Health and Medicine

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

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:


Dr. Cynthia Morrow/VDH-VT photo

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.


Photo: Virginia Tech

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.

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: