Health

Free clinic: Uninsured face penalties

February 10th, 2015

The open enrollment period for health insurance provided through the Affordable Care Act ends Sunday, and the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic recommends area residents research their options before it’s too late.

Donation to fund medical lab at Winchester school

February 6th, 2015

WINCHESTER — A $140,000 donation from the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation in Fairfax will help Winchester Public Schools expand its high school level Career and Technical Education Program.

Measles concerns abated with vaccinations

February 2nd, 2015

Most Americans have heard of measles, but until about 20 years ago, few doctors had ever seen symptoms of it. Dr. Charles Devine III, health director of the Lord Fairfax Health District, said he remembers the first case he ever saw two decades ago.

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.