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UVA researchers find a holistic way to help with anxiety and depression

UVA researchers find a holistic way to help with anxiety and depression

Those who struggle with mental health may have a new holistic approach to curing anxiety and depression.

Louisa County health departments moving into one building

Louisa County health departments moving into one building

The Blue Ridge Health District says the two health departments will be merging into one building on Woolfolk Avenue, beginning Dec. 1.

Pharmacy in Nellysford brings missing care to Nelson County

Pharmacy in Nellysford brings missing care to Nelson County

UVA Health opened its ninth community pharmacy, called UVA Health Pharmacy Stoney Creek, in Nellysford on Monday.

Fraud alert for VA benefits associated with toxic chemical exposure

Fraud alert for VA benefits associated with toxic chemical exposure

AARP Virginia says scammers are playing off the expansion of veteran benefits associated with the PACT Act.

RSV is straining some hospitals, and U.S. officials are releasing more shots for newborns

RSV is straining some hospitals, and U.S. officials are releasing more shots for newborns

RSV infections are rising sharply in some parts of the country, nearly filling hospital emergency departments in Georgia, Texas and some other states.

The flu is soaring in seven U.S. states and rising in others, health officials say

The flu is soaring in seven U.S. states and rising in others, health officials say

New flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows flu is steadily rising. The winter flu season traditionally ramps up in December or January.

Marking 25 years of pet therapy helping patients and staff

Marking 25 years of pet therapy helping patients and staff

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is commemorating the pet therapy program’s milestone, reflecting on its longevity and underscoring its impact.

The Biden administration is slow to act as millions are booted off Medicaid, advocates say

The Biden administration is slow to act as millions are booted off Medicaid, advocates say

Error-ridden state reviews have purged millions of the poorest Americans from the Medicaid program in recent months.

Boil water advisory issued for part of Greene County

Boil water advisory issued for part of Greene County

Some Greene County residents are now under a boil water advisory. This notice affects consumers of the Mountain Lakes Water Company.

Virginia-specific health insurance marketplace launches

Virginia-specific health insurance marketplace launches

Virginians now have a new dedicated marketplace to find affordable health insurance plans.

Syphilis cases in U.S. newborns skyrocketed in 2022. Health officials suggest more testing

Syphilis cases in U.S. newborns skyrocketed in 2022. Health officials suggest more testing

Rising syphilis cases have health officials calling for new measures to stop the increase, including encouraging millions of sexually active women of childbearing age and their partners to get tested.

Mind-altering ketamine becomes new pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

Mind-altering ketamine becomes new pain treatment, despite little research or regulation

The decades-old surgical drug ketamine has found a new use — as an alternative to opioids for patients with chronic pain.

Vaping by high school students dropped this year, says U.S. report

Vaping by high school students dropped this year, says U.S. report

About 10% of high school students said they had used electronic cigarettes in the previous month. That's down from 14% from the same survey conducted last year.

Ongoing partnership targets youth vaping

Ongoing partnership targets youth vaping

The Orange County Office on Youth has support from a multi-year grant to work with Orange County Public Schools.

Icarus Medical Innovations looking for patients in new trial

Icarus Medical Innovations looking for patients in new trial

Icarus specializes in making custom, state-of-the-art knee braces to help people get back to normalcy quicker.

Eyedrops from CVS, Rite Aid and others carry possible infection risk, FDA says

Eyedrops from CVS, Rite Aid and others carry possible infection risk, FDA says

U.S. health regulators are warning consumers not to use more than two dozen varieties of over-the-counter eyedrops due to the risk of infections that could lead to blindness.

UVA Health Orthopedics recognized on national level

UVA Health Orthopedics recognized on national level

Becker’s Hospital Review recently released its 2023 list of 100 hospitals and health systems with great orthopedic programs.

Suicides up in Albemarle County, resources available

Suicides up in Albemarle County, resources available

Albemarle County has seen a 19 percent increase in the number of people who have died by suicide in the last year. Nationally, suicides are up 80 percent.

Raising awareness to help prevent suicide

Raising awareness to help prevent suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and officials are raising concerns about an increase in the number of suicides in the last year.

Research shows increase in colon cancer rates among younger people

Research shows increase in colon cancer rates among younger people

A national poll released this week explored the reasons why 45-year-olds aren't getting screened for colorectal cancer despite national guidelines recommending that screening begin at this age.

Event focuses on dementia and Alzheimer's care presentation

Event focuses on dementia and Alzheimer's care presentation

The Hospice of the Piedmont and the Alzheimer's Association came together for the 'Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior' presentation on Thursday.

Study looking at using focused ultrasound to help people battling cocaine addiction

Study looking at using focused ultrasound to help people battling cocaine addiction

Scientists are launching a clinical trial to test low-intensity focused ultrasound to see if it can reprogram a part of the brain and reduce the desire for cocaine.

Mobile mammography unit coming to Stanardsville

Mobile mammography unit coming to Stanardsville

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and Sentara RMH Medical Center are teaming up with the Greene Care Clinic and the Greene County government for the effort.

Doctors say students should get vaccines before returning to school

Doctors say students should get vaccines before returning to school

It’s almost that time of year where students will start preparing to go back to class, but doctors are saying they should prepare their immune systems as well.

How to beat the heat with tips from ACFR

How to beat the heat with tips from ACFR

This weekend, the heat index will reach as high as 106 degrees. The Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue expects to see multiple heat-related emergencies over the next few days.