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Hearing loss occurs naturally: A solution can be found

We commonly associate hearing loss with advancing age, but that isn’t the whole story. Although hearing loss is common in older adults, affecting approximately 30 percent of people over age 60, hearing changes can occur in one’s 30s and 40s.


New issue of Y Magazine on the streets: Produced by Augusta Free Press

The Summer issue of the Y Magazine, which highlights fitness, child-development and senior programs and activities at the Waynesboro YMCA, is available for pickup at the Y and will be mailed to members in Waynesboro and Augusta County in the coming days.


Central Shenandoah EMS Council announces regional EMS award winners

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council honored the dedication and commitment of its emergency medical services providers at the council’s regional awards ceremony June 3 at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.


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Augusta Health marks National Cancer Survivors Day on June 7

Augusta Health Cancer Program’s Cancer Survivors Day Celebration coming up on Sunday will be an afternoon of Meaningful Mindfulness: Celebrating Life in the Moment for Cancer Survivors and their Families.


Missing link found between brain, immune system: With major disease implications

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.


Dinner Diva: Easy fixes for eating on the go!

As a frequent flyer myself, I’m here to tell you that you can, indeed, stay Paleo on the go. All it takes is a bit of planning.


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Randy Forbes: Bringing mental illness out of the shadows

Mental illness is both innately personal and profoundly national. This is not “their” issue — it is our issue. The mental health of our military men and women creates a wake throughout our society that is directly connected to the health of our economy, our families, our military readiness, and our overall well-being as a nation.


Fat wasn’t my fate: Body-acceptance movement wrongly tells you to accept what you can change

“Many decry her body-acceptance movement as encouraging obesity.” The words of People magazine about its plus-size cover model, Tess Holliday, a size-22, who describes her modeling career as an effort to “help other women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, regardless of their size or what society tells them is beautiful.”


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What causes hearing loss?

Our ears are delicate instruments, and our ability to hear can diminish for a number of reasons. The majority of people develop hearing loss as they get older. Over time, part of the ear’s delicate mechanism may break down or simply wear out.


Waynesboro rocks! New YMCA fitness director aims to change fitness, wellness paradigm

The model for fitness centers has been, come to the gym, do your fitness here. The Waynesboro YMCA is turning the model on its head with a new approach to fitness.


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DBHDS to hold town hall meetings on Transformation Team Recommendations

During the month of May, Commissioner Ferguson of the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS) and the Transformation Team Co-Chairs will host four town hall meetings across the state to solicit feedback from the general public on the Transformation Team recommendations to the Commissioner.


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Recall of Good Seed soybean sprouts due to possible health risk

Good Seed Inc. of Springfield is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems.


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Babies born within five miles of downtown Richmond face up to 20-year difference in life expectancy

A new life expectancy map released today illustrates that opportunities to lead a long and healthy life can vary dramatically in Richmond based on where you live.


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UVA identifies a surprising contributor to Rett syndrome

The immune system is designed to protect us from disease. But what if it was malfunctioning? Would it make a disease worse? That appears to be the case with Rett syndrome.


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UVA study: Cancer diagnoses will rise as population ages

Cancer is a leading cause of death in Virginia and researchers at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service project that the rate of growth in new cancer cases will far outpace the growth of the population in the next 25 years, due to the overall aging of the population.


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Virginia volunteers to help Indiana fight HIV outbreak

Health specialists from Virginia are on their way to Indiana today, lending their expertise to that state’s HIV outbreak response.


Waynesboro man loses 161 pounds, 22 pants sizes in 54 weeks: How he did it

Jeff Hoke, 44, of Waynesboro, has lost 161 pounds over the past year, dropping from 409 pounds to his current 248. It started, literally, with “baby steps” at the Waynesboro YMCA, Hoke said.


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UVA study: Gastric bypass improves long-term survival

Obese patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery have significantly better long-term survival rates than obese patients who do not receive the surgery, according to a University of Virginia Health System study.


