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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.


The new skinny on dietary fat

Going “fat-free” might seem like an effective, safe way to lose weight when considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to four calories per gram in carbohydrates and proteins.


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Augusta Health Foundation has banner first year

Each New Year’s Day is a time for both reflecting on the year past and focusing on the goals of the year to come. For the Augusta Health Foundation, 2014 was its first full year of operation, and one that included many firsts and significant accomplishments.


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GMO foods don’t need labeling, farmers say

On a recent WWBT TV 12 news segment, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation representatives explained that genetically modified crops are no different from conventional crops.


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164,884 people in Virginia selected 2015 Marketplace plans in the first month of open enrollment

According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services this week, 164,884 people in Virginia selected plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace leading up to the December 15 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015.


Earth Talk: Avoiding harmful food additives

More than 10,000 food additives are approved for use in the U.S., despite potential health implications. Some are “direct additives” deliberately formulated into processed food; others are “indirect,” that is, finding their way into food during processing, storage or packaging.


Ken Plum: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

The editorial in the September 21, 1897 New York Sun, responding to a letter from eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who had inquired about whether there was a Santa Claus, has become the most reprinted newspaper editorial, according to the Newseum.


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ACLU urges governor to help man with autism escape improper treatment in prison, jail

Today, the ACLU of Virginia sent a letter to Governor Terry McAuliffe asking him to review the case of Reginald “Neli” Latson, a young man with intellectual and developmental disabilities who has been held in solitary confinement in a state correctional facility for almost a year.


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Sen. Tim Kaine weighs in on national strategy to prevent opiod abuse

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine joined 20 of his colleagues to write a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the national strategy to address opioid abuse being developed by HHS.


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UVA vice president Thomas Skalak named senior official of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Thomas Skalak, vice president for research at the University of Virginia, has been named the inaugural executive director for science and technology programs at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in Seattle, officials announced Monday. The appointment is effective Feb. 1.


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The other side of gun violence, mental illness, justice

A guy shoots up a school, the right howls about not giving up Second Amendment rights because of random gun violence, says it’s mental illness, does nothing about mental illness.