WASHINGTON — The repeal of an unpopular fine for people without health insurance has had little impact on “Obamacare” sign-ups or premiums, a gap between the real world and legal arguments from conservatives again challenging the Affordable Care Act.

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the nicotine-delivery devices.

Anyone under 21 can no longer legally buy cigarettes, cigars or any other tobacco products in the United States. A new law enacted last week by Congress also applies to e-cigarettes and vaping products that heat a liquid containing nicotine.

BUSHEKELI, Rwanda — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down the hill to the road below. What she carried in her bag…

Rohrbach is coming into a new legislative session, and subsequently a new decade, armed with legislation he hopes will further impact the the addiction crisis facing West Virginia. Paired with the state Office of Drug Control Policy's Substance Use Response Plan, which should be finalized by the Department of Health and Human Resources in January, the state has a plan to make the next decade about recovery.

In coming weeks, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department’s board is expected to pass an ordinance limiting vaping in public places, bringing its policies in line with 34 other counties that already regulate electronic smoking devices to the same standards as cigarettes.

HUNTINGTON — Despite rates declining nationally, the obesity rate among children ages 2 to 4 participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in West Virginia increased from 14.4% in 2010 to 16.6% in 2016, according to the newest data published this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Janet Briscoe, director of epidemiology at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, announced this week that she will be leaving the department to work at Charleston Area Medical Center in infection prevention.

Despite bids from West Virginia firms at less than half the price, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources chose the most expensive law firm to handle the pending foster care lawsuit, according to documents obtained by Delegate Brandon Steele, R-Raleigh, after a Freedom of…

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced Tuesday that Aetna Better Health of West Virginia has been selected to serve as the managed care organization for children and youth in adoption and foster care placement, and the state’s Children with Serious Emotional Dis…

MORGANTOWN — On Saturday, Robert Parsons, a 61-year-old man from Chesapeake, Ohio, got a new lease on life when surgeons at the West Virginia University Heart and Vascular Institute and the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance performed West Virginia’s first heart transplant.

CUMBERLAND, Md. — Last year, Al Moore was gulping down a dozen medications to cope with physical pain and sometimes crippling post-traumatic stress disorder that he developed during 30 years in the Marine Corps.

Funerals for Monday, January 20, 2020

Coles, Kermit - Noon, Nitro Church of God, Nitro.

Craft, Kim - 11 a.m., Whatcoat United Methodist Church, White Sulphur Springs.

Cutlip, Ruby - 1 p.m., Greene - Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton.

Lawson, Edward - 7 p.m., Lincoln Drive Community Church, South Charleston.

Legg, Wanda - 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Miller, Charles - 3 p.m., Tyler Mountain Funeral Home, Cross Lanes.

Mitchell, Joshua - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

Scott, Linda - 1 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

Tincher, Joe - 1 p.m., Lantz Funeral Home, Alderson.

Wilcox, Brandon - 7 p.m., Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane.