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Urgent call for blood and platelet donors

Donations through the Red Cross are down approximately 8 percent over the last 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,000 fewer donations than expected. The number of donors continues to decline, and the shortfall is significant enough that the Red Cross ...

Protecting women's access to birth control

The Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act comes on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.

VCU Medical Center wins national top honor for safety and quality

The American Hospital Association has recognized the VCU Medial Center for its leadership.

Former model’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis thrusts disease in the spotlight

Now, former model, restaurateur and decorator B. Smith has announced she has Alzheimer’s. The news began to circulate early Friday morning, as a of Smith’s interview with CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook was posted online. The full ...

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people ...

CDC: Thousands sent to the ER by preventable pool chemical injuries

Nearly half of these preventable injuries were in children and teenagers and more than a third occurred at a home. Pool chemical injuries were most common during the summer swim season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and almost half ...

May is American Stroke Month

Stroke is the top preventable cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, yet 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

VCU to offer free oral cancer screenings

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to the free screenings, VCU also will host the fifth annual Oral Cancer Walk at 9 a.m. on April 19 at Byrd Park. All proceeds raised from the charity walk will ...

VCU plans free oral cancer screenings event

April is National Oral Cancer Awareness Month. In addition to the free screenings, VCU also will host the fifth annual Oral Cancer Walk at 9 a.m. on April 19 at Byrd Park. All proceeds raised from the charity walk will ...

U.S. invasive cancer rates slightly down

Rates of invasive cancer cases among U.S. men and women dropped slightly from 459 per 100,000 persons in 2009 to 446 per 100,000 persons in 2010, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Breast cancer in young women

Most breast cancers are found in women who are 50 years old or older, but breast cancer also affects younger women. About 11 percent of all new cases of breast cancer in the United States are found in women younger ...

Foot Care Tips for Diabetics

Diabetics have to take special care of their feet. The disease can cause peripheral neuropathy—otherwise known as nerve damage.

Watch Out for Prediabetes

Being overweight comes with chronic disease risks, such as higher cholesterol and higher blood pressure. These increase the risk of developing other diseases, including diabetes, which is at epidemic levels in the black community.

VCU Health System open to talks on independent, free-standing children’s hospital

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority Board has authorized senior management to enter into formal discussions with interested parties that could lead to an independent, free-standing children’s hospital in Richmond.

Drexel meningococcal disease death came from Princeton

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has confirmed that the March 10 death of a Drexel University from serogroup B meningococcal disease was caused by a strain from Princeton University’s serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak. They matched the strain by ...