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Friday 05/01/2015
VTC awards its first named scholarships
Posted: May 01, 2015 - 9:59 am

The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine on Friday announced it has awarded its first named scholarships that were created by three couples who were founding donors to the school.

Wednesday 04/22/2015
Cancer incidents will grow along with an aging Virginia
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 11:39 am

Demographers expect the percentage of Virginians with cancer will increase significantly as both the number of people living in the commonwealth grows and ages.

Tuesday 04/21/2015
More children take meds rather than therapy for ADHD
Posted: April 21, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Do parents and professionals rely too much on medication alone to treat children with ADHD?

Thursday 04/16/2015
How can care be improved for dementia patients?
Posted: April 16, 2015 - 9:51 am

Within the next decade, the number of Virginians with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia is expected to rise to nearly 200,000. Dementia diminishes the lives not only of its victims but those of their family members.

Thursday 02/05/2015
After 50 years, Roanoke doctor eyes early retirement
Posted: February 05, 2015 - 11:45 am

If there is such a thing as taking early retirement at the age of 82, Dr. Ken Tuck has done it.

Tuesday 01/27/2015
U.S. surgeon general checks the pulse of Roanoke area
Posted: January 27, 2015 - 6:35 pm

America’s doctor made a house call to Roanoke on Tuesday.

Friday 01/23/2015
Luna's departure allows research complex to serve new neighbors
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 6:06 pm

The only high-tech business that occupies Riverside Center, a complex once envisioned as a biomedical research park for Roanoke, is moving its headquarters to a new location.

As flu cases ease, so does Carilion's visitation policy
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 6:09 pm

As the fever seems to be breaking on a regional flu outbreak, Carilion Clinic is lifting visitor restrictions at its seven hospitals in Southwest Virginia.

This tax season, health care in the mix
Posted: January 23, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Of death, taxes and health insurance, only the third can be avoided.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Obamacare enrollment tops 300,000 in Virginia
Posted: January 21, 2015 - 4:44 pm

With nearly a month of enrollment remaining, Virginia has already surpassed last year’s number of people obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday 01/11/2015
Some Roanoke-area employers face insurance mandate
Posted: January 11, 2015 - 12:00 am

For years, Jeanette Lynch’s two jobs — restaurant cashier by day, house cleaner by evening — produced paychecks too meager to cover the cost of health insurance.

Friday 01/09/2015
Roanoke-area schools to pitch health care careers
Posted: January 09, 2015 - 1:09 pm

For those interested in launching a career in health care, several Roanoke-area schools are holding an informational program.

Wednesday 12/31/2014
Flu reaches widespread levels in Southwest Virginia
Updated: December 31, 2014 - 5:49 pm

For those coughing, sneezing and suffering Southwest Virginians, today is the first day of a flu year.

Tuesday 12/30/2014
Carilion faces funding cuts for too many patient complications
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Carilion Clinic is losing $1.5 million in federal Medicare payments this fiscal year as part of a government-imposed penalty for having too many patients develop infections and other conditions that could have been avoided.

Virginia insurance enrollment nears 165,000
Posted: December 30, 2014 - 11:29 am

Nearly 165,000 people in Virginia signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act during the first month of enrollment, according to figures released Tuesday by the federal government.

Monday 12/29/2014
Lawsuit moves forward in Roanoke broadcaster Seth Williamson's death
Posted: December 29, 2014 - 9:45 pm

A judge has declined to dismiss a lawsuit claiming that a Roanoke public radio personality died from an overdose of painkillers administered by a faulty medication pump.

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Carilion gets 5 more years to make plans for Riverside Center site
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 8:00 pm

The future of a prime piece of real estate that sits near the middle of the Riverside Center medical complex in Roanoke remains in limbo, five years after it was the subject of a heated property rights dispute.

