West editorial roundup

West editorial roundup

Recent editions of West Virginia newspapers:

17 July

The Inter-Mountains cause the delay in medical marijuana law of West Virginia: t

Perhaps it is strange that the main obstacle associated with medicinal law marijuana is West Virginia to apply not a health care aspect but rather, rather, banking. But, as an Associated Press story a few days ago, that is the case.

State officials believe that they may have found a way to prevent federal laws preventing financial institutions from working with marijuana producers and sellers. There may be several months to implement the banking solution.

Legislators of medicinal marijuana allowed in 2017, with the goal of having businesses in place by July 1. This has not happened – and state officials say that it may take another two years to implement all the jigsaw puzzles.

These include rules for patients seeking medical marijuana (in fact, the active chemical ingredient, not the consumable plant). And, rules must be established for producers and retailers.

While this is all going on, Western Wardens will think that their health could be improved through medicinal marijuana to be impatient. Their frustration is understandable.

But, as we have previously suggested, it is very important to correct the system – or as much as possible. Particularly when it relates to health and safety concerns, including law enforcement concerns, no corner should be cut.

Online: http://www.theintermountain.com/


16 July

The Herald-Dispatch has the effects of obesity in the Huntington area: t

The Huntington area has made progress in the fight against obesity in the last decade or so since The Associated Press gave the city the city of Fattest City the shameful title, but more work still exists.

This issue is a concern – or should be – because obesity is a risk of causing various diseases and other health conditions that affect people's lives or harm their quality of life. People who are best known include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer.

However, there is a further adverse impact on outbreaks of obesity, and there has been little public discussion.

Obesity can harm liver liver in unpredictable ways. The prevalence of obesity in the Third State has led to a downturn in liver disease which may become worse in the next decade, and the region's hospitals are not prepared for it, says Dr Uma Sundaram, research and postgraduate education at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at the University of Marshall.

“We're just looking at the top of the iceberg in terms of what we have to do to look after these patients,” said Sundaram with Secretary-General Herald-Dispatch an article in a Sunday newspaper.

A major factor is obesity in relation to non-alcoholic fat liver disease (NAFLD), or the excessive fat buildup around the liver, Sundaram said.

NAFLD is divided into two conditions: non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), usually does not damage the liver; and non-alcoholic steitishepatitis (NASH), including liver inflammation (hepatitis) and can lead to life-threatening diseases such as cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.

In general, approximately 10% of NAFL cases are normally referred to NASH, neither of which has clear signs.

Nationally, between 28% and 30% of adults are at risk of developing NAFLD, but the numbers may be worse in this area.

In a study of all patients through the doors of Marshall Health's main campus, Cabell Huntington Hospital, and Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (all nearby buildings in Huntington), between 56% and 60% are at risk for NAFLD, Sundaram said. That's more than twice the national average.

This equates to over 130,000 individuals in the Three States alone and the potential to develop NAFLD, and few are aware of it.

NASH is the main cause of liver transplant, but West Virginia is not prepared to deal with what may come. West Virginia says that they have access to the latest treatment for obesity and their difficulties, Sundaram said. No hospitals in the State comply with liver liver transplants partly because they are so expensive. On average, a transplant costs $ 600,000 to $ 1 million to replace the liver and six months after aftercare.

Is this a valid concern, or as a complete dissolution case based on a defective interpretation of statistics? Even the physicians at Cabell Huntington can not say for sure that an epidemic of liver disease is not only ten years away, but it is something that we still need to be prepared for us.

Efforts will be needed in many ways to prevent this potential increase in liver disease. People need to be more careful about their diet and they need to make sure they get enough exercise. Schools are working on teaching children better eating habits. It was better for state and federal governments and private insurers to prepare for the health care costs they could incur if the worst case scenario arises.

The baseline is the fight against obesity in the Huntington area, which is not nearly all around it, and only more expensive and more expensive battles can take place just a few years down the road.

Online: https://www.herald-dispatch.com/


July 14th

The Program-Aralt on the debate on educational reform during a legislative session of West Virginia:

While Senate President Mitch Carmichael and his Republican minions were spending an extraordinary time this legislative season on behalf of the chartered schools in the name of educational reform, many policies were left out of the table and many important voices were left out of the discussion.

The final result? Reform is urgently needed. You do not have to study the menu for a long time to see that the issues being sought in West Virginia are trying to look after them. However, education should be high on the priority list. What is clear, disappointing and contradictory is that the legislative agenda in this particular subject is guided by those who have a profit intent – not those who are genuinely interested in shaping our children's education.

In today's Program-Herald page, reporter Erin Beck takes important voices with high school graduates and education experts and recent economic policies – perspectives that have not been heard, dismissed or specifically mentioned. during the school reform debate.

The things we read in Beck's story are two simple reality: Our children would prefer to find and build a career here at home. They love it here – the natural beauty, their families, their friends, the sense of community, it all – and they want to stay. This comes loud and clear.

So they are also disappointed that they have to move out of the state. Because they can read the handwriting on the wall, as they can analyze the arc of the coal mining industry, they are not inclined to underground. They are looking for economic diversification, so that there are jobs that can benefit from them, which would contribute to local and state economies.

This is the second opinion: Our political leaders are failing to marry economic and educational policy, rather than treating them as separate and distinct entities and not seeing their symbiotic relationships. As John Deskins, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of West Virginia, said in the story, “I am afraid that the discussion has focused too narrowly on all of these discussions on chartered schools and not on the other issues that All that is facing us is complicated. ”

Mara Casey Tieken, associate professor of education at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, added: “One thing that can be a real challenge to education policy-making, and in particular rural education policy-making, is that it is often done. not in co-ordination with other types of policies. ”

This year the Legislature came to the fore and this is disappointing. This latest pass could reflect our collective thinking about how to improve education in West Virginia seriously and effectively. To achieve this, legislative leaders must be willing to hear from educational experts, even drawing on them – and not particularly interested – to help write a credible and workable plan.

Be clear: Camichael et al. were not interested in improving educational outcomes as they demand. If they were, we could all have a strong conversation about how to structure a school curriculum that speaks of different interests, establishes separate study trails, caters for those watching the trades, those who are passionate about them. arts with special competences in STEM.

But only the Institute's staff were making their donations – google Americans for Prosperity to get the details – which is quite nice and flush with money when the campaign season goes around.

Of course, there are smarter ways forward without chartered schools, and there is a more serious and effective policy that could be developed and developed.

We recommend – re-legislators to provide funding for social services around so many of our children who come from homes where the drug epidemic is approaching. This section of this omnibus legislation was immediately necessary.

So also with the 5% percent of teachers' pay to rise. This should help to attract and fill high caliber candidates and fill some of the 700 class posts where uncertified teachers are delivering lