Health

Trim the fat

Dr. Angela Harden-Mack stands in the education room inside the Winchester Bariatric Center beside a line of supplements that are some of the tools provided to patients to assist in weight loss. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 28th, 2015

Weight loss is a popular practice in America, but can be difficult to achieve.

Strasburg woman paints a new outlook on life

Summer Abruzere paints the storefront window at Pot Town Organics in Strasburg. Abruzere paints local merchant's windows for free as a form of therapy for recovery from surgery for a brain tumor two years ago. Rich Cooley/Daily

January 27th, 2015

STRASBURG – This past Christmas, Summer Abruzere’s daughters gave her the greatest gift — a book of memories. The photo album was meant to remind Abruzere of what she meant to her family and who she was to them.

Encouraging signs

David Iser, of Gore, talks about his 9-year-old daughter Courtney, who is a participant in a clinical study conducted by Dr. Paul Lyons, of Winchester. Lyons is  researching the effect of Epidiolex, a liquid formulation of pure cannabidiol derived from the cannabis plant, on treatment-resistant epilepsy.  Josette Keelor/Daily

January 21st, 2015

WINCHESTER — The results of an epilepsy study being conducted in Winchester have not been confirmed yet, but the signs have been encouraging.

Learning experience

Elyssa Weber, 18, a student in Warren Memorial Hospital's Nurse Aide Training Program, checks the blood pressure of Lynn Care Center resident JIm Trott while nurse educator Julie Dellinger looks on.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 7th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — All of the nurse educators with Valley Health’s Nurse Aide Training Program are registered nurses, but they didn’t start that way. When they entered the health care field, each one started as a nurse aide.

She’s No. 1

Alicia Riggleman, left, and Rob Riggleman, of Inwood, West Virginia, welcomed their daughter Riley Ellen Riggleman at 12:16 a.m. on Thursday at Winchester Medical Center. Riley is the first baby born in a Northern Shenandoah Valley hospital in 2015 and the only one born Thursday.  Josette Keelor/Daily

January 2nd, 2015

WINCHESTER — Riley Ellen Riggleman is only two days old, but she’s already achieved something most people haven’t.

Flu season hits hospitals hard

January 1st, 2015

The flu has had hard-hitting effects on the Northern Shenandoah Valley, and health care professionals have warned area residents to do their part in helping not to spread the virus.

Ebola concerns top headlines in health

December 26th, 2014

Concerns about the Ebola virus spreading to Virginia topped health headlines in the second half of a year that also featured news on the launch of Valley Health’s EpicCare system and area treatment options for drug addiction, mental health and sexual assault or domestic violence.

Area hospitals alter visitation for flu season

December 22nd, 2014

Influenza incidence has increased around the area, prompting hospitals in the Northern Shenandoah Valley to alter their visitation policies to help protect visitors, staff and other patients from illness.

Front Royal girl upbeat despite genetic disorder

Christine Jenkins of Front Royal holds her 10-year-old daughter, Carlie, who has Rett syndrome, a rare genetic neurological disorder that affects mostly females. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 18th, 2014

FRONT ROYAL — Fifth grader Carlie Jenkins can’t walk or talk, but according to her mother Christine “Chrissy” Jenkins, the 10-year-old expresses herself through her eyes.

Recovery

Cindy Bowman, director of nursing at Addiction Recovery Systems, sits inside the methadone dispensing  lab at the new facility on Front Royal Pike in Winchester. Methadone is used to treat heroin addicts in an effort to give up heroin and avoid withdrawal symptoms.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 10th, 2014

The long-awaited Winchester location of Addiction Recovery Systems’ methadone clinic has opened and has started treating area residents battling drug addiction.

Local hotel offers a helping hand

December 5th, 2014

Around the holidays, people will travel to see their loved ones. But some folks are unable to, either due to cost or medical conditions.