Virginia’s rising syphilis cases are another bellwether of a strained public health system

April 25, 2022

By Kate Masters (VM) – For more than two years, COVID-19 has largely monopolized the time and resources of local health departments across Virginia. But as the virus moves into an uneasy plateau, health officials are turning their attention to another infectious disease with alarming rates of growth. Since at least 2016, cases of syphilis — […]

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Tiny micro-plastics huge environmental problem for rivers, ocean, researchers say

April 18, 2022

This tray has a half-life in water of at least two years. The plastic bag, exposed to sunlight, has a half-life of more than five years. (Photo by Lisa Sorg) By Lisa Sorg (VM) – If the plastic food container that contained your lunch today winds up in a river, a local creek, or the […]

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Recreational marijuana still isn’t legal in Virginia and medical patients face access challenges

April 4, 2022

By Kate Masters (VM) – While recreational marijuana is technically legal in Virginia, the path to purchasing it in stores is still a long way off. In February, Republicans in the House of Delegates killed legislation that would have allowed limited retail sales later this year. The state’s recreational market is scheduled to begin in 2024, but with […]

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Overcoming the mental and physical effects of coronavirus

March 7, 2022

By Darryl Sellers (CMRIgnite) – Holding back tears, Morrell Staten shared his poignant story about his and his wife’s COVID-19 journeys last year, speaking in late 2021 at the Cobb Institute-We Can Do This/Stay Well Community Health Fair at Cass Tech High School in Detroit. Staten and his wife both tested positive for the virus […]

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Bon Secours Seeks Input from RVA Residents for Health Needs Assessment

December 13, 2021

Bon Secours Richmond is conducting a community health needs assessment (CHNA) survey of residents within the immediate and surrounding areas of its community hospitals: Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Henrico, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Hanover, Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital in Richmond, and Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in Chesterfield, […]

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Project seeks to improve access, services around Alzheimer’s for Richmond-area older adults with $1.2 million grant

December 10, 2021

With new federal funding, a team of faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University is leading a project to address health disparities by improving access to care and risk reduction services around Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias for low-income older adults in the Richmond area. The VCU Richmond Brain Health Collaborative has received a new three-year, $1.2 […]

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Virginia health districts are ready to vaccinate children 5-11

November 18, 2021

By Maria Paula Since the introduction of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccination two weeks ago in Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD), approximately 200, 7.2% children from Henrico and 1000, 6.8%, children from Richmond havereceived their first doses of the vaccine. Children aged 5-11 years old and adults seeking their introductory and booster COVID-19immunizations, respectively, are […]

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World’s largest study of genetic risk factors for depression will enroll 20k

November 9, 2021

A team of researchers, including several at VCU, will lead the largest population study of its kind aimed at learning more about the genetic variations that affect individuals’ risk for depression. (Getty Images) A team of researchers will lead the largest population study of its kind aimed at learning more about the genetic variations that […]

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Drug Take Back Day planned in Virginia

October 18, 2021

By Maria- Paula  Another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is quickly approaching on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm. The event which aligns with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) mission, will roll out at several location across the state, including seven HCA hospitals, including Chippenham, Henrico Doctors’, John Randolph, Johnston-Willis, Parham Doctors’, Retreat Doctors’, and Spotsylvania Regional […]

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Pregnant individuals experiencing depression will have access to mindfulness activities through study

October 11, 2021

A new clinical trial at Virginia Commonwealth University aims to study the impact of mindfulness activities and social connectedness on people who are experiencing depression while pregnant. If effective, the low-cost intervention could be replicated in other communities. Funded in May by a nearly $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health and […]

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