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MORGANTOWN — Jason Hubbart, an educator and researcher at West Virginia University, is acutely aware of the importance of quality drinking water in a society and for its people and he is compelled to help others understand that as well.

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KEYSER — In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis caused by Covid-19, the West Virginia University School of Nursing on the Potomac State Campus partnered with KVC West Virginia to incorporate a new clinical rotation during the fall 2020 semester in the Alterations in Mental Hea…

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When a doctor told Toni Stammler her 4-week-old son Milo needed urgent surgery because only 1 of his lungs was functioning, there was barely time to pack a bag — let alone try to shop around.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials believe the coronavirus mutation that set off alarms in parts of Britain is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States but it still must be taken “very seriously,’’ the government’…

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Viruses and bacteria aren’t the only microbial pathogens that plague us. Fungal diseases abound, too, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people are unaware of them, even though they result in more than $7 billion in health costs annually.

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KEYSER — Potomac State College’s nursing program is accepting applications for fall 2021 admission until Jan. 15. Acceptance into the program is competitive and spaces are limited to 24 students each fall.

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What with the pandemic and everything else, 2020 has not been a good year for most people. But 2019 wasn’t all that great either. Three new reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest our communal mental health was suffering well before COVID-19.

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Hello, folks. If you just tuned in you missed the first 2 rounds of Jeopardy! and we’re about to look at our contestants’ answers for Final Jeopardy.

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, the West Virginia Immunization Network is encouraging all state residents to get the flu vaccination before celebrating with family and friends.

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The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season.

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By now, most people have some familiarity with SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes the disease known as COVID-19. We are continuing to learn more about the virus as the pandemic continues to flare across the United States.

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As people get older, they become less likely to share memories of past experiences, according to published research out of the University of Arizona. And when they do share those recollections, they provide fewer details than younger people do.

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WINCHESTER — Valley Health’s multidisciplinary lung cancer team is planning 2 events on Saturday (Nov. 7) to call attention to the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. and the importance of early detection in saving lives.

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Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. The condition causes damage to the optic nerve resulting in slow, painless vision loss over many years.

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Visiting the dentist, especially for dental surgery, can be a source of anxiety and fear for many patients. Providing a quick and efficient procedure may put a big smile on some patient's faces by allowing them to get back to their lives sooner.  

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Matthew Simmons, MD, an infectious disease specialist and rising expert on COVID-19 at Berkeley County Medical Center, has been referred to by colleagues as “…a guiding voice for our health center, our community and our state during this time of coronavirus.”

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CUMBERLAND — UPMC has announced the appointment of Michele Martz, CPA, FACHE as the new, incoming president of UPMC Western Maryland effective Jan. 1, 2021. Martz succeeds Barry Ronan, FACHE, who will retire after serving as President and CEO of Western Maryland Health System and President o…

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Fatal opioid overdoses were up in 2019, reaching a record high of 70,980 deaths. That’s worrisome because the pandemic threatens to make matters worse. But a new American Medical Association study reports that prescriptions of opioid drugs decreased 37% in 2019, the sixth year in a row. That…

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• We wear masks because we do not want to contribute to the spread of COVID 19. The purpose of a facemask is primarily to prevent transmission of virus to others.

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There are some interesting research developments in the field of diabetes, potentially leading to the development of treatment, future prevention and cure for the disease.

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You may have heard that there is a virus going around. There’s also been a lot of information, misinformation, disinformation and rumor surrounding it as well.

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Parents of kids under age 5 often schedule their child’s annual checkup for around their birthday. That practice may influence who gets the annual flu shot. Researchers found that kids whose birthdays fall between September and December — when flu shots first become available — had higher ra…

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Zinc isn’t just an ingredient in the lozenges you might take when you feel a cold coming on. It’s also crucial to communication among the neurons — or nerve cells — in your brain, whether those neurons are helping you remember what lozenges to buy or eavesdrop on a conversation in the next p…

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For more than a decade, tobacco companies have been compelled to sponsor antismoking advertising campaigns. New research suggests the effort hasn’t quite caught fire.

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Roughly 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. has a recent prescription for a pain medicine, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Six percent of those prescriptions are for opioids.

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In addition to the search for an effective treatment for acute COVID-19 infection, other avenues to combat the virus include monoclonal antibodies and challenge trials of candidate vaccines.

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Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States is an unpaid caregiver for an adult with health or other functional problems, up from 1 in 6 in 2015. Almost one-quarter of these caregivers are caring for more than one person.

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Women tend to live longer than men after a major illness, and the reason may be differences in how they seek treatment.

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Most people who should be getting annual lung cancer screenings, specifically current and former smokers, aren’t, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials recommend annual screenings for current smokers or those who quit in the past 15 years and who have a his…

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In the 1978 NBA championship finals between the Washington Bullets and the Seattle Supersonics, Bullets’ coach Dick Motta, having been asked about his team’s frame of mind when their prospects of winning the series seemed dim, replied, “The opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.”

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