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Federal Court Rules In Favor Of States Seeking Free Access To Birth Control Under ACA

December 14, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump Administration’s attack on affordable birth control from taking effect in California, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and New York.

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Del Monte Foods Announces Limited Recall Of Canned Fiesta Corn Due To Under-Processing

December 13, 2018

Del Monte Foods Inc. announced a recall of 64,242 cases of Fiesta Corn Seasoned with Red & Green Peppers due to under-processing. These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed. 

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AG Herring Combats Opioid Crisis With Innovative New Program For Teens

December 11, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring yesterday announced a partnership between his office and the Preventum Initiative to implement FEND (Full Energy, No Drugs), an opioid education and prevention campaign for Virginia teenagers. FEND will be an addition to the AG’s existing approach to the opioid epidemic.

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Supreme Court Declines To Hear Louisiana, Kansas Planned Parenthood Case

December 10, 2018

Today, on a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case that would have by law disallowed the use of Medicaid for any services at Planned Parenthood clinics in Louisiana and Kansas. While federal funds may not currently be used to pay for abortions, the monies may be used to access other medical services at these clinics.

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Virginia Health Officials Release Adult Tobacco Use Survey Results

December 7, 2018

The Virginia Department of Health has released results from the 2016-2017 Virginia Adult Tobacco Survey.

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Seasonal Flu Vaccinations Now Available At Giant Food

December 5, 2018

 Giant Food, the leading greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, announced today that flu shots are once again available at all of its in-store pharmacies for both adults and children. The vaccinations are administered by Giant's dedicated and certified in-store pharmacists and are often covered in-full by most insurance plans.

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Alexandria’s Winter Shelter Opens Nightly Through March 31

December 4, 2018

The City of Alexandria announced the Winter Shelter will remain open every night through March 31, 2019. The shelter, which opens at 7 p.m. nightly, is located at 5701-D Duke Street (Landmark Mall). Pickup is available at three locations in Alexandria.

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Virginia Health Information Publishes HMO Cost & Quality Report

December 4, 2018

In the ever-changing healthcare landscape, consumers are more interested than ever about the cost, availability and quality of their healthcare plan. Virginia Health Information has published its Compare HMOs report to help consumers find, compare and choose the HMO that best meets their needs.

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Kaine Speaks As Senate Advances His Bill To Combat Alzheimer’s Disease

November 30, 2018

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, applauded Committee passage of legislation he introduced with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) called the Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act. 

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FDA Statement On Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Investigation

November 27, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. The investigation suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to “end of season” romaine lettuce harvested from these areas. The involved areas include the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California.

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