Health and Medicine

Carilion Clinic’s Aortic Center is the first in the region to offer a new, non-invasive procedure that can help prevent strokes by reversing the flow of blood to the brain and filtering out any plaque before restoring it to the body’s blood supply. Dr Joshua Adams is Medical Director for aortic and vascular surgery: To date he has performed the procedure twice. Adams says its a preferred alternative to invasive carotid artery surgery. Physicians worked with a private firm – Silk Road – to develop the equipment that filters out the stroke-inducing plaque.

Drownings account for a large proportion of accidental deaths among young children, and with summer’s official arrival today, experts urge parents to adopt a system that helps keep an eye on kids in the water. The “Water Watcher” system requires one adult supervisor to keep a constant eye on children in the water — no books, phones or other distractions.  WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a new state budget that expands Medicaid to as many as 400,000 low-income adults. The Democratic governor signed the legislation Thursday on the steps outside the state Capitol. He said the bipartisan compromise on Medicaid expansion is a stark contrast to the “chaos and partisan warfare” in national politics. The General Assembly voted last week to approve the budget with Medicaid expansion. The vote ended a long-running partisan stalemate over the issue, with several Republicans joining Democrats to support the measure. A tally from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows Virginia will become the 33rd state to approve Medicaid expansion. Expanding Medicaid was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act pushed by former President Barack Obama.

Rep. Morgan Griffith

A bill signed into law yesterday gives many patients with life-threatening medical conditions the right to use unproven drugs that are not yet federally-approved. Congressman Morgan Griffith is one of the measure’s original co-sponsors. It is called “Right to Try” legislation that basically permits people with terminal illnesses and have run out of other treatment options to try drugs that have not yet received full Food and Drug Administration approval. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more: