Health & Science

People who have been affected by cuts to West Virginia's Medicaid Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities waiver program may join a lawsuit against the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by Mountain State Justice on behalf of five disabled residents over the cuts.

The program provides disabled Medicaid recipients in West Virginia money for in-home services and community-based programs.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch holds up an EpiPen while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Even the federal government is apparently paying too much for EpiPens, along with angry patients and insurers.

The skyrocketing price of the life-saving allergy shot, which has triggered a storm of criticism, is only part of the problem. Now the federal government, responding to Congressional inquiries, says Medicaid has for years been paying too much for EpiPens because the emergency shot is classified incorrectly as a generic medicine.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Pennsylvania's natural gas is a hot commodity in energy hungry markets throughout the Northeast. But there's some concern that the radioactivity common in the state's shale deposits could be making its way into the gas--and into people's homes as radon. The Allegheny Front's Julie Grant has more.

Freedom Industries
AP

A board of federal investigators is releasing its findings about a chemical spill into the water supply of 300,000 people in West Virginia almost three years ago.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board will discuss the results of its investigation into the Freedom Industries spill Wednesday evening. The group's public meeting will take place at the Four Points by Sheraton in Charleston.

Flood
Steve Helber / AP Photo

Several more meetings are coming up to help homeowners get grants to reduce risks during future disasters in flood-ravaged areas.

Heroin
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A West Virginia city is teaming up police, schools, prosecutors, and community and faith-based groups for a first-of-its-kind approach to address drug abuse.

The Martinsburg Police Department and Berkeley County Schools announced The Martinsburg Initiative at Winchester Avenue Elementary on Monday.

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch holds up an EpiPen while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, before the House Oversight Committee hearing on EpiPen price increases.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Mylan CEO Heather Bresch infuriated lawmakers as she tried to explain steep cost increases of her company’s life-saving EpiPens.

Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled Bresch about the emergency allergy shot’s sky-high price and the profits for a company with sales in excess of $11 billion.

WVU Receives $1.8M for Kids’ Clinical Trials

Sep 21, 2016

The National Institutes of Health awarded West Virginia University a $1.8 million grant. According to a WVU news release, the grant will assist in building a pediatric clinical trials network across the state. 

 

WVU will partner with hospitals, medical practices and pediatric health programs across the state to make treatments available to severely ill children who live in rural communities. 

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U.S. attorney General Loretta Lynch is traveling to Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Sept. 20, as part of Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.

According to a news release, Lynch plans on holding a student town hall at a high school, meeting with parents who have lost children to heroin overdose, and speaking at the University of Kentucky on how the administration is addressing addiction through prevention, enforcement and treatment.

Little Blue Run Coal Ash Impoundment
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The U.S. Senate passed a bill today to address water infrastructure challenges. It also incorporates provisions that affect coal ash regulations.


Alexandra Kanik / Ohio Valley ReSource

Researchers in West Virginia and Kansas want to get a better handle on how best to manage millions of barrels of dangerous wastewater produced across the United States by the natural gas industry.

Aaron Payne / Ohio Valley ReSource

It’s not just about notebooks and pencil boxes anymore: the opioid epidemic means back-to-school supplies now include things like emergency overdose treatments and drug prevention plans.

Image: Hu et al, Environmental Science & Technology Letters

A study released this week highlights how 6 million Americans are living with drinking water that’s laced with toxic chemicals. Coupled with that report - another study that shows how those chemicals suppress the immune system - especially among children.


Oxycodone
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The model for a sculpture being created in a cross-dicipline project at West Virginia University.
Aaliyah Brown / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

For most college students, summer is the time to go home and relax from a year of hard work. But some students stayed in Morgantown to work on a unique project that brings the sciences and arts together.

Jessica Hoover created the Community Engaging in Science through Art program, also known as CESTA. She’s an assistant professor of chemistry at West Virginia University. Hoover came up with the idea to bring together students from the arts and sciences to create an installation that will live outside WVU’s Evansdale Campus Library, in Morgantown.

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A West Virginia-based NASA analyst with expertise in software has contributed to the Juno spacecraft's five-year, 1.8 billion-mile trip to Jupiter.

The solar-powered spacecraft entered Jupiter's orbit Monday, last leg of a $1.1 billion mission to gather scientific data and photograph the giant planet.

Elk River Chemical spill
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Federal government scientists have released a final update of their study of the January 2014 chemical spill that temporarily fouled the drinking water supplies of 300,000 Charleston-area residents, reporting no significant new findings.

DuPont's Washington Works
Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Jurors awarded an additional $500,000 to the plaintiff in a case against the chemical company DuPont.

Dave Mistich / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Catastrophic floods ravaged southern West Virginia on June 23rd, 2016. As people look to the future, many are debating the role of climate change.

Lots of people who grew up and live in southern West Virginia insist flooding has never been as bad as it is today. Not everyone agrees why. It's likely a combination of forces at work, but how much of a role is climate change playing?

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