Health & Science

Addicted Babies
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Lily's Place Set to Finally Open Doors

Credit Clark Davis


Lily’s Place was created to care for addicted babies in Huntington and now it’s going to finally open its doors.

The facility will care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning the they’re born addicted to drugs because of their mothers.

Lily’s Place officials and state dignitaries were on hand Wednesday as they cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors for babies to be welcomed.

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No similar cases
4:11 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Providers To Report Cases Possibly Linked to Mysterious Illness in Colorado

The CDC wants to be informed of cases similar to an illness found in a group of children in Colorado.
Credit Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Department of Health and Human Resources officials filed an order Wednesday requiring health care providers to report all cases that may be linked to a mysterious neurologic illness that has been seen in children in Colorado.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is making the request nationwide.

The CDC is investigating the illness of a cluster of nine pediatric patients in Colorado, all hospitalized with acute neurologic illness with limb weakness of undetermined origin that might be linked to the enterovirus D68. 

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Air Quality
10:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Three Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions and Save West Virginia Lives

A study just released explores projected health co-benefits of reducing carbon emissions. It indicates that each year, the lives of 50 West Virginians could be saved but, only if certain policies are adopted.

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Disease Prevention
1:48 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

WV Receives $1 Million for Disease Prevention

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
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West Virginia has been awarded more than $1 million for chronic disease prevention programs.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced two grants on Thursday for state and local programs. The programs are aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

 The grants are funded in part by the Affordable Care Act. They will be administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Bud/Alpoca Water
11:53 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Officials Celebrate New Step Towards Consistant Safe Water in Wyoming Co.

Back Row: Jason Mullins, President County Commission, Larrry Mathis, County Commission and Silas Mullins, County Commission, Front Row: Michael Browning-Senator Manchin's Office, Kimberly Gross-Governor Tomblin's office, LTC William Reding-US Army Corps of Engineers Huntington, Virgil Shrewsbury-Eastern Wyoming PSD, Congressman Rahall, David Cole, Region One Planning and Development Council, Linda Murphy, WV Delegate, and William Basiden-Logan PSD.

A ceremony celebrating the effort to ensure quality drinking water for a community in Southern West Virginia was hosted on Tuesday.

The ceremony marked a milestone for the Bud/Alpoca Water System Upgrade Project. The upgrade ensures that an estimated 170 residential and commercial customers in the communities of Bud and Alpoca, in Wyoming County will have safe drinking water.

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Rail Safety
11:38 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Rail/Train Workers' Deaths Prompt National Study

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Railroad regulators say some federal workplace safety standards should be extended to workers on and near the tracks.

The National Transportation Safety Board is issuing a draft report after investigating 15 deaths of railroad "roadway" employees in 2013. The number was up from eight in 2012 and five in 2011.

Among the report's findings is that differences between regulations of the Federal Railroad Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can be confusing.

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Health & Science
4:08 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

DHHR Confirms Four Cases of Enterovirus EV-D68 in West Virginia

Health officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said Monday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed four cases of Enterovirus EV-D68 in West Virginia, the twenty-third state known to have the virus circulating.  The virus has caused a total of 160 people to become ill across 22 states between mid-August through September 19, and those numbers are increasing, with West Virginia being added to the list of states reporting the virus.  

The West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services and the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) Laboratory sent 32 specimen samples from Calhoun, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mercer, Raleigh, Wirt, and Wood counties to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing, according to a news release issued Monday.  The West Virginia DHHR says of the specimens submitted, four have been confirmed as cases of EV-D68 in children. 

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Natural Resouces
3:53 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

A Call to Help Wipe Out Invasive Species

1:43 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Calhoun County's Darkness May Be Worth A Lot of Money

Night time sky over West Virginia
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Amateur astronomers are seeking nice dark places where they can watch the nighttime sky.  They just might find it in Calhoun County.

Saturday night stargazers will set up their equipment in a park near Grantsville to see just how dark it is.

