Health and Medicine


A 10-year-old Floyd County girl is preparing to join more than 160 other children from across the country next week to lobby Congress for continued diabetes research. Jamie Deremer will be part of this year’s Juvenile Diabetes Children’s Congress in Washington. The boys and girls also want to educate members of Congress how Type one diabetes affects their lives. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:

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UPDATE: 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith heard that story as it aired Wednesday, and later live in studio, he told us the Energy and Commerce committee and a health sub-committee he is a member of will get it done:

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He’s only the second permanent Dean ever at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and today was the first day on the job for Dr. Lee Learman. He arrives on the Roanoke campus from a med school at Florida Atlantic University, where he was a senior associate dean. That school is only 9 years old – a year younger than the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.  Possibly growing the size of the freshman class is one of the projects on Learman’s early agenda. Learman tells WFIR he “loves that start up energy.”

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The Prevention Council of Roanoke County just wrapped up its 18th annual retreat, with opioid addiction the central theme. The still-developing Urgent Love on-line resource was one focus, with a call put out for “ambassadors” in each of the 26 counties it covers. Nick Bilbro with New River Valley Community Services agreed to do that. The goal is to have resource opioid addiction recovery information from all 26 counties online before has an official launch sometime this summer.

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