Virginia Tech’s Linsey Marr studies health impacts of engineered nanomaterials

Virginia Tech professor Linsey Marr is now among a handful of researchers in the world who are addressing concerns about engineered nanomaterials in the atmosphere.


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Randy Forbes: The heroes behind our heroes

Andrea Sawyer of Colonial Heights, VA, takes her husband to all of his medical appointments as often as three or four times a week.


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Tim Kaine statement on Marilyn Tavenner move to step down from healthcare post

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on the decision by Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to step down.


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Hearing Healthcare of Virginia: Get a free hearing screening, and lunch is on us

Better hearing is right around the corner. Hearing Healthcare of Virginia offers a Community Wellness program that offers a free baseline hearing screening to anyone over the age of 50. It’s only 15 minutes, and it’s free.


Ken Plum: Virginia General Assembly session under way

The General Assembly convened for its annual session on January 14. Although the session scheduled to adjourn at the end of February is termed “the short session,” it will have a full agenda of opportunities and challenges.


UVA honored among 100 Hospitals with Great Women’s Health Programs

Becker’s Hospital Review has named University of Virginia Medical Center to its 2014 list of “100 hospitals with great women’s health programs.”


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Sen. Tim Kaine meets with Secretary of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Armed Services and Budget Committees, released the following statement after meeting with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald to discuss challenges facing Virginia veterans, including issues with disability benefits and health care wait times.


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Robert Hurt votes for House transparency legislation

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act.


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Governor McAuliffe announces federal approval, launch of Governor’s Access Plan

Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday announced the launch of the Governor’s Access Plan, or GAP, which will provide vital medical and behavioral health services for 20,000 individuals who have a serious mental illness and are uninsured.


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Planned Parenthood applauds Governor McAuliffe’s equal opportunity agenda

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia applauds Governor McAuliffe on the release of his 2015 Equal Opportunity agenda.


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Governor McAuliffe announces equal opportunity legislative agenda

Governor McAuliffe announced on Monday a series of legislative proposals aimed at ensuring that every Virginian has equal opportunity to succeed and contribute to the Commonwealth’s economic growth.


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VCU physician-researcher to help advise the nation on preventive care

Alex Krist, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and population health at VCU, today was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.


Food Bank to provide more healthy food in coming year

Buying unhealthy, inexpensive food is one of the most common ways that client households of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank stretch their dollars, a recent study of hunger reveals.


Within Reach program to shed light on careers in health care

The next Within Reach program in Roanoke will shed light on the depth and breadth of health care career options and what it takes to get there.


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Virginia forage conferences link animal and human health

Beef has periodically gotten a bad rap, but a speaker at an upcoming series of forage and grassland seminars believes beef is the real health food.


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Revenge of the bacteria?

The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost.


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ACLU urges governor to issue immediate conditional pardon to man with autism

Today, the ACLU of Virginia renewed its call that the Governor take executive action to ensure that Reginald “Neli” Latson, an autistic man who has been in solitary confinement in state prison for more than a year, is moved as quickly as possible to a treatment facility in Florida.


Limited visitation at UVA Medical Center due to flu

Due to increasing numbers of flu-like illnesses and laboratory-confirmed flu cases, UVA Medical Center and UVA Children’s Hospital are limiting visitation to all inpatient units and the Emergency Department.


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VICAP open enrollment breaks record

VICAP staff and volunteers at Valley Program for Aging Services broke a record for the number of individuals served and contacts recorded during Medicare’s Open Enrollment Oct. 15-Dec. 7.


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New SleevesUp website from the American Red Cross lets supporters host virtual blood drives

January is National Blood Donor Month and this year, American Red Cross supporters have a new way to help save lives through blood and platelet donation with SleevesUp virtual blood drives.


The Greenbrier unveils second annual Discovery Series

To kick off the new year, The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia is launching its second annual Discovery Series, a collection of 10 themed weekends meant to elevate the senses, uncover hidden passions and cultivate the palate.


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Community Foundation now accepting grant applications

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge announces the opening of their 2015 grant application cycle. Nonprofit organizations either located in or serving Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta, Nelson, and Highland counties are eligible and encouraged to apply.