Problem Solvers help Henrico woman end $1,200 medical bill dispute: ‘Why do you keep billing me?’

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Priscilla Owens did not spend as much time gardening this year as she would have liked. Instead, she spent more hours than she could count making phone calls to her health insurance company and chasing down medical records from an urgent care clinic. “I feel like saying, ‘okay this is my hourly salary rate. I’d like to send you both a bill for the stuff I’ve taken care of for you,” Owens said. “I don’t think they’d like the bill.” In January, Priscilla and her husband…

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There were no new measles cases in the United States last week, CDC says

For the first time since early January, no new measles cases were reported in the United States last week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials continue to monitor ongoing outbreaks in two New York counties. The number of measles cases in the United remained at 1,241 for the year as of last Thursday. The majority of cases were among people who were not vaccinated against measles, and more than 75% of cases were linked to outbreaks in New York and New York City. New…

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12th case of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) confirms a 12th case of Legionnaires’ disease in Chesterfield County. As of September 12, the health department said there have been a dozen confirmed cases among older adults and people with certain medical conditions since May 1. Officials say on average, the county normally sees three cases of the disease each year. The Chesterfield Health District is continuing to investigate an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the northeast quadrant of the county. The Legionella bacteria can cause Legionnaire’s…

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Purdue Pharma — the company that makes OxyContin — files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK — Purdue Pharma filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in New York Sunday as part of its framework for settling litigation with multiple states and governments. The maker of the painkiller OxyContin said in a statement that the bankruptcy was the next step in implementing the agreement to pay billions of dollars to the states and local and tribal governments that accuse the pharmaceutical giant of helping to drive the opioid crisis. The company has denied any wrongdoing. “This court-supervised process is intended to, among other things, facilitate an…

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Virginia nurse with HIV saves stranger’s life by donating kidney

NORFOLK, Va. — Karl Neumann is a Transplant IT Coordinator at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. About a month ago, he provided an organ instead of just coordinating the logistics of it. Neumann said he has always wanted to help someone through organ donation, but until recently, he wasn’t able to. “Eleven years ago, I became HIV-positive, so I had no option,” Neumann said. That changed in 2015 when the Hope Act was passed. It allows people who are HIV-positive to donate kidneys and a part of their liver to other…

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California passes bill to require state universities to offer abortion pill

If California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill passed by the state Senate Friday, state university clinics will be required to offer abortion pills to students as of 2023. “The state has an interest in ensuring that every pregnant person in California who wants to have an abortion can obtain access to that care as easily and as early in pregnancy as possible,” the bill states. California’s legislation comes as several other states are moving to tighten abortion restrictions or to ban them with very limited exceptions. “In a time when states across our…

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‘I was non-stop Juuling up a storm’: 10 college students on their vaping addictions

The CDC, FDA, White House and a who’s who of officials in suits want young people to stop using e-cigarettes amid a mysterious outbreak of hundreds of vaping-related lung illnesses. But what do actual vapers think? CNN went to New York City’s Washington Square Park to speak with young people who had or currently have a vaping habit in order to understand their experiences, thoughts and reactions to the recent health warnings. The conversations — all with college students between 18 and 21 — give a look into how the…

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10-year-old girl contracts brain-eating amoeba while swimming

BOSQUE COUNTY, Texas. —  A weekend swim left a young girl fighting for her life when she contracted a brain-eating amoeba with a 97% fatality rate. The 10-year-old girl swam in the Brazos River and Lake Whitney in Bosque County near Waco over Labor Day weekend, according to CNN affiliate KWTX-TV. Then, on September 8, the girl “began having a headache, and it was quickly followed by a fever,” according to a Facebook page created to support the girl. Her family thought it was a viral infection at first, but…

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Cannabis industry calls for legalization and regulation to snuff out underground vapes

The recent rash of vaping-related illnesses and deaths could represent a crisis for the legal cannabis industry, which relies on vaping for an estimated quarter of its business in some states. But, some people in the industry believe, the problem could also represent an opportunity, to both help people and push toward wider legalization in the United States. On Wednesday, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) put out a call to Congress: To deal with vaping-related illnesses, legalize cannabis and regulate us. Cannabis’ status as a federally illegal substance fuels illicit products,…

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