A potent batch of opioid drugs circulating through the Roanoke region has led to an uptick in overdoses and deaths in recent weeks, according to advocates in the addiction field. In conjunction with the online news source, the Roanoke Rambler, WFIR’s Taylor Sherrill has that story.17
To what extent would you want your life prolonged if you had a terminal illness? Its a tough question for many individuals and their families, and the reason National Health Care Decision Day – which is tomorrow – was launched it 2008. The story from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
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Leah Haymaker (right) with her E-sight goggles. Submitted photo.
A gradual loss of central eye vision from something called Stargardt Disease has been regained for one Clifton Forge resident via a high-tech set of goggles that looks like something out of “Star Trek-Generations.” More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
A program that encourages those on the lower-income side of the scale to eat healthier while supporting local growers and farmer’s markets looks for another banner year in 2022. WFIR’s Camden Lazenby has more:
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The FDA has now approved a 4th dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine for COVID-19, for those 50-plus. Roanoke City and Alleghany health districts director Dr. Cynthia Morrow said this morning while the vaccines are not the “perfect tool” as far as eliminating any chance of infection, they have been proven to reduce the worst symptoms of COVID-19 in many cases.
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After about two years of delivering a weekly virtual news conference on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the New River Health District, director Noelle Bissell conducted her last scheduled one today. There were a lot of lessons learned over the past two years says Bissell. As COVID-19 transitions from “pandemic” to “endemic” Bissell says the local health district looks to focus on other issues, including bringing immunizations up to date for local school children.
Stephen Perrine a wellness expert, refutes the claim that metabolisms slow with age. He cites older Americans not being fully educated on health strategies as part of the problem. WFIR’s Caroline Moore has the story.
The need for blood donations is at an all-time high, and the American Red Cross is hoping a few prizes will bring people out for a blood drive Saturday in downtown Roanoke. WFIR’s Ian Price has more.
Carilion Clinic and two other partners have been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health that is being used to find better ways to detect geriatric brain injuries – faster and less costly as well. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:
Dr. Nancie Fitch – sleep awareness. Submitted photo.
Not getting enough sleep? “Join the crowd” some might say – but there are ways to combat the problem. The story, during “Sleep Awareness Month,” from WFIR’s Gene Marrano: