients’ end-of-life wishes, because the West Virginia Center for End-of-Life Care gave them access to its online registry.

Dr. Alvin...

W.Va.’s first needle exchange sees 15 patients


Fifteen people showed up Wednesday during West Virginia’s first needle exchange program, a showing county health officials hope will grow as trust in the program builds.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Departme...

DHHR moves forward with WV children’s mental-health facility


The West Virginia Healthcare Authority, by request of the Department of Health and Human Resources, has approved forgoing a Certificate of Need review for a 70-bed psychiatric residential treatment f...

CAMC expects losses as West Virginians age, switch to Medicare


As Baby Boomers age, more of them are moving to Medicare, and that’s hurting Charleston Area Medical Center’s bottom line, the hospital’s board was told Wednesday.


Putnam health board votes to pay remaining debt


The Putnam County Board of Health has moved to pay the last of its nearly $400,000 in outstanding debts, two years after the financially ailing department first contracted with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department in...

KCHD health officer settles into new role


As Dr. Michael Brumage surveyed his new office in the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department’s Lee Street building, he found himself reminiscing about his “second best office” — a high-ceilinged...

Alzheimer’s Association head discusses research, outlook


From smoking to diabetes, West Virginians top the worst health lists in areas that set them up for another big health problem as they age — Alzheimer’s Disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the country...

CAMC Breast Center offers new-tech, patient-centered care


In 1996, Betty Young and her husband embarked on a two-week cruise to Alaska and returned to phone messages from her doctors, urging her to call and schedule a follow-up mammography to the one she’d had just befor...

Lyme disease declared endemic in Kanawha County


Four West Virginia counties, including Kanawha, have been newly declared endemic for Lyme disease, and in all, 11 counties have deer ticks that carry the illness, according to the state’s Bureau for Public Health....

Office of Emergency Medical Services names permanent leader


The interim administrative director of the state’s Office of Emergency Medical Services has been named its new permanent leader — a move officials at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resourc...

Hickam joins the lineup for W.Va. Book Festival


One of West Virginia’s best known living authors has joined the lineup for this year’s West Virginia Book Festival in time to discuss his newest book, scheduled for release in early Oct...

UniCare announces new Northgate headquarters


West Virginia’s largest Medicaid managed-care organization is growing larger in the wake of the state’s Medicaid expansion and managed care’s mental health service carve-in, and has moved its operati...

Gallup poll: W.Va.’s uninsured cut by more than half


The rate of West Virginians without health insurance has dropped precipitously since 2013, the year of the nation’s first Affordable Care Act marketplace, according to a new poll.

A Gallup poll released this...

New administrators see bright future for Thomas, Saint Francis


The way health care is delivered and received in West Virginia is rapidly changing, and Thomas Health System is changing with it — starting at the top.

Thomas Memorial and Saint Francis Hospitals, which tog...

Psych hospital staffing has not risen ‘significantly’ since court-ordered raises


Direct-care staffing at West Virginia’s two psychiatric hospitals has not increased “significantly” since court-ordered raises were implemented earlier this year, according to te...

WV Planned Parenthood: No abortions performed


West Virginia’s only Planned Parenthood clinic does not perform abortions, despite serving more than 960 patients last year and offering preventive services ranging from contraceptives to reproductive life plannin...

Concerns loom over DHHR’s managed care transition


West Virginia’s entire Medicaid expansion population — more than 160,000 people — have received letters asking them to choose a new insurance plan, but with many switching from traditional Medicaid t...

Medicare, Medicaid celebrate 50 years


For a state whose residents are older, sicker and poorer than most, the nation’s two hallmark public health insurance programs are more integral to shaping health care in the Mountain State than ever, 50 years aft...

Syphilis cases spike in Berkeley, Cabell, Mon, Wood


CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In the wake of unprecedented outbreaks of hepatitis B and C, West Virginia is seeing spikes in another sexually transmitted infection. Syphilis diagnoses have increased 24-fold in the last four...

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...