Thousands of white crosses honors lives lost to addiction in Virginia every year

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — There are over 3500 white crosses outside Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monument Avenue to honor all of the lives lost to addiction in Virginia every year. Some of the crosses includes the name of Virginians who died from addition. CBS 6 talked to one mom who lost her son, Taylor Grow, last year when he relapsed during recovery and overdosed on heroin. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Tracy Grow said he became addicted after being prescribed pain medicine for an injured toe. She said more…

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3500 white crosses honors lives lost to addiction in Virginia every year

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — There are over 3500 white crosses outside Westminster Presbyterian Church on Monument Avenue to honor all of the lives lost to addiction in Virginia every year. There are actual names that people wrote on some of the crosses. CBS 6 talked to one mom who lost her son, Taylor Grow, last year when he relapsed during recovery and overdosed on heroin. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Tracy Grow said he became addicted after being prescribed pain medicine for an injured toe. She said more resources…

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Obamacare enrollment soars in first four days

More than 600,000 people signed up for Obamacare in the first four days of open enrollment, far outpacing last year’s rate. Nearly a quarter were enrolling for the first time, while the rest renewed coverage, according to statistics released Thursday by the Trump administration. The period covers Nov. 1 through Nov. 4. The data provides the first look at how Obamacare will fare under an administration determined to dismantle the health reform law. While Trump officials are maintaining the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, they have slashed open enrollment advertising and support. Also, consumers will…

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Flu season is here, and experts are already concerned

Watch Video Last year’s seasonal flu vaccine effectiveness was just 42%, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated. Even if vaccinated, people had inadequate protection against the flu. This limited effectiveness was due to a mutation that occurred in the influenza A (H3N2) vaccine strain, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This vaccine mutation resulted from an egg-based manufacturing process commonly used today. This year’s flu vaccine may also be imperfect, said Scott Hensley, author of the new study and…

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2-year-old defies odds, learns to walk after rare stage 4 cancer

Watch Video Two-year-old Zéa Lane began her battle to survive stage 4 cancer at just 3 months old. It has robbed her of meeting milestones and being able to make friends or keep up with other toddlers her age. It has paralyzed her from the chest down, with doctors saying she would never walk. As she gets older, Zéa is realizing that she’s different. While wearing ballet slippers, the little girl who loves to bop around to music looked at her mother and said, “My feet are broken, Mama.” But…

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How yoga is helping breast cancer patients: ‘I just left feeling better’

RICHMOND, Va. — Peggy Parker feels at peace when doing yoga. “I’m completely focused on being here. Close the door of the studio. The world doesn’t exist,” said Parker. Parker’s world has been turned upside down, not once, but three times. “This is my third bout with cancer, 1996, 2012 and 2017,” said Parker. Peggy Parker The 66-year-old who works full-time as a contractor in the insurance industry has had her share of surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy. This time around, yoga is now part of her routine, even during chemo…

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Surrogate mom delivers 2 babies, 1 her own

The lives of Jessica Allen and her husband, Wardell Jasper, were changed permanently and for the better by a rare medical phenomenon. Their unique story begins with the hope of extending a lifeline to another couple around the globe. Allen, 31, a California mom with two growing boys, decided to become a surrogate mother and carry the baby of another couple, she told the New York Post. Although the $30,000 paycheck (plus expenses) would benefit her family, she also yearned to share the joy she knew by helping a woman…

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Heart disease death rate plummets, but overdose death rate rises, CDC says

Three new reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention bring both good and bad news about Americans’ health. Death rates for heart disease, cancer and HIV are all down in the United States in the year ending mid-2017 compared to the same period last year, according to one report published Friday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Despite these “wins,” the overall mortality rate has increased from the same time last year, the report also indicated. This overall uptick includes the death rate for drug overdoses. The rate…

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What sets apart the ‘Biggest Losers’ who maintain weight loss

Watch Video After competing in “The Biggest Loser,” many of the reality-show contestants have reluctantly regained the weight they sought to lose through extreme dieting and exercise. “The truth is, I kind of spiraled,” Ali Vincent, the first woman to win the competition, told Oprah last year. “I got home and I was like, ‘What do I do?’ “I’m supposed to be strong. I’m supposed to know how to do this.” But some contestants discovered for themselves the key to keeping their weight down long after the cameras turned off,…

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