Health & Science

Safety
8:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

MSHA Dedicates Mine Fire Prevention Course to Aracoma Victims


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Oil and Gas Industry
10:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

“Fracking’s Toxic Loophole”: Report Calls for Repeal of Halliburton’s Loophole

Credit Environmental Integrity Project

A new report has just been published that identifies large amounts of toxic chemicals legally used in the oil and gas industry—such chemical-use in any other industrial application is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Not so for the gas industry.


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Claiming Benefits
9:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Retired Miner with Black Lung Approved for Transplant

Credit Jessica Lilly

Former coal miner Robert Bailey was recently approved for a double lung transplant after waiting months for a black lung medical benefits claim to be approved. We spoke with Robert Bailey in June when he was waiting to hear if Patriot Coal’s insurance company would approve his appointment for a medical evaluation. 

Bailey’s doctor told him he needed a lung transplant in February of this year. Since then, he’s been working towards the waiting list. As we reported in June, Bailey had to cancel an evaluation appointment as Patriot Coal’s insurance company, Underwriters Safety and Claims, evaluated his request for coverage.  We caught up with Bailey at his kitchen table in Princeton about three months later to recap his journey.

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Research
7:45 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Wild Ginseng, Wood Thrushes, and Climate Change: A Survival Story

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Some researchers at West Virginia University have discovered that wild ginseng—a native and valuable medicinal plant—could be using specific birds to catch a ride into climates for which it’s better suited.

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Workforce Development
11:38 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

W.Va. Women in Tech Conference Features First Female Space Walker

"What an amazing woman in STEM, #KathrynDSullovan @ #WVWomenTech"
Credit tweeted Kristen Perko

The first woman to walk in space was the keynote speaker at the Women in Tech Conference. Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and several other speakers met at Oglebay Park in Ohio County to talk about empowerment and technology.

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Health & Science
2:40 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

West Virginia Health Officials Preparing for Ebola

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

No Ebola cases have emerged in West Virginia, but hospitals, state health officials and residents are preparing for the worst.

West Virginia University's public affairs office sent an email this week to the entire campus community - more than 35,000 people - explaining protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those include remembering to frequently wash hands and avoiding touching blood or body fluids of sick people.

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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Revitalizing the Economy of Southern W.Va. and Studying Natural Gas

 Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the creation of SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing their Economy, Thursday. The program will send a group of senators to the southern part of the state to hear from citizens about what they can do to revitalize the area's economy.

A West Virginia transplant in Doddridge County moved here to enjoy the rural area, but soon after, saw well pads being placed within sight of her home. Now, she invites scientists, students, and even reporters to come study the health affects of the activity from her home.

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Health & Science
4:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Henry Winkler Visits with Jackson County Students About Growing Up Dyslexic

Credit Clark Davis / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The actor whose most famous part came as “The Fonz” on Happy Days just made a trip to West Virginia to talk to school children about growing up with dyslexia.

Henry Winkler was in Jackson County Thursday to discuss what he dealt with as a child with dyslexia and the books he now writes based on his life. The children’s novels are titled, “Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever.” The novels provide a comedic way of illustrating to kids to not stop trying.

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Oil and Gas Industry
3:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

‘WV Host Farms’ Offers Researchers Birdseye View of Gas Drilling

Before/After screen capture of the Mark West Plant, a major mid-stream gas processing plant that's in the middle of construction in Doddridge County.
Credit courtesy of WV Host Farms

For a couple of years now an organization that bubbled up in Doddridge County has been teaming with scientists to try to get a better handle on the impacts of horizontal drilling and the ancillary processes that support it. WV Host Farms brings together landowners, researchers, students, and news reporters to take a close look at what is locally referred to as “ground zero” of Marcellus Shale fracking.

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News
8:54 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Four Sickened While Handling Bag at Charleston Airport

Credit @yeagerairport / Twitter

  Yeager Airport has reopened following a hazardous material incident that sickened four workers.

Airport director Rick Atkinson tells media outlets that four Delta Global Services employees were exposed to an unknown substance while handling a bag in the Charleston airport's baggage area.

He says the workers experienced shortness of breath and developed what appeared to be a rash. Two drove themselves to a Charleston hospital, where they were decontaminated. The other workers were decontaminated at the airport.

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14 counties participate
12:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State to Pilot Program Aimed at Helping At-Risk Teens

WV will pilot a federal program aimed at at-risk youths.
Credit Love Krittaya, Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia is one of 10 states selected to launch a federal pilot program to keep more at-risk teenagers at home, reducing the number of children receiving services in out-of-home care facilities.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families will launch the Safe at Home West Virginia program.

The effort will provide wrap-around services and counseling to children and families around the state. The aim is the prevention of child abuse, neglect and the re-entry of children into foster care.

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CDC rankings
5:01 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

State's Immunization Efforts Receive National Honors

West Virginia is honored by the CDC for its immunization programs.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Virginia has received two national honors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its efforts to control vaccine-preventable diseases.

The CDC ranks West Virginia among the top three states in the country for having the highest number of adults immunized against the flu. 

Approximately 52% of adults in West Virginia got a flu shot in the 2013-2014 season, compared to 42% nationally.

West Virginia was also cited for being among the top five states for most improved immunization coverage of adolescents, ages 13-17.

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Both from Raleigh County
4:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Alpha Rescue Teams Win National Competition

Alpha Natural Resources' mine rescue teams won highest honors in national competition this week.

Mine rescue competition teams from Alpha Natural Resources took first and second place this week at the Nationwide Coal Mine Rescue Skills Championship held in Prosperity, Pennsylvania.

The contest included two days of simulated emergency exercises that involved smoke exploration and ventilation, firefighting, fire hose management, gas detection, air measurements, use of breathing apparatus and a written test.

Twenty four teams from across the country competed.

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Research
9:55 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Autism Brain-Study Underway at WVU

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The Center for Disease Control reports that one in 68 children in the U.S. will have autism. That number jumps to 1 in 42 if we’re just talking about boys. And the risk increases if you already a have a child with autism. In West Virginia, new research is underway to try to get at how the autistic mind ticks.

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Repeat Violators
4:21 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Number of Repeat Mine Safety Violators Down

The government says that the number of chronic safety violators among mine operators has fallen sharply in recent years.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says the number has dropped in response to reforms the agency has taken to rein in mines cited frequently for safety violations.

Prior to 2010 no mine had ever been placed on a pattern of violations, or POV status. Safety reforms aligned the POV regulatory rule, with Congress’s original intent in enacting the Mine Act.
 

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Oil & Gas
8:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Well Water Contamination Possible After Drilling Mishap

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Drilling for shale gas went wrong last week when operators accidentally drilled into one of their own wells that was engaged in production. The result is possibly contaminated drinking water from at least 12 homes.

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Health & Science
4:15 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Facility for Drug-Addicted Babies 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

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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