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Paxlovid can lessen the chance of a severe COVID-19 illness. Why is it underused?

Paxlovid can lessen the chance of a severe COVID-19 illness. Why is it underused?

The pills' high price and doctors' hesitation to prescribe them are creating obstacles to getting the drug to everyone who would benefit.

Deadly decade-long listeria outbreak linked to cotija and queso fresco from a California business

Deadly decade-long listeria outbreak linked to cotija and queso fresco from a California business

A California cheese and dairy company is the source of a decade-long outbreak of listeria food poisoning that killed two people and sickened more than two dozen.

The reasons behind long primary care appointment wait times

The reasons behind long primary care appointment wait times

Dr. Li Li and Dr. Brian Halstater from UVA Family Medicine say the past few months have been one big game of catch-up. 

Lupus and other autoimmune diseases strike far more women than men. Now there's a clue why

Lupus and other autoimmune diseases strike far more women than men. Now there's a clue why

Women are far more likely than men to get autoimmune diseases, illnesses like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis that occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks their own bodies.

Wastewater tests can find mpox, study finds. Expect more bugs to be tracked that way

Wastewater tests can find mpox, study finds. Expect more bugs to be tracked that way

New research bolsters a push to use sewage to track more diseases in the U.S.

New Pilates studio opening in Crozet

New Pilates studio opening in Crozet

A new Pilates studio is set to open next month in Crozet. The studio, called MTHD 434, is located on Three Notch'd Road.

UVA researchers get closer to finding cure for HIV

UVA researchers get closer to finding cure for HIV

Infectious disease researchers at UVA Health have taken a big step in finding a cure for HIV. Dr. Patrick Jackson said HIV doesn't spread as easily as one might think.

BRHD helping families prep their homes to keep infants safe

BRHD helping families prep their homes to keep infants safe

The Blue Ridge Health District is hoping to change that by offering child-proofing and CPR classes.

Rehab center opens at Martha Jefferson House

Rehab center opens at Martha Jefferson House

Brookwood Health and Wellness kicked off outpatient treatment with a ribbon cutting from the Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Red Cross pleading for blood donations

Red Cross pleading for blood donations

The Red Cross is seeing the lowest turnout of blood donors in more than 20 years and it's making a plea for donations.

Florida can import prescription drugs from Canada, U.S. regulators say

Florida can import prescription drugs from Canada, U.S. regulators say

It's the first time any U.S. state has used the approach and follows years of frustration with U.S. drug prices.

Flu and COVID infections got worse over the holidays, with more misery expected, CDC says

Flu and COVID infections got worse over the holidays, with more misery expected, CDC says

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse with 38 states reporting high or very high levels for respiratory illnesses. That's up from 31 states the week before.

Charlottesville Free Clinic reacts to insulin cap

Charlottesville Free Clinic reacts to insulin cap

Many Americans with diabetes will pay just $35 for their insulin this year if they have Medicare. But, that leaves out the millions of Americans with diabetes who don't have Medicare coverage.

U.S. women are stocking up on abortion pills, especially when there is news about restrictions

U.S. women are stocking up on abortion pills, especially when there is news about restrictions

Thousands of women stocked up on abortion pills just in case they needed them, new research shows, with demand peaking in the past couple of years at times when it looked like the medications might become harder to get.

New weight loss drugs are out of reach for millions of older Americans because Medicare won't pay

New weight loss drugs are out of reach for millions of older Americans because Medicare won't pay

Obesity drugs like Wegovy and Zepbound are capturing the attention of celebrities and showing promising results in helping people shed pounds.

After recalls and infections, experts say safer eyedrops will require new FDA powers

After recalls and infections, experts say safer eyedrops will require new FDA powers

Repeated recalls of eyedrops are drawing new attention to the limited powers U.S. regulators have to oversee medical products made overseas.

Flu and COVID infections are rising and could get worse over the holidays, CDC says

Flu and COVID infections are rising and could get worse over the holidays, CDC says

U.S. health officials say flu and COVID-19 infections are expected to ramp up in the coming weeks. They say the increases will be fueled by holiday gatherings, low rates of vaccinations and the latest version of the coronavirus.

For years, he couldn't donate at the blood center where he worked. Under new FDA rules, now he can

For years, he couldn't donate at the blood center where he worked. Under new FDA rules, now he can

New federal guidelines that dropped an abstinence requirement before gay men in monogamous relationships can give blood are opening a new pool of potential donors.

Health officials push to get schoolchildren vaccinated as more U.S. parents opt out

Health officials push to get schoolchildren vaccinated as more U.S. parents opt out

Parents are opting out of school vaccinations at the highest rate ever.

Latest hospital ratings include both area facilities

Latest hospital ratings include both area facilities

Both the University of Virginia Health System and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital received high-performing ratings in several areas.

Grant supporting expanding telehealth access in southern Albemarle

Grant supporting expanding telehealth access in southern Albemarle

The University of Virginia Health System has been selected as one of 13 recipients of a 2023 Telehealth Equity Catalyst Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges.

Program designed to help Fluvanna residents in an emergency

Program designed to help Fluvanna residents in an emergency

A Lake Monticello group has created a way to assure that rescue personnel can quickly help injured or sick people who are locked in their homes at the Lake and in Fluvanna County.

Time to prepare to help loved ones with Alzheimer's during holidays

Time to prepare to help loved ones with Alzheimer's during holidays

The holidays can be a very stressful time for families, especially for those who have loved ones with memory conditions like Alzheimer's.

Two gene therapies for sickle cell disease approved in U.S.

Two gene therapies for sickle cell disease approved in U.S.

One treatment is the first based on CRISPR, the gene editing tool that won its inventors the Nobel Prize in 2020.

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.