Health and Medicine

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COVID-19 is still killing more than 300 Americans every day, the flu season is back stronger this year and now there is RSV – which mainly impacts children under 5 and has been filling up pediatric wards in hospitals nationwide. There are ways to fight back, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

Photo: Salem Rescue Squad Crew

Ahead of a major anniversary, one volunteer paramedic explains why she volunteers. Darlene Gee has been a part of an all-volunteer EMS operation since she was a junior in high school, earning “Life Member” status. WFIR’s Emma Thomas with that story:


Kimberly Whiter (Elder Care Solutions) at left.

1 in 5 people in the U.S. are now classified as a family caregiver – that’s according to data revealed by Elder Care Solutions, which is based here in Roanoke. CEO and owner Kimberly Whiter works with an advisory team to help families deal with the overwhelming cost of long-term care. Whiter joined us live in studio this morning to talk about that issue – and about a major conference she is organizing at Hotel Roanoke later this month (Nov 14-16) – The Care Colloquium. Hear the full conversation below:


Dr. Cynthia Morrow/VDH-VT photo

By now you’ve probably heard about the respiratory virus known in shorthand as RSV, and how it can be serious for infants and older adults.  The CDC says RSV is the most common cause of pneumonia and inflammation of airways in the lungs for children younger than 1 year old. Cases of flu have also spiked early in the season. Dr. Cynthia Morrow with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts on RSV today:

Dr Robert Trestman Carilion. G Marrano photo

Carilion Clinic will move its mental health outpatient services from South Jefferson Street near the hospital to Tanglewood Mall, utilizing 37,000 square feet of empty storefront on two floors – adjacent to the Carilion Children’s facility. A ten million dollar renovation project will take place at the new Tanglewood site before an expected opening in late summer 2023. Robert Trestman is Carilion’s senior vice-president and Chair of the Psychiatry and Behavorial Medicine Department: