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02 Nov 2015

Costs Vary Widely for Hip and Knee Replacements

The cost of a hip or knee replacements in Virginia can vary widely — by more than $120,000 — depending on the hospital, according to an analysis of recently released federal data.

14 Dec 2013

Richmond’s HIV rate among highest in U.S.

Richmond has one of the nation’s highest rates of people living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

14 Dec 2013

How we compiled the HIV-AIDS data

The date for this report came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has a website with data and maps on the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases at the county level and the state level.

14 Dec 2013

Richmond grapples with other STDs

HIV/AIDS isn’t the only sexually transmitted disease prevalent in Richmond. The city also ranks high nationally in three other STDs — gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis — that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks on a city and county level.

09 Dec 2013

Southside residents, clergy fight back against AIDS

It’s been an uphill battle for Lindsay Bryant, who’s one of many trying to combat the ongoing debacle of HIV/AIDS in Richmond and the rest of Central Virginia.

11 Nov 2013

HIV-AIDS: Our data and map

Here are the data used in our report on HIV and AIDS in Virginia. We’ve also posted a larger view on the map showing the HIV-AIDS rate for each locality.

10 Nov 2013

HIV/AIDS takes grim toll in Richmond

About 2,330 Richmond residents are infected with HIV/AIDS, and the city’s infection rate is the highest in Central Virginia – almost four times the statewide average.

09 Nov 2013

More dying on the job in Virginia

Workplace fatalities in Virginia increased 15 percent last year. And in the Richmond area, the numbers of workplace deaths were higher in 2012 than they have been in five years, according to federal and state data.

13 Oct 2013

¡Que horrible! Latinos lack health insurance

More than one-third of Hispanics under age 65 living in the South are without health insurance coverage.

13 Oct 2013

Map of uninsured Hispanics in the U.S.

This map shows the percentage of Hispanics residents in each state who did not have health insurance in 2011.

08 Oct 2013

Product recalls since 2009

Here is the data used in our report on company-issued recalls. We downloaded the data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website, and then we analyzed it by sorting, filtering and creating pivot tables with Microsoft Excel.

08 Oct 2013

Salmonella is top reason for recalls

Salmonella contamination is by far the most common reason for food products to be recalled.

24 Sep 2013

1 in 5 Amelians lacks health insurance

Amelia County has one of the highest proportions among Virginia localities of residents without health insurance.

24 Sep 2013

Map of uninsured Virginians

This map, based on data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows the percentage of residents in each Virginia locality who did not have health insurance in 2011.

17 Sep 2013

Joint replacement: $117,000 — or $26,000?

Some Virginia hospitals charge far more than others for the same procedure, according to data recently released by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

21 Apr 2012

Claimants see injustice in judge’s denials

An administrative law judge in Richmond rejects nearly eight of every 10 claims for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits — one of the highest denial rates in the country. Lawyers and claimants say Judge Drew Swank is unfair, and they have filed complaints against him.

21 Apr 2012

Judge Swank: In his own words

Last year, Drew A. Swank, an administrative law judge who handles disability claims for the U.S. Social Security Administration in Richmond, wrote an article titled “Welfare, Income Detection, and the Shadow Economy” for the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy.

21 Apr 2012

Search our database on Social Security Administration judges

With this search tool, you can see summary statistics on each administrative law judge who has decided Social Security Administration disability cases. You’re searching a database of about 1,700 judges who have handled disability cases since October 2009.

21 Apr 2012

About the Social Security disability rulings data

The data for this report came from the Social Security Administration. For each fiscal year, the agency’s Office of Disability and Adjudication Review posts a “public use data file.” This file shows how many decisions each administrative law judge made; it lists how many cases were denied, partially approved and fully approved.

20 Dec 2011

Radford Ammo Plant Tops Va. in Toxic Releases

Over the past six years, the Radford Army Ammunition Plant has released more toxic chemicals into the environment than any other facility in Virginia — about 78.5 million pounds of chemicals that may harm people’s health. And while toxic releases have been declining statewide, the Radford plant’s emissions increased last year.

14 Nov 2011

Survival Rate of Babies in Africa Increases

Babies have a better chance of survival in Africa today than they did just a decade ago. At the start of the millennium, of every 1,000 babies born in African, 98 died before their first birthday. By 2009, the continent’s infant mortality rate had fallen to 80 deaths per thousand.

04 Aug 2011

Community Celebrates at 22nd African-American Cultural Arts Festival

“Sankofa”, meaning “to go back or take” in a Ghanian language, was the theme for this year’s African-American Cultural Arts Festival at Booker T. Washington Park, now in its 22nd year.

01 Aug 2011

SlutWalks Sweep the Globe in Their Fight Against Victim Blaming

By Elise Chretien On April 3, 2011, Sonya Barnett and Heather Jarvis had no idea what they were creating when they hosted the first SlutWalk in Toronto. Now, only three short months later, SlutWalks have spread to over 30 countries and 100 cities, half of which are major cities in the United States. When asked how it felt to watch […]

01 Aug 2011

Significant Increase in Number of Americans Working Past Retirement

Four days a week, Betty Gilley is at work early, 6:30 a.m. to be exact. The old­est in her office, the petite, golden haired woman is known as a fast walker and a dili­gent worker. With close to 44 years of ser­vice, Gilley retired in 2010 with plans to work in her flower gar­dens and […]

30 Jul 2011

Turning Up The Heat On The Homeless

With Richmond facing record summer temperatures, various organizations are banding together to keep the homeless cool and hydrated. By Sean Collins-Smith, Ashley Sabin and Amy Vu.

26 Jul 2011

Black Women and HIV in Virginia

Black women are 15 times more likely to be living with HIV than White women in Virginia. 

22 Jul 2011

Recovery through their eyes

Six people, six different drug-recovery stories.

18 Jul 2011

New recovery center works the steps, aims to change the system

Brewer has been clean for almost four years and is now the senior peer leader at the Caroline County Recovery Center. The center – a partnership between Caroline County’s Commonwealth Attorney Tony Spencer and The McShin Foundation in Richmond – was established in February. It uses McShin’s model of peer recovery, where drug addicts help each other using 12-step based recovery.

11 Jul 2011

The Nation’s Battle Against Sexual Violence

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10 Jul 2011

Janet Hall: A story of healing, forgiveness and faith

Janet Hall is a Black woman living with HIV. Click the photo of her to hear her story. Photo by: Saquoia Freeman

26 Jun 2011

McShin Foundation alumni stick together through recovery

By Veronica Garabelli VCU’s Multimedia Journalism Master’s Program  The McShin Foundation is a peer recovery program in Richmond helping people addicted to drugs get clean. We spoke to some alumni at their alumni barbecue and found out why this specific program worked for them. In two weeks, we’ll take a look at a faith-based recovery […]

16 Dec 2010

HPV Vaccine Also Stirs Controversy

The HPV vaccine has been administered millions of times since it was introduced in 2006. Since then, the VAERS database has received more than 18,000 reports of patients having negative side effects, including muscle pain, fainting, dizziness, seizures and severe flu-like symptoms. In 60 cases – including one in Virginia – a patient died after receiving the HPV vaccine, according to the VAERS data.

06 Dec 2010

Some Say Flu Vaccine Does Harm

Federal officials have received reports of about 11,000 adverse reactions – including 66 deaths – possibly associated with the administration of vaccines for influenza or the H1N1 virus (commonly called swine flu) in 2010. Over the past five years, the system has recorded a total of 38,000 incidents, including 219 deaths, possibly linked to flu vaccines.