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West Virginia occupies a top slot on almost every awful health ranking: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and others.

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West Virginia is among the top five states on just about every national chronic disease list. Journalist Kate Long investigates what's behind the state's poor showing.

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It’s crazy enough that some states make certain records public while other states ban them from public view. Even crazier: in some states, every county has a different set of rules. Here's how one journalist coped.

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Death certificates can be among the paving stones leading to a dangerous health practitioner. Here's a case in point.

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Binge drinking on the rise, smoking marijuana doesn't hurt your lungs, and surprising news about aspirin and heart health, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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A year ago, knowing her family history of diabetes, a retired teacher got a blood test at a health fair. Nine months later, thanks to a new exercise regimen, she's off most of her blood pressure medication.

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A formerly sickly child, West Virginia's top health official finds himself in the position to affect the health of more than 400,000 West Virginians enrolled in Medicaid, DHHR's biggest program.

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Journalist Kate Long's home state faces staggering health problems, prompting her project to explore West Virginia’s rising tide of chronic disease and obesity and the considerable efforts by its residents to reverse it.

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Lori McComas Chaffins spent a decade battling an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs before she decided to change her life.

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Childhood diseases rise along with vaccine exemptions, comic strips and medicine, the benefits of private hospital rooms and more from our Daily Briefing.

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