Health Archive

Group wants investigation of baboon's strangulation

NORFOLK An animal welfare watchdog group is asking a federal agency to investigate and fine Eastern Virginia Medical School for the death of a baboon that accidentally strangled itself with a chain in a research lab in February.

State board took action against hospital official

CHESAPEAKE The chief medical officer at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center was placed on probation for several months in 2010 and 2011 by the Virginia Board of Medicine following instances in which he began procedures on the wrong side of a patient's body, according to board documents.

4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted

SAN FRANCISCO A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.

Feds won't release info on health website security

WASHINGTON After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in.

Community Health details attack on patient records

FRANKLIN, Tenn. Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.

Mosquitoes in Norfolk test positive for West Nile

Two mosquito pool samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a news release from the city's Department of Public Health. The first sample was collected July 24 in Ingleside and the second was collected on Aug. 5 from the North Shore Point neighborhood.

Missionary visits Ebola-stricken wife in hospital

CHARLOTTE, N.C. An American missionary has been released from quarantine and has visited his wife, who is being treated for the deadly Ebola virus. After David Writebol's quarantine was lifted Sunday, he says he headed to Atlanta, where his wife, Nancy, remains in isolation at Emory University Hospital.

Chesapeake health system upbeat after down year

The Chesapeake Hospital Authority lost money in the budget year that ended this summer after a "perfect storm" of problems, officials said.

Born addicted: Hospital treats drug-exposed newborns

NORFOLK Janice Copeland knows as soon as she hears the babies cry. Picking them up confirms her fear. They writhe from her touch, jerking to get free.

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