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Heparin Contaminant Identified

Updated: 03/20/2008 - U.S. health regulators have identified the contaminant found in Baxter International's blood thinner heparin, which may be to blame for 19 deaths.

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What's Going Around 3-19

Updated: 03/20/2008 - Influenza remains at a level four on the Virginia Department of Health website.

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Agreement in CVS and Medicaid Claims

Posted: 03/19/2008 - Pharmacy chain CVS Caremark Corporation has agreed to pay almost $37 million to the federal government, 23 states including Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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Lack of Coverage Leads to Deaths

Posted: 03/18/2008 - Health advocates say the Medicaid program needs to be expanded to prevent hundreds of premature deaths in West Virginia every year.

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Health Care Report

Updated: 03/19/2008 - Health coverage and access to health care is a vital part of staying healthy, and is necessary for most individuals and families to get the medical help they need.

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Millions of Toys Recalled

Updated: 03/18/2008 - Toy distributor Mega Brands has recalled about 2.4 million Chinese-made toys.

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W.V. Medicaid Not Compliant?

Updated: 03/17/2008 - The West Virginia state Medicaid agency files its rules in such a confusing way that some people can't even tell if they're eligible for the benefit.

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Possible Mumps Cases at UVA

Posted: 03/14/2008 - Officials at the University of Virginia suspect two students have contracted the mumps.

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Sick Easter Bunnies Seized

Posted: 03/13/2008 - Dozens of sick rabbits have been seized from a farm near Fincastle.

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Slight Tightening of Smog Rules

Posted: 03/13/2008 - The Environmental Protection Agency is tightening the air quality health standard for smog, but not by as much as many medical experts believe is needed.

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Blood Substitute Grant

Posted: 03/13/2008 - Virginia Commonwealth University is getting $3.5 million in federal grants for research related to the blood substitute Oxycyte.

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Study into Cases of STDs

Updated: 03/13/2008 - A new study from the Centers for Disease Control finds one in four American teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease.

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Problems for Veteran Nursing Home

Posted: 03/12/2008 - State Veteran's Affairs Director Larry Linch says 75 percent of the problems noted in a surprise inspection of West Virginia's new veterans home have been corrected.

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Inhalant Abuse Program

Updated: 03/12/2008 - Inhalant abuse is an ever-increasing problem in Virginia, and the public was invited to Wilson Memorial High School Tuesday night to learn more.

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Changed Mind on Smoking Ban

Posted: 03/11/2008 - Members of West Virginia University's Faculty Senate have changed their minds about whether to support an indoor smoking ban.

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Pharmaceutical Drugs in Water

Updated: 03/10/2008 - An Associated Press investigation finds a variety of pharmaceutical drugs, such as antidepressants, birth control and antibiotics, in the source water supplies of many metropolitan areas including some in Virginia.

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National Rabies Awareness Week

Updated: 03/11/2008 - It's National Rabies Awareness Week and the Virginia Department of Health is urging people to get their pets vaccinated.

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Drugs in Water Hurt Animals More

Posted: 03/10/2008 - The more than 40 million Americans whose drinking water supplies contain traces of pharmaceuticals represent just the human victims.

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Record Rabies Cases in 2007

Posted: 03/10/2008 - Virginia health officials say reported cases of animal rabies last year shot up to their highest number since 1982.

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Testing W.V. Water

Posted: 03/10/2008 - Despite the fact that a vast array of pharmaceuticals have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, West Virginia utilities don't test for such substances.

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