News on the research front:
The local Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing held its first rod-building session and landed big publicity. Bob Crawshaw, deputy regional coordinator for the Virginia region reported the session mer...
The hot topic under discussion by lawmakers could make many Virginians eyes glaze over, but the end result could affect both access to health care and the cost of it.
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When Joshua Leonard was a young boy, his mother started a school for children with autism after she was unable to find existing services that could help him learn and develop.
When early adolescence strikes, the sweet, lovable child who shared your home may morph into a moody alien who sleeps oddly, eats weirdly, loses control of his emotions, challenges you (when he ack...
Anthony LaConte knows the drill as he walks into a room deep inside the corridors of the Virginia Tech-Carilion Research Institute.
You’re a desperately sick kid who’s checking into the hospital. You’re stripped of everything but the shirt on your back. If that shirt’s a hoodie, the strings are snipped.
Dr. Wayne Gandee, who retired in 2014 as chief medical officer and president of Carilion Clinic Physicians, died Thursday of pancreatic cancer.
Patients looking to select a home health care agency can now see what others think of the caregivers through the federal government’s star ranking system.
Dr. Jeri Lantz was attending an American College of Physicians meeting a few years ago when one of the organization’s 143,000 members was commended for his community service.
Virginians who need to purchase health insurance through the government exchange must do so by Jan. 31. Though the snowstorm has prompted the cancellation of events scheduled to help people navigat...
Carilion Clinic on Monday will open its new Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences to further its goal of not just keeping local patients from seeking advanced care elsewhere but attracting p...
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In advance of merger filings, executives at far Southwest Virginia’s dominant hospital systems said they are “absolutely committed” to improving the health of people in the Appalachian communities ...
The General Assembly’s money committee on Thursday will hear exactly what mental health advocates think about the plan to close two of the state’s psychiatric hospitals.
LewisGale Medical Center prescribes creating a stand-alone emergency department near Tanglewood Mall to treat overcrowding at its Salem hospital emergency room.
Deborah Waller was recuperating from kidney transplant surgery at the University of Virginia Health System when her brother Kevin Johnson got the call. How soon could he get there for his own kidney?
My colleague Tiffany Holland has a wonderful story of a life-saving gift that came just in time.
LewisGale Medical Center in January will begin offering 3-D mammography at its Salem breast center that will allow radiologists to thumb through layers of breast tissue images rather than the two f...
Does government regulation of hospitals protect or harm patients?
If misery indeed loves company, take heart. You are not alone. Stomach bugs really are on the uptick.
Starting this fall, select students can earn their MD and MBA at the same time through a program developed by Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.
Construction will begin Friday on a $1.2 million eye surgery center in Roanoke.
A few months ago, I embarked on a quest to discover what happens to kids in our community who experience mental illnesses.
Can we live to 100? An expert on aging will answer that question during a Dec. 10 public lecture at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
The Roanoke Valley’s two major hospitals again earned “Top Performer” status by the Joint Commission, a national accreditation group.
A state report recommends lawmakers close Catawba and another state psychiatric hospital in favor of adding a wing to a newer facility and building a network of community services, especially those...
A merger of far southwest Virginia’s predominant health care systems would create a monopoly that would price patients out of affordable care, according to economists hired by the nation’s insurers.
Yes, you know you’re a couch potato and packing so many pounds that you can’t even carry yourself on a walk around the block. Your doctor has warned that if you don’t immediately start eating bette...
Matthew Hall bent over to lift a 95-pound concrete ball off the floor of the CrossFit gym in Salem. It’s all in the hips, he said, as he hoisted it to his shoulders.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Thursday prescribed an antidote to the increasing number of opioid overdoses and deaths — widespread dispensing of naloxone.
Hospital Corporation of America agreed to pay almost $16 million to settle allegations that 42 of its hospitals, including LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, implanted cardiac devices in Medicare p...
Jefferson College of Health Sciences announced Monday it will add two doctoral programs.
Top brass at the Salem VA Medical Center decided to make the veterans town hall meetings “a little less formal and a little less public,” a spokesman said.
The Centers for Disease Control on Thursday reported that a patient developed fungal meningitis 26 months after being injected with tainted steroids that led to a deadly multi-state outbreak.
Employers could hold down health insurance costs and increase productivity by encouraging a healthier workforce, but throwing just any wellness plan at employees and hoping they stick to a diet or ...
This post was updated Thursday to reflect grades for other regional hospitals.
New River Valley was selected as one of eight community services boards in Virginia to share in $3 million that is expected eventually to reform the way people with mental health and substance abus...
Marijuana use among adults has doubled since the turn of the century as has the number of people who are addicted to it, according to a study published Wednesday in the JAMA Psychiatry. (A subscrip...
From a seemingly bottomless bag, Dr. Judy Gustafson retrieves tiny knitted caps and colorful handmade receiving blankets.
You can build a spanking new grocery store with sparkling produce aisles but you can’t make people eat more eggplant — especially if they don’t know what to do with it.
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to attend medical school, here's your chance to find out.
The Leapfrog Group, which surveys hospitals nationwide and grades them on a range of safety factors, on Wednesday released its first Cesarean section rates for reporting hospitals.
Health professionals across many disciplines and from around the globe gathered in Roanoke on Wednesday to collaborate on ways to learn from and work with each other. First, though, they heard from...
Roanoke this week is playing host to its first large medical convention, and organizers wanted the city to shine.
As Dr. Cynda Johnson prepared to host a lecture on vaccines at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, she searched her upper arm for the faint, dime-size de-pression left after a smallpox v...
Here’s your chance to see the head of LewisGale Regional Health System shake his pink tutu. The hospital’s Pink entry in the National Pink Glove Dance Competition is online and ready for voting. Yo...
A former Franklin County elementary school nurse who pleaded guilty in 2013 to helping a friend in a murder-for-hire plot is seeking to have her nursing license reinstated.
Maxine Laverne Hayes, 70, of Roanoke, Va., passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home, 540-344-1271.
Don Ray Chisom, 68, of Roanoke, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Stanley Regional Medical Center in Albemarle, N.C. He lived in Roanoke most of his life. Served a single tour in the United States Army, and was a commercial plumber by trade.He is survived by his sister, Sandral Carter; son, Gregory Chisom; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.There will be a graveside memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Mountainview Cemetery in Vinton, Va.
Jerry Wayne Wilson, 74, of Martinsville, Va., passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.Jerry is fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle.He is survived by his wife, Carol Wilson; brother and sister-in-law, Roland and Sue Wilson; his children and their spouses, Cynthia Wilson Campbell and Cecil, Lee Edward Suddarth and Kathy, Bonnie Akers and James Firebaugh, Donna Lipscomb, Lisa Baldwin, Teresa Hook and Ron, Chris Wilson and Jessica, Jerry Wayne Wilson Jr. and Scott Woods. Jerry is also survived by 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Jerry's life.Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, 540-982-2100. Online condolences may be made at www.oakeys.com.
Mildred Spitler Watts, of Covington, died Sunday, February 7, 2016. She was born January 27, 1924, daughter of Hubert Spitler and Nellie Gibson Spitler and widow of John McCurdy Watts. She was also preceded in death by her wonderful son, James Hubert Watts.She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Drema Waters and husband, Gary of Bristol, Va., the Watts family and all of her great friends.At her request, there will be no service and her body was donated to the Virginia Anatomical Program. She said if anyone would wish to make a memorial, do something for someone who has a need, and remember the animals.