Tim Ezzell is a researcher at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  He’s leading a team of other UT researchers and officials in Calhoun County to determine if this area is dark enough to become an attractive tourist destination.

“We looked at maps and charts and sure enough Calhoun was about the darkest place left in the Eastern United States," Exell explained.  

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Black Lung
4:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Sen. Rockefeller Works on Black Lung Bill With Pa. Senator Casey

Credit Department of Labor

Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jay Rockefeller and plan to introduce legislation aimed at ensuring more fair treatment for coal miners with black lung disease as they pursue benefits claims.

The bill by the two coal-state senators comes after an investigation examined how doctors and lawyers, working at the behest of the coal industry, helped defeat the benefits claims of sick miners. The investigation was done by the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News.

Senator Rockefeller introduced the Black Lung Health Improvements Act last year, but the new bill is expected to address issues uncovered in the investigation.

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Health & Science
9:31 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Study: 25 Percent of Pregnant W.Va. Women Smoke

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  More than 25 percent of pregnant women in West Virginia from 2008 to 2011 said they smoked during their pregnancy.

Federal data and a state health organization say pregnant West Virginia women continue to smoke at the highest recorded rates in the nation.

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Oil & Gas
3:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

What is the Atlantic Coast Pipeline?

Possible route of the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Credit Dominion Resources

A series of informational gatherings are underway about a proposed 550-mile gas pipeline called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion Resources is sponsoring the events.

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Health & Science
8:22 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Help The USDA Count Stink Bugs in West Virginia

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville is hosting a second year of its Great Stink Bug Count in the hopes more data will help answer previous questions about the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

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Health Care
4:01 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Rockefeller Urges Congress to 'Act Now' on CHIP

A screen grab from the livestream of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Insurance, which Sen. Jay Rockefeller chaired.
Credit U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller chaired his first and, notably, last meeting of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Health Insurance Tuesday afternoon discussing a program he has championed, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP.

“Creating this program has been one of the most meaningful things I have done in my career in public service,” Rockefeller said in opening the meeting.

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Science Behind the Art
3:37 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Youth Program Combines Science and Art

A new after school program in Beckley is bringing Science and Art together. The program is made possible by a grant from the Beckley Area Foundation with the help from the Benedum Foundation and West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

Dr. Aida Jimenez is the Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Charleston in Beckley and director of the after school program.

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4:12 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

New Data Shows Resurgence of Most Severe Form of Black Lung Disease in Appalachia

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:05 pm

The most severe form of black lung disease is at levels not seen since the early 1970s, according to new data from the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety.

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Drug Abuse
12:19 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

W.Va. Pain Clinics Screening Patients for Pill Use

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Former narcotics officers are being used at some West Virginia pain clinics to screen patients.

The Charleston Gazette reports Hope pain clinics in Beckley, Fairmont and Kanawha City are charging patients $150 for an initial screening and $75 for subsequent visits.

Raleigh County-based PPPFD Inc. screens the patients for the three clinics. The business name stands for Patients, Physicians, Pharmacists Fighting Diversion.

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Health & Science
11:58 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Health-Care Quality Project Launches in W.Va.

Credit Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

  Organizations in West Virginia have launched an initiative to improve health care quality throughout the state.

West Virginians for Affordable Health Care on Thursday launched the initiative called Choosing Wisely in West Virginia.

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Chemical Spill
2:58 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

CDC in W.Va. Discussing Spill Health Monitoring

Federal health officials are in Charleston this week discussing options for medical monitoring after a January chemical spill contaminated water supplies to 300,000 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials say they are a few weeks to a month away from deciding how to track people's long-term health.

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Health Forum
11:19 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Survey: Top Health Priority in Kanawha County is Drug Abuse

A group who attended the CAPE event discuss what health issues they would have prioritized on the survey.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

A national organization was on the campus of West Virginia State University Wednesday to release results from a survey conducted in Kanawha County. The survey asked respondents to rank the top health priorities for the area and, for those who attended the event, the results weren’t all that surprising.

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