Health & Science

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

Credit Wikimedia Commons

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

Credit RayNata / wikimedia

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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3:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

West Virginia Native, Renowned Cancer Scientist, Speaking At WVU

Dr. Lewis Cantley, renowned cancer researcher, will speak at WVU Monday, Sept. 8.
Credit Jean Snedegar

Internationally renowned cancer scientist Lewis Cantley, a West Virginia native,  will deliver the 2014 Laurence and Jean DeLynn Lecture at West Virginia University Monday.

Cantley grew up in Big Chimney in Kanawha County, graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan and then went on to Harvard.

The biochemist discovered a family of enzymes fundamental to understanding cancer biology.

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Health & Science
11:09 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Tipping The Scale Again, West Virginia Is The Most Obese State

Report on obesity warns this generation of children will die sooner than their parents if rates are not brought down.
Credit wikimedia commons

According to the latest data, West Virginia's adult obesity rate is tied with Mississippi for the highest in the country at 35.1%.  Colorado has the lowest rate at 21.3 percent.

The annual report is produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health.

In addition to being the most obese state, West Virginia is also the state with the highest percentage of people who do not exercise.

Among high schoolers,  West Virginia ranks sixth, with 13 percent of those students obese.

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Health & Science
4:42 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Medical Tests Now Available in W.Va. C8 Case

Credit Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Mid-Ohio Valley residents exposed to a chemical used by a DuPont plant in West Virginia can now apply for free medical monitoring.

An attorney for Parkersburg-area plaintiffs, Harry Deitzler, says residents can apply for a free blood test and free medical screening to uncover diseases linked to the chemical C8.

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Admits 100 drug deals
3:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Mail Carrier Gets Probation For Selling Suboxone on the Job

A Greenbrier County mail carrier gets probation for selling a narcotic on the job.
Credit RayNata / wikimedia

A former mail carrier will spend three years on probation for making drug deals while on the job.

Jack Edwin McCoy also must perform community service and spend four months on home confinement.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced McCoy's sentence in a news release Wednesday.

The 30-year-old White Sulphur Springs resident had pleaded guilty in May to using a telephone in or near Lewisburg to set up a drug transaction.

Goodwin says McCoy then distributed a narcotic drug in Ronceverte to a person who was working with authorities.

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Domestic Violence
10:11 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

"You Can Not Kill Me" - Boxing Champion Christy Salters-Martin Shares Her Story of Survival

Thirty West Virginians were killed as a result of domestic violence in just a year’s time during the last reporting period, between October 2012 and September 2013. It’s situation that Wyoming County native Christy Salters Martin is all too familiar with.

The six-time World Boxing Council Champion found herself fighting for her life after her former husband and manager tried to kill her. The former boxer is now sharing her story with the hopes of helping other victims.

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Chemical Spill
4:18 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

West Virginia to Study Elk River Fish Life After Chemical Spill

Credit AP

  The state will survey fish life in the Elk River after a massive chemical spill polluted the waterway in January.

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Fish Health Laboratory in Leetown will aid the state Division of Natural Resources in the project next week.

The Freedom Industries spill contaminated the drinking water supply for 300,000 people for days.

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Health & Science
9:46 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Two Viruses Found in Cabell County Mosquito Pools

Credit Alvesgaspar / wikimedia Commons

  Health officials say pools of mosquitoes in Cabell County have tested positive for two viruses.

Stan Mills of the Cabell-Huntington Health Department says no illnesses have been reported from the positive tests for the West Nile and La Crosse viruses.

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2:53 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

City Council to Hear Morgantown Truck Traffic Proposal

Recent photo of heavy trucks traveling through downtown Morgantown.
Credit Safe Streets Morgantown /

Morgantown City Council will meet to discuss amending traffic code to address heavy trucks traveling through the downtown business district.

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Health & Science
2:03 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

CDC: W.Va. Bureau for Public Health Was Untrained for Freedom Chemical Spill

Credit AP

  A federal report says West Virginia public health officials weren't trained to respond to a January chemical spill along the Elk River.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the state Bureau for Public Health had no epidemiologists trained specifically to deal with chemical or natural disasters. Instead, those who focus on infectious diseases led the bureau's response to the spill Jan. 9 spill at Freedom Industries.

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