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Leaders Focus On Groundbreaking Cancer Research In Virginia

September 20, 2018

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network hosted its fourth annual Cancer Research Breakfast this morning at the Inova Center for Personalized Health Conference Center. The event featured cancer researchers from five of Virginia’s leading research institutions, discussing the latest breakthroughs in the battle against cancer.

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Warner, Kaine Praise Senate Passage Of Comprehensive Opioid And Substance Abuse Bill

September 18, 2018

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) today praised Senate passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a comprehensive substance abuse treatment bill to address the national addiction crisis. The bipartisan bill passed 99-1 after months of work in several Senate committees.

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City of Alexandria Reminds Residents of Medicaid Coverage Open Enrollment Beginning November 1

September 18, 2018

On Nov. 1, an estimated 6,000 Alexandria residents will be among more than 400,000 adults in Virginia who will become eligible to enroll in quality, low cost health insurance due to a change in Medicaid rules. Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of low-income Americans, including individuals, families and children, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

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Fighting Fall Allergies

September 17, 2018

Leaves are falling and summer is winding down, but autumn brings little relief for many allergy sufferers.  Ragweed pollen troubles millions of people with allergies.  The pollen may not grow where you live, but it can travel hundreds of miles on the wind.  Do not confuse allergic reactions with cold symptoms.

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National Recovery Month Community Celebration On September 26

September 14, 2018

Alexandrians can help raise awareness about the impact of substance abuse and mental illness during a National Recovery Month Community Celebration on Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m., at the Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria.

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State Health Officials Stress Awareness Of Hazards During And After The Storm

September 13, 2018

The Virginia Department of Health urges the public to make final preparations for shelter and supplies today and early tomorrow, ahead of Hurricane Florence’s expected landfall Friday, Sept. 14. It is also important to prepare for what the storm leaves behind and to be aware of the health and safety risks that windswept debris, floodwaters, and power outages may pose to your family and the community.

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Governor Launches First Real-World Testing Of Innovative, In-Car Alcohol Detection Technology To Save Lives

September 12, 2018

On Sept. 10, Governor Ralph Northam launched the Driven to Protect public-private partnership that is developing technology to eliminate drunk driving and save lives on Virginia roads. The partnership is the first between a state government and the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program to deploy in-vehicle alcohol detection sensors that will determine when a driver is impaired with a blood alcohol concentration at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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Governor Northam Proclaims September Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

September 12, 2018

Today, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer urged men across Virginia to talk to their health care providers about their individual risk for prostate cancer and the appropriate medical course of action for those who are diagnosed with the disease.

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Seasonal Flu Vaccinations Now Available At Giant Food

September 11, 2018

Giant Food 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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Five Ways For Parents To Become Savvy About Hidden Added Sugars

September 10, 2018

Ask ten parents how much added sugar their child consumes each day and there is a good chance that at least nine of them will have no clue or will underestimate it. Research published in the International Journal of Obesity reported that 92% of the parents surveyed in the study underestimated the added sugar content in foods and beverages.

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