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.

WASHINGTON — A glitch in Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts.

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…

HUNTINGTON — The county health department was staying open late just for them, so after dinner, a dozen men shuffled out of the Lifehouse drug rehabilitation shelter where they were living and climbed into a battered white van.

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.

WILLIAMSON — Williamson Memorial Hospital (WMH) announced via press release late Thursday afternoon the layoff of 35 employees and the closure of Williamson Family Care and Williamson Medical Specialties clinics. 

HUNTINGTON — An attorney representing Cabell County and 700 others in a federal opioid lawsuit says he plans to seek $500 million from three drug firms for the county’s recovery efforts from the opioid epidemic and a plan has been created on how the money generally would be spent.

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FUNERALS TODAY DECEMBER 10, 2019

Boner, James - 1 p.m., Cooke Funeral Home Chapel, Cedar Grove.

Church, Alice - 1 p.m., Long & Fisher Funeral Home, Sissonville.

Daniels Sr., Richard - 1 p.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Gregory, Esley - 7 p.m., Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs.

Oldaker Sr., Joshua - 1 p.m., Gatens-Harding Funeral Home Chapel, Poca.

Richardson, Emma - 11 a.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Settle, Thomas - 5:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church, St. Albans.

Smith, Alma - 1 p.m., Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow.

White, Bob - 7 p.m., Bollinger Funeral Home, Charleston.