Fri, 18 May 2018 21:29:14 GMT
An annual report from the United Health Foundation found that West Virginia’s seniors are some of the most unhealthy older adults in the country. The report looked at the intersection of behaviors, community & environment, policy and clinical care to determine health outcomes. The most striking data has to do with oral hygiene. In West Virginia, more than 30 percent of seniors have had all their teeth removed, compared to almost 6 percent of seniors in the lowest ranked state, Hawaii. The state with the next highest full-mouth teeth extraction rates is Mississippi at about 26 percent. West Virginia also ranks in the top ten most social isolated states with risk factors including, poverty, marriage status, disability and living alone. The report found that West Virginia’s food insecurity rate increased from about 15 to almost 19 percent, ranking the state sixth in the total percentage of older adults experiencing food insecurity. West Virginia is one of five states with the largest
Fri, 18 May 2018 20:43:57 GMT
Updated: May 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Gov. Jim Justice has issued a call for a special session that will coincide with May interims. Lawmakers are being asked to address clean-ups to various bills passed during the 2018 session.
Fri, 18 May 2018 19:40:59 GMT
The 10 counties in the United States most at risk for an HIV outbreak are all in Central Appalachia, a ccording to a 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled after a 2015 outbreak of the disease in southern Indiana, the report found that places with a combination of high poverty, low access to health care, and rampant intravenous drug were mostly likely to experience a similar outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C. This week on Inside Appalachia we explore how community members in the region are coping, and what resources are available to to help prevent the spread of these diseases.
Fri, 18 May 2018 13:37:51 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, one of the ripple effects of the opioid epidemic is an increase in blood-borne diseases like hepatitis or HIV. A key method to prevent the spread of such diseases, its needle exchange program, is proving to be controversial in West Virginia’s capital city. The program was eventually suspended. Inside Appalachia host Jessica Lilly recently spoke with the Charleston-Kanawha Health Department’s spokesperson to find out more.
Thu, 17 May 2018 23:12:17 GMT
If you've been paying attention, you know by now that Appalachia is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. You may have seen suffering with substance abuse disorders in your own neighborhood.
Thu, 17 May 2018 20:49:01 GMT
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. Updated on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:34 p.m. A flood watch for Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan, Hampshire, and Hardy Counties remains in effect through 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
Thu, 17 May 2018 20:34:21 GMT
Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that West Virginia will be offering $800 million in General Obligation State Road Bonds. According to a news release, the sale of Series 2018A Bonds prioritizes sales to West Virginia residents and begins on Monday, May 21.
Thu, 17 May 2018 19:30:07 GMT
The Mountaineer Opry House in Milton is set to close its doors permanently next month. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the new owner, medical provider Valley Health, will then take over the property. Eighty-three-year-old Larry Stephens has managed the bluegrass hotspot since 1991. He says the Opry House has to be off the property by June 19.
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:29:52 GMT
West Virginia University at Parkersburg has recommended Christopher Gilmer to become its new president. A university news release says the campus board of governors voted this week to recommend Gilmer. The West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education would still need to approve the pick at its June 5 meeting.
Thu, 17 May 2018 16:26:15 GMT
The Appalachian coalfields are in the midst of an epidemic of severe black lung disease. The debilitating and even deadly disease has recently begun to affect miners as young as 30. Dust from coal mines has scarred these miners’ lungs, so little of the air they breathe gets absorbed. In central Appalachia, researchers say, one in every five experienced miners have some form of impairment, and one in every 20 now have the most advanced and disabling form of black lung.
Thu, 17 May 2018 13:30:20 GMT
The Mountain Valley Pipeline project has been cited for failing to control erosion at two work sites just two months after construction started on the more than 300-mile (483-kilometer) pipeline through Virginia and West Virginia.
Thu, 17 May 2018 13:26:52 GMT
In a state like West Virginia, where the economy is so deeply connected with the ebb and flow of the coal industry, discussions about climate change are often avoided. In a recent episode of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Us & Them podcast, host Trey Kay speaks with Katharine Hayhoe. In 2014, Time magazine named Hayhoe one of the 100 Most Influential People because she’s one of the world’s leading climate scientists and a life-long evangelical Christian who’s willing to tackle the hot button topic of climate change.
Wed, 16 May 2018 19:15:32 GMT
Republican West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito pressed the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday over recently released emails that show White House and EPA officials attempted to delay a new federal standard for C-8 and other similar toxic water-polluting chemicals, which have for decades been detected in several water systems in the Ohio Valley.
Wed, 16 May 2018 15:57:08 GMT
A health department says an employee at a restaurant in West Virginia has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. A Kanawha-Charleston Health Department news release says an O'Charley's employee was diagnosed with hepatitis A. The health department says this is the third Kanawha County hepatitis A investigation involving a restaurant since a number of cases began to arise in February.
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:46:15 GMT
A federal appellate court vacated a key permit granted to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, saying Tuesday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided no specific limits for the allowable impact on threatened and endangered species.
Wed, 16 May 2018 14:12:38 GMT
A new study featuring research conducted at an experimental forest in West Virginia is shedding light on how the carbon-storing ability of soils, and the billions of microbes within them, may fare as both carbon dioxide and nitrogen increase in the future. The research , published recently in the journal Global Change Biology, examined how increased nitrogen affects the ability of forests and soil to store carbon.
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:00:00 GMT
On this West Virginia Morning, for scientists who study climate change, it’s really hard to estimate exactly how much carbon dioxide forests and the soil below them will store in the future. Brittany Patterson reports on a new study that used West Virginia forests to shed light on how the carbon-storing ability of soils, and the billions of microbes within them, may fare as both carbon dioxide and nitrogen increase in the future.
Tue, 15 May 2018 20:21:13 GMT
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources announced state funding is available for two substance abuse recovery programs . Both the Collegiate Recovery (CRPs) and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) programs focus on helping adults who suffer from substance use disorders get their lives back on track.
Tue, 15 May 2018 19:28:28 GMT
Thousands of customers remain without power in West Virginia a day after severe thunderstorms rolled through the state. FirstEnergy says on its website that about 7,500 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday afternoon. That includes 2,400 customers in Pendleton County, 1,800 in Harrison County and 1,200 in Jefferson County.
Tue, 15 May 2018 16:26:51 GMT
West Virginia's Bureau for Public Health has officially suspended the certification of a harm reduction program following concerns over its needle exchange component.