VCU Health will no longer file lawsuits against patients for unpaid bills

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU Health announced Wednesday that they would no longer file lawsuits against its patients as part of their routine debt collection process. Effective last month, the new policy will also end the practice of issuing garnishments on wages and putting new liens on homes to recovered owned monies. VCU Health says VCU Medical Center hasn’t filed suits against patients in at least seven years and they stopped using legal action for debt collection “many years ago.” Now their other facilities will do the same. Officials say the…

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Healthy diet improves depression in young adults, study says

Not only did eating a healthy diet for three weeks improve depressive symptoms in college-aged young adults, but those who continued the diet for three months kept their improved outlook on life, according to a small randomized trial on diet and depression. “Simply cutting down processed food intake and increasing fruit, vegetable(s) and fish resulted in improvements in depression symptoms,” said Heather Francis, a neuropsychologist at Australia’s Macquarie University and the lead author of the study published Wednesday in the journal PLOS One. Teens in the study who had the…

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Several cases of scabies confirmed across Cumberland County schools

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Va. — Parents in Cumberland County are on high alert, after the school division announced positive cases of scabies found at Cumberland County Public Schools. Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by a tiny, burrowing mite. According to the Virginia Department of Health, symptoms can take up to two to six weeks to appear. Cumberland County School Superintendent Amy Griffin, sent home a letter Wednesday to parents updating them on the number of cases. “Monday October 6th we had six elementary students, one elementary teacher and one…

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How knowing the risks for breast cancer can reduce the likelihood of developing the disease

RICHMOND, Va. — Each year, more than 190,000 American women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Knowing the risk factors for breast cancer can reduce the likelihood of developing the disease. Dr. Ryan Gabriel, a radiologist with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, says the average women has a risk of about 12% to develop breast cancer in her lifetime. “The American Cancer Society considers when women are at a 20% or greater, so one in five chance of developing breast cancer, at high risk,” Gabriel says. According to the…

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In-network hospital, out-of-network doctor. Problem Solvers help clear woman’s $1,000 ER bill

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Lynette Jackson’s visit to the emergency room for abdominal pain turned into a much bigger time commitment than just waiting to be seen by the doctor. “I was getting nowhere,” Jackson told the CBS 6 Problem Solvers of her attempt to settle a surprise bill sent weeks after her treatment. In July, the retired school administrator went to Henrico Doctors Hospital, an in-network hospital for her insurance plan through Anthem. In late August, a bill for $1,037 arrived from a corporation representing the attending physician. Jackson…

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Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says

Health officials are raising alarm about a rise in STDs across the United States. For the fifth consecutive year, combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen in the United States, according to a Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Tuesday. “Combined they total 2.4 million infections that were diagnosed and reported just in last year alone,” said Elizabeth Torrone, a CDC epidemiologist who worked on the new report, adding that the combined number marks “the most cases” ever recorded since monitoring began…

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Tara Daudani beats cancer: ‘I thought, I’m going to die, these kids aren’t going to have a mom’

RICHMOND, Va. — Cancer survivor Tara Daudani appeared on CBS 6 News at 4 to discuss her cancer battle. “I immediately thought of my kids. I just didn’t know that much about cancer, I thought I have cancer, I’m going to die, I’m going to die young and these kids aren’t going to have a mom,” Daudani recalled about the moment she was diagnosed at age 37. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Henrico mother of two shared her story in hopes of reaching both women who are…

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Kroger will stop selling e-cigarettes

Kroger is becoming the latest major retailer to stop selling e-cigarettes amid public concern over vaping-related illnesses and deaths. The announcement, which Kroger made on Monday, came just weeks after Walmart made a similar announcement, citing regulatory uncertainty. CBS, Viacom and CNN parent company WarnerMedia also announced in September they would prohibit e-cigarette advertisements on their networks. “Kroger is discontinuing the sale of electronic nicotine delivery products, or e-cigarettes, at all store and fuel center locations due to the mounting questions and increasingly-complex regulatory environment associated with these products,” the supermarket…

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These Breast Cancer Awareness Month events aim to inform, inspire and honor survivors

RICHMOND, Va. — These events happening this October aim to inform, inspire and honor survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Our Laughter in the Rain Sunday, Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Dominion Club in Glen Allen For the 6th year, it’s another night of fashion, fun and inspiration. The Our Laughter in the Rain event Oct. 13 is a complimentary event for those fighting cancer. Dr. Taleshia Chandler, a breast cancer survivor who was recently featured in a Buddy Check 6 report, will be the guest speaker.…

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