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Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 11:12 AM EST

Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health

Va. Governor: Cut Jamestown Celebration, Fund Mental Health

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is asking Republican lawmakers to cut spending on the 400th anniversary of the founding of the oldest legislative body in the country and redirect the money to mental health care...

Friday, Feb 17, 2017 at 06:49 AM EST

Bill Mandating 12-Month Birth Control Coverage Passes

 Bill Mandating 12-Month Birth Control Coverage Passes

Women in Virginia may soon be able to buy a year's supply of prescription birth control instead of a few months' worth.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 04:16 PM EST

Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences

Gore: Climate Change Poses Dangerous Health Consequences

Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday said more attention must be paid to the dangerous health consequences of climate change, and he called on scientists, health officials and health care providers to work...

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 07:40 PM EST

2 Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika After Botched Tests

2 Pregnant Women Test Positive for Zika After Botched Tests

Two pregnant women who were told they tested negative for Zika retested positive after D.C. officials found testing was flawed.

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM EST

China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic

China Carfentanil Ban a 'Game-Changer' in US Opioid Epidemic

So deadly it's considered a terrorist threat, carfentanil has been legal in China— until now. Beijing is banning carfentanil and three similar drugs as of March 1, China's Ministry of Public Security said...

Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 10:43 AM EST

Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?

Would You Let Someone Who's Not a Dentist Pull Your Teeth?

Need a tooth pulled or a cavity filled? Forget the dentist. A number of states are allowing or considering letting "dental therapists," professionals with a lower level of training, do the job. In dozens of...

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 08:57 PM EST

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

Brain Scans May Detect Signs of Autism in Infants

It may be possible to detect autism in babies before their first birthdays, a much earlier diagnosis than ever before, a small new study finds. Using magnetic-resonance imaging scans, researchers at the...

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 07:42 PM EST

South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment

South Florida Company Turns Cobra Venom Into Healing Treatment

When you think about Cobra venom eventual death comes to mind. A South Florida company is changing the perception of the deadly venom. Nutra Pharma Corp., a biotechnology company specializing in the acquisition,...

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 05:12 PM EST

Treat Back Pain Before It Happens With These Simple Tips

Treat Back Pain Before It Happens With These Simple Tips

You might not need all of that medication to get relief from your back pain. Dr. Jackie Eghrari-Sabet of Family Allergy & Asthma Care in Gaithersburg, Maryland, talks about three new recommendations for when those muscle spasms hit.

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 at 01:00 PM EST

Why Taking Some Aspirin Can Help Fight Depression

Why Taking Some Aspirin Can Help Fight Depression

Depression affects 16 million adults each year in this country. Dr. Joshua Weiner makes the connection between depression and inflammation, heart health and back pain.