The American Red Cross has to get creative when it gets to blood drives at certain times of the year – there’s one tied to a friendly “competition” in Roanoke, today until 6pm as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Click below to hear our full in-studio conversation with local Red Cross executive director Jackie Grant:
One of three Americans has “pre-diabetes.” Many don’t even know. Now a local extension office wants to offer a year-long program that can change lifestyles – and avoid type 2 diabetes.
Its called “Shared Space” – a panel discussion on the opioid crisis and how it impacts families. The moderator tomorrow afternoon is Beth Macy – who has just written a book on the issue. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
(VDH release) Following heavy rain events this week, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) reminds people to take precautions to avoid flooded areas, and once the sun comes out, be aware of potential health risks before you participate in recreational water activities.
Heavy rains can increase the risk of exposure to animal waste and inadequately treated wastewater from sewage treatment plants. Bacteria, debris and other pollutants are collected by rainwater as it travels over the land and ends up in rivers, lakes and streams. This mix of rain and pollution can pose risks to human health and safety. Rain events also cause flooding and fast-moving waters, especially in low-lying areas.
The most common illnesses from contaminated water are gastrointestinal illnesses. This may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fever. These illnesses result from swallowing water contaminated by disease-causing microbiological organisms. Additionally, contact with contaminated water has the potential to cause upper respiratory (ear, nose, throat) and skin infections.
With everything else making news in Washington these days the debate over health care has taken a back seat. But US Senator Tim Kaine may want to put it on the front burner again as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Agee has been chair of the American Hospital Association board since January but her formal investiture took place over the weekend.
Making sure young hearts are healthy – and that others can be restarted – a Virginia Tech Carilion medical school professor has both goals in mind as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
Legal opioids – painkillers – have been a gateway to addiction for some. Twice a year the DEA sponsors national Drug Take Back Days. There’s another one in Roanoke tomorrow, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
You can click here to find the drug takeback locations nearest you.
They often say “Laughter is the best medicine” and the spring time art exhibit opening with a public reception on Wednesday at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will demonstrate just that, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:
A church bus hits a tractor-trailer full of ammonia; multiple injuries and breathing problems ensue. That was this year’s mock scenario at an “Interprofessional Education Simulation” last week. WFIR’s Gene Marrano follows up on a story we first told you about last week: