Health & Science

A petition being passed around West Virginia through the Change.org web site is pushing legislators to change Raw Milk laws in the state. “Consumers should have the right to eat and drink foods they believe will benefit them,” the petition reads. Not everyone agrees.

Farmer Says Sweet

Tinia Creamer is a young farmer in the Huntington area who is outspoken about the issue of milk.

Rick Haye, Marshall University Communications

A report by two health advocacy groups says West Virginia is lagging in its approach to handling infectious disease threats.

     The report released Tuesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says West Virginia met four of 10 indicators of preparedness.

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Often referred to as, ‘the greatest job in the world’, taking care of a child with special needs can be challenging for parent. Parents of children in Mercer County have formed their own support group. 

Living in rural areas often means living significant distances from medical specialists, and sometimes treatment. For example the best form of treatment for Autism is applied behavioral analysis. While there are limited specialists across the state, there is not a single specialist south of Charleston in West Virginia.

Concord Students Remember Cancer Victims

Dec 9, 2013
Brian Allen

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in West Virginia and the United States according to the latest data from the Department of Health and Human Resources.

Concord University students wanted to remember their lost loved ones this year with a ceremony.

Students gathered in front of the Carillon bells at the Athens campus.

Organizer Corey Booth wanted to host an event during lung cancer awareness month, which is November, in honor of his father’s current fight.

The life expectancy for American females is 81 years.

In West Virginia, Marshall County has the longest life expectancy for women, with 80 years, while those in McDowell deal with about 6 years shorter life span.

The life expectancy for American males is about 76 years.

Kentuckians get ready to SOAR.

A new book by photographer Builder Levy documents change in the coalfields.

A Tucker County W.Va. clock repairman marks his 90th birthday.

And the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame loses a member.

Folks in fracking country Pennsylvania work on air pollution issues.

Kentucky college students are having a blast- with some mine research.

America’s Test Kitchen has an Appalachian connection.

And we learn about the famed Fairfax Stone.

W.Va. Hunting Season Sparks Family Competition

Nov 27, 2013

Anna and Chuck Baker are just returning from their farm to check in a deer. It was Anna who bagged the did a little nine point buck.  

Listen to Anna share the story of how she killed her buck. 

 

 

A mine in Lincoln County has been put on notice of a pattern of violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration announced today that Coal River Mining LLC’s Fork Creek No. 1 Mine is a pattern violator.

A POV notice, one of the agency’s toughest enforcement actions, is reserved for the mines that pose the greatest risk to the safety of miners.

An MSHA audit revealed that the mine operator failed to report miner injuries equivalent to 239 days of lost time during the review period.

Lance McDaniel

This is the first semester Concord University has offered a Master of Social Work.

It's one of four programs Concord has developed since becoming a University in 2004.

  • Master of Education (five content specializations)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Arts in Health Promotion
  • Master of Social Work

The programs have the potential to help improve overall public health in the area.

Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The forum started with opening remarks from State Sen. John Unger (D-Berkeley) and Del. Tiffany Lawrence (D-Jefferson). Participants then watched part of the PBS film Poor Kids and a short preview of a film about child poverty in the state being produced by West Virginia PBS.

They then met in smaller groups to talk about how poverty affects children academically and socially, stereotypes associated with being poor, what resources are available in the community and what can be done to prevent families from becoming poor.

Ashton Marra

Legislators got their first look at a bill that would legalize the medicinal use of marijuana in the state during interim meetings in Charleston. A controversial proposal, lawmakers are taking their time scrutinizing the legislation before they even decide to present it to the full legislature for consideration when they convene for the 2014 Regular Session in January.

The comprehensive bill is a compilation of medical marijuana laws from multiple other states and sets forth these five provisions:

1. Creation of a Patient Registry

This is National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week, when the National Coalition for the Homeless and other advocacy organizations hope the country will focus on issues surrounding poverty. The United Way of the Eastern Panhandle is doing just that Thursday evening during a public forum.

During the forum "Poverty in the Panhandle: Children at Risk,"  the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Family Resource Network and Health and Human Services Collaborative hope to discuss the problem and come up with possible solutions.

Four West Virginia communities have been recognized by the state Department of Environmental Protection for environmental stewardship in 2013.

The DEP’s Make It Shine Program has awarded Clean Community Awards to New Cumberland, the Village of Beech Bottom, Alderson and Fayetteville.

 

Fayetteville was the grand prize winner and will receive $500 to apply toward additional cleanup/beautification projects. Fayetteville was recognized for efforts that 

ALEX EMSLIE / Special to The S.F. Examiner

In 2007, 27,444 cases of Lyme Disease were reported to the Center for Disease Control. That’s 3 people every hour, every day. And the CDC believes only 10-12 percent of Lyme Disease cases are actually being reported to them. The CDC now estimates 300,000 people per year are being infected with this illness. Many suffer with chronic symptoms for years before they discover the problem, if they discover the problem.

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Another county in Southern West Virginia is now recognized as a high drug trafficking area. Congressman Nick Rahall announced the federal label today. The title means the County is eligible to receive additional Federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts.

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Last week a violent altercation erupted between students at Morgantown High School that ended with one student in a hospital, with multiple stab wounds to the arms and chest.  A police officer in the school, known as a Prevention Resource Officer, administered emergency first aid and prevented major blood loss. Few know about the Prevention Resource Officer program and the role these officers play throughout schools in West Virginia.

'Security' to 'Prevention'

West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy

 

About half of the West Virginians who've applied for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act are eligible for government insurance programs.

Figures released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services show 7,096 West Virginians applied for health coverage through the federal government's website from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Of that total, about 3,100 were eligible for coverage either through Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

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A concert of modern dance that explores the history of the coal mining industry in Appalachia is touring Southern West Virginia. 

Two groups are working together to tell the story of the coal industry in Appalachia from the turn of the century to the 1920’s. 

Jessica Lilly

Some miners are looking for new occupations because they worry this current down swing in coal production won’t be an ordinary ‘bust’. Workforce West Virginia is reporting that more than 4,200 West Virginia coal miners have lost their jobs since March 2012. Although mining jobs were created during that same, the agency couldn't quantify the number. 

As efforts to improve West Virginia’s standing in the ranks of academic achievement continue, some parents are opting out of the public school option and homeschooling their children instead.

“‘Homeschool’ is a misnomer. We’re rarely home! It’s not like we’re sitting at home just by ourselves, looking at each other. We’re out there every day.” –Homeschool mom, Ericka Rhodes-Edwards

Healthy Moms = Healthy Babies

Nov 7, 2013
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Any substance a woman takes, whether it’s tobacco, alcohol or methamphetamine, can effect the development and structure of a fetal brain.  That’s the message today from a leading researcher of child development.

Dr. Ira Chasnoff, one of the nation’s leading researchers in the effects of maternal alcohol and drug use on newborn infants says early intervention is the key for healthy babies.

Community Care of West Virginia

Two West Virginia health centers are among 236 across the country receiving money through the Affordable Care Act.

Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave is getting a $704,167 grant and Williamson Health and Wellness Center will receive  $812,500.

A news release from the White House says the community health centers will use the money to establish new full time health care delivery sites so more people can gain access to health care.

The release calls community health centers "key partners in helping uninsured residents sign up for health coverage."

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs
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A state task force says West Virginia should require prescriptions for cold medications that contain an ingredient used illegally to make methamphetamine.
 
     The recommendation is one of several approved Wednesday by the Governor's Advisory Council on Substance Abuse.
 
     The Charleston Gazette  says the council also recommended that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin oppose any legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use.
 

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The father of one of four children killed in a West Virginia house fire says his daughter's donated organs are keeping three transplant patients alive, so she continues to bring joy to other families.

Efforts to help state veterans continue

Nov 4, 2013

The author of a study published last year on state veterans is trying to do more to help them.

Joseph Scotti has started a new organization called WHOLE Veterans. It stands for Welcome Home: Overcoming, Living, Engaging.

Scotti says it takes a lot of different people within a community to encourage veterans to reach out for help when they need assistance. He says there simply aren't enough people at the moment to deal with absolutely every veteran who needs care.

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Hundreds of coal miners are expected to lose their jobs in West Virginia this month. The federal government announced yesterday that the State was given a nearly two million dollar emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The federal dollars will provide retraining and reemployment services to dislocated coal miners and their families.

Pills, Drugs, Prescriptions, prescription drugs
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An industry trade group has launched a campaign in West Virginia opposing legislation that would require prescriptions for medications containing pseudoephedrine.
 
     Pseudoephedrine is also used illegally to make methamphetamine.
 
     The Consumer Healthcare Products Association began running ads this week on Charleston-area news websites. The group also has set up a website called Stop Meth, Not Meds, a Facebook page and a Twitter account.
 

Coal Stock Pile
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A study released Wednesday says minable coal will run out much sooner than expected. The report comes from an environmental organization and the author claims it’s science based and not politically driven.

The report is published by Clean Energy Action, Colorado based environmental organization that works to push the transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources.  

Black lung is a deadly disease caused by exposure to dust underground.
Department of Labor

A widow is battling for black lung benefits of her dead husband.  Mary Fox filed an appeal on behalf of her late husband Gary Fox last year. Testimony before a federal appeals court began today in Virginia.

The hearing comes the same day stories from a yearlong investigation by the Center for Public Integrity revealed lawyers with the Jackson Kelly law firm submitted only favorable evidence in court.

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