Richmond, Henrico aim to ‘provide best care possible’ with health department merger

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — The health departments of the City of Richmond and Henrico County will now be managed under one leadership team. “County lines and city lines should not matter if we can provide the best care possible,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said during the press conference attended by officials from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Richmond and Henrico County. The two health districts will be lead under the direction of Dr. Danny Avula who was recently appointed to the dual health director role. It is the first…

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19-year-old dies after inhaling deodorant spray to get high

A 19-year-old died after inhaling deodorant spray to get high, according to a new case report, and doctors who treated the man in the Netherlands are using the case to highlight the fatal consequences of inhaling chemicals. Such cases are “very rare,” according to Dr. Kelvin Harvey Kramp of Maasstad Hospital’s intensive care unit in Rotterdam. Kramp explained that because deaths from deodorant inhalation are not common among the general population, the “consequences aren’t really known,” causing people to continue this dangerous behavior. The patient, who had a history of psychotic…

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High school e-cigarette use has jumped nearly 80%. Now, the FDA wants new regulations

Vaping increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since last year, prompting the US Food and Drug Administration to propose new measures against flavored nicotine products that have propelled the rise, the agency announced Thursday. “These data shock my conscience,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement, proposing to strengthen the agency’s policies against flavored e-cigarette products. These proposals could ultimately prompt their removal from shelves and websites that are accessible to minors. The proposed changes do not include mint, menthol and tobacco flavors, however. Gottlieb…

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Even after separation, formerly conjoined twins want to be close

Watch Video Despite their new-found independence, the Bhutanese conjoined twins who were separated by doctors in Australia last week still want to be close to each other, nurses have told reporters. 15-month-old sisters Dawa and Nima Pelden flew nearly 6,000 miles for the life-changing operation. They were born joined at the stomach. Nurse coordinator Kellie Smith, who works on the twins’ ward at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital, told reporters Thursday that the pair are never far from one another. “We try and have them a little bit apart, but they manage to sort…

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Low-carb diets might be best for maintaining weight loss, study says

The best way to maintain weight loss may be to change your diet to one low in carbohydrates, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the journal BMJ, involved 164 overweight or obese people. Their weight was brought down by 12%, and they were stabilized at that weight and put on a high-, medium- or low-carbohydrate diet for 20 weeks. The diets were made up of 20% carbs and protein and 60% fat, 40% carbs and fat and 20% protein, or 60% carbs and 20% protein and fat. “We…

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Grandmother donates organ as ‘kidney gift certificate’ to save young granddaughter years from now

Watch Video When Meghann Adams learned that she was pregnant in early 2015, she was ecstatic. Starting a family with her husband, Chris, had not been easy, but she was carrying twins. They were to be named Delly and Aubrey. The entire family delighted in preparing for their arrival. Adams’ mom, Jamie McNeil, made plans to retire and moved across the country to help care for them. “It was the best feeling ever,” Adams, 35, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the family’s home near Atlanta. Twenty…

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Teen smoking hits record low in Virginia; teen vaping concerns remain

RICHMOND, Va. — Teen cigarette smoking in the Commonwealth has hit an all-time low, according to a survey conducted by the Virginia Department of Health. At just 6.5 percent, teenage smoking is Virginia is far below the national average of 7.6 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the record low numbers in Virginia, the 2017 Virginia Youth Survey found that more high school students are using alcohol, marijuana, and e-cigarettes. “While we are heartened by the continuing downward trend of youth cigarette smoking, we remain…

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The 10 ‘Worst Toys’ parents and grandparents should avoid this Christmas

DENVER – A consumer group has released a list of what it believes is the worst choice of gifts to give to children this holiday season. The group World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.) said the toys below could be dangerous in the hands of children. Most of the toys included in this list pose serious choking hazards, but there is also the risk of stabbing injuries, blunt force trauma injuries, and even battery acid leaks. 1. Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lites: This illuminated pillow pet…

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All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use, new guidelines say

You can expect a “drinking checkup” when you visit the doctor. All adults, including pregnant women, should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care physicians, the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises. For those patients who drink above the recommended limits, doctors should provide brief counseling to help them reduce their drinking, according to the new task force statement published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. As far as teens, the independent panel of medical experts came up empty. The task force said it did not find enough…

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