Dad ‘forever grateful’ after life-saving surprise at Richmond Flying Squirrel’s game

RICHMOND, Va. — Life sent Kent Winter a curve ball two and a half years ago when his kidneys failed, putting him on dialysis and a wait list for a new kidney. Winter thought he was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Richmond Flying Squirrel’s game Saturday to raise awareness about organ donation. “Looking to generate more awareness in the community about the opportunities about being an organ donor,” Winter said. “In my situation, there’s over 1,500 people, just in Virginia, waiting for a kidney transplant. Not that may…

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Doctors issue critical warning over sweltering conditions

Temperatures are soaring to dangerous levels across the country. Doctors are warning everyone it’s critical to take care in these sweltering conditions. Dr. Baruch Fertel is an emergency room doctor at the Cleveland Clinic. He says everyone needs to be on alert for heat exhaustion, which happens when there isn’t enough fluid in the body. Dr. Fertel says some symptoms to look out for are cramping, the body being warm to the touch, decreased sweating, some dizziness and some nausea. Young children, the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions…

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Health department warns Virginians of increase in respiratory illnesses this summer

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health is warning residents of an increase in reports of respiratory illnesses across the Commonwealth compared to previous summers. While respiratory illnesses are more common during the winter or during flu season, health officials are seeing an increase in reports this summer. Those reports involve different regions of the state and different diseases, including pertussis (whooping cough), influenza, Haemophilus influenzae infection, Legionnaire’s disease, and pneumonia caused by rhinovirus or human metapneumovirus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Health officials say the majority…

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US drug overdose deaths fell slightly in 2018

US drug overdose deaths declined 5.1% in 2018, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The slight decline in drug overdose deaths marked the first such drop in decades. The agency estimates there were 68,557 drug overdose deaths in 2018. An estimated 47,590 involved opioids, including oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, and 31,897 involved synthetic opioids, including fentanyl and tramadol. The data will not be finalized until next year. Opioid prescribing has dropped since the CDC issued opioid prescribing guidelines…

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Why little kids and driving little cars around Chippenham Hospital

RICHMOND, Va, — Being a patient in a hospital can be scary, especially if you’re a little one visiting the emergency room or having surgery. Hoping to take the fear out of a hospital visit, Chippenham Hospital is unveiling new “Hoppy Mobiles” in honor of the hospital’s pediatric mascot – Hoppy the Frog. The small motorized cars will be available to young patients visiting the pediatric units of the hospital or having same-day surgery. Pediatric director Becky Coviello said the medical center is hoping to make the hospital experience less…

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He went to the optometrist with something stuck in his eye. The doctor pulled out a tick.

Kentucky electrical worker Chris Prater douses himself in insect repellent every day to beat the bugs he encounters on the job. But all his spraying couldn’t spare him from a pernicious tick that found in the one spot he couldn’t swat — his eyeball. “You can’t spray your eyes,” he told CNN affiliate WYMT. The teeny parasite fought its way into Prater’s eye some time during a July tree-cutting job in Johnson County, he explained. Prater didn’t originally think anything of the irritation before the diagnosis. It must’ve been the sawdust that got caught in…

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Children in states with strict gun laws are less likely to die, according to a new study

Strict firearm legislation could be the answer to a disturbing increase in gun deaths among young people, according to a new study. In a paper published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, researchers found that firearm-related deaths among young people are 35% lower in states where mandatory background checks have been required for at least five years. It’s evidence that measures like universal background checks for firearm and ammunition purchases and identification requirements can significantly reduce the pediatric mortality rate, researchers said. More than 21,000 young people under 21 died from firearm-related injuries between 2011…

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Scientists have found that anorexia is linked to metabolism

The way we treat anorexia may be changing, thanks to a new study linking the illness to metabolism. The study, published Monday in the journal Nature Genetics, examined the DNA of almost 17,000 people with anorexia nervosa and 55,000 healthy control subjects. Researchers identified eight genetic markers that correlate the illness, commonly called anorexia, to some of the same genetic factors that also influence the risk for psychiatric disorders — such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and anxiety; high physical activity; and metabolic and anthropometric traits, such as a…

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Woman infected with flesh-eating bacteria at Norfolk beach

NORFOLK, Va. — Amanda Edwards can laugh today thinking back on her potentially fatal health scare after spending just ten minutes in the water at a Virginia beach. “I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness… my leg is gonna fall off,’” Edwards chuckled. “That’s the only thing I could keep thinking.” She told WTKR she contracted a flesh-eating staph infection during a day of fun at Norfolk’s Ocean View Beach. She said the infection spread quickly. “The way that it was spreading, it was going up my leg,” Edwards explained.…

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