Tuesday 12/16/2014
$736,000 in smoking-prevention grants come to Roanoke, New River areas
Posted: December 16, 2014 - 8:31 pm

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has awarded more than $9 million in grants aimed at preventing tobacco use among young people across the state.

Thursday 12/11/2014
Salem VA seeks to eradicate possible source of Legionnaires' disease
Posted: December 11, 2014 - 6:00 pm

High levels of chlorine will soon be pumped through the water pipes of six buildings at the veteran’s hospital in Salem, a process intended to kill a form of bacteria that may have caused a patient to become ill with Legionnaires’ disease.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Legionella bacterium detected in water at Salem VA hospital
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 10:15 pm

A form of bacteria associated with Legionnaires’ disease has been detected in the water system at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, and one patient has become ill.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Roanoke doctor gets probation for illegal painkiller prescriptions
Posted: December 09, 2014 - 9:00 pm

A Roanoke physician who became addicted to painkillers admitted Tuesday that he obtained them illegally to support his own habit.

Monday 12/08/2014
McAuliffe pitches Obamacare insurance during Roanoke visit
Posted: December 08, 2014 - 8:30 pm

With a Dec. 15 deadline fast approaching, Gov. Terry McAuliffe swung through Roanoke on Monday on a push to encourage people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday 12/07/2014
Roanoke County nursing home gets fourth inspection this year
Posted: December 07, 2014 - 2:05 pm

For the fourth time this year, state officials are investigating a Roanoke County nursing home that has already been cited for 45 deficiencies — the most for any such facility in Virginia.

Monday 12/01/2014
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski gets new CEO
Posted: December 01, 2014 - 7:24 pm

A new leader has taken over at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski.

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Methadone clinic in Roanoke makes amends with state regulators
Posted: November 26, 2014 - 2:45 pm

A methadone clinic in Roanoke, which was cited earlier this year for 19 violations of state standards, is back in good standing with regulators.

Monday 11/17/2014
Free workshops offered for insurance sign-ups in the Roanoke Valley
Posted: November 17, 2014 - 3:21 pm

If you’re looking for help finding health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the answers could be at your local library.

Friday 11/14/2014
Open enrollment, take two, begins for Affordable Care Act
Posted: November 14, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The second year of open enrollment for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act kicks off today, and it’s a fair bet that some things will be different from last year’s launch.

Thursday 11/13/2014
Roanoke-area hospitals get high marks from accrediting group
Posted: November 13, 2014 - 7:30 pm

The Roanoke Valley’s two major hospitals have received top ratings from The Joint Commission, an independent organization that accredits the nation’s hospitals.

Monday 11/03/2014
Doctors at Roanoke hospital using new heart monitoring device
Posted: November 03, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Doctors at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital have begun using a new wireless sensor that is implanted in the pulmonary artery to better monitor the condition of heart failure patients.

Friday 10/31/2014
Frank Beamer's endorsements for LewisGale throw Carilion off
Posted: October 31, 2014 - 10:45 pm

The competition between Southwest Virginia’s two major health care systems can be as fierce as what you see on a college football field.

Thursday 10/30/2014
Carilion Clinic donates building to Child Health Investment Partnership
Posted: October 30, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Carilion Clinic has donated a Roanoke building that it had been leasing to a nonprofit organization that coordinates health care and family support for low-income children.

Wednesday 10/29/2014
What do the latest hospital ratings really mean?
Posted: October 29, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Carilion Clinc’s flagship hospital got a C, while the one run by LewisGale scored an A.

Tuesday 10/28/2014
Ebola seminar seeks to tamp down public fear in Southwest Va.
Posted: October 28, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Of the 53 Virginians selected by public health officials for monitoring under the state’s new Ebola response plan, none is from Southwest Virginia.

Monday 10/27/2014
Carilion names new chief medical officer
Posted: October 27, 2014 - 4:27 pm

After conducting a national search, Carilion Clinc has selected an internal candidate to be its next chief medical officer.

Friday 10/24/2014
Carilion Clinic acquires urology practice in Christiansburg
Posted: October 24, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Carilion Clinic has acquired a urology practice in Christiansburg.

Roanoke doctor's license revoked over improper prescriptions
Updated: October 24, 2014 - 11:42 am

State regulators have revoked the license of a Roanoke physician, finding that he improperly prescribed painkillers and other drugs to a patient he was dating.

Wednesday 10/22/2014
Rep. Griffith hosts Blacksburg forum to improve health care
Posted: October 22, 2014 - 5:33 pm

BLACKSBURG — Two members of Congress brainstormed Wednesday with a dozen medical minds on finding cures — both for sick patients and the sometimes broken health care system that treats them.

Tuesday 10/21/2014
Virginia Western to host public seminar on Ebola
Posted: October 21, 2014 - 10:10 am

Health officials in Southwest Virginia will hold a public seminar next week on the Ebola virus.

Thursday 10/16/2014
Roanoke hospital gets practice in Ebola-like precautions
Posted: October 16, 2014 - 10:30 pm

In these days of heightened Ebola anxiety, doctors and nurses at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital recently went through a real-life training exercise.

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Sen. Mark Warner praises Salem VA
Posted: October 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

After touring the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem on Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner told reporters that he was “angry and dismayed” at the delays veterans often experience before getting their government-provided health care.

VTC Research Institute to study use of social media in addiction recovery
Posted: October 15, 2014 - 6:30 pm

A scientist at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has received a $1.7 million federal grant to study how the use of social media might help people overcome their addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Saturday 10/11/2014
Southwest Virginia hospitals feel pinch from Medicare readmission penalties
Posted: October 11, 2014 - 11:45 pm

Eight hospitals from Roanoke to Tazewell County will see their Medicare payments docked this fiscal year under a federal program that penalizes hospitals for having too many readmissions of certain patients.

Thursday 10/09/2014
Former Roanoke County nursing home aide cited over abuse of resident
Posted: October 09, 2014 - 2:19 pm

The Virginia Board of Nursing has revoked the license of a certified nurse aide after finding that she abused a resident of a Roanoke County nursing home.

Monday 10/06/2014
Smooch in Roanoke demonstrates low chance of spreading Ebola
Posted: October 06, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Just back from volunteering in Ebola-stricken West Africa, a Roanoke physician kissed a public health official at a news conference Monday to show how very unlikely it would be to get the disease in Southwest Virginia.

Saturday 10/04/2014
New DEA rules place more restrictions on popular painkillers
Posted: October 04, 2014 - 11:45 pm

To make it harder to get certain prescription drugs illegally, the government is making it harder to get them legally.

Friday 09/26/2014
Anthem health insurance offers live video visits with doctors
Posted: September 26, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is teaming with a telehealth company to offer live video visits with doctors.

Thursday 09/25/2014
IRS records show salaries of Carilion's highest-paid executives
Posted: September 25, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Carilion Clinic spent $5.8 million to compensate its 11 highest-paid executives and another $3 million on their retirement benefits, documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service for the most recent fiscal year show.

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Roanoke doctor files latest Ebola update from Sierra Leone
Posted: September 24, 2014 - 11:51 am

In Sierra Leone, which recently declared a three-day shutdown in an effort to contain the deadly Ebola virus, a physician from Roanoke is helping in those efforts.

Monday 09/15/2014
At Salem VA meeting, veterans question cutback in prescription painkillers
Posted: September 15, 2014 - 8:47 pm

A crowd of about 100 veterans filled an auditorium Monday night to raise pointed questions about their government-provided health care, including a reduction in prescription painkillers that has been blamed for a veteran’s suicide in front of his doctor’s office.

Dispatches from Africa: Carilion doctor sends word on fight against Ebola
Posted: September 15, 2014 - 12:22 pm

A Carilion Clinic physician has sent his second dispatch from Sierra Leone, where he is working to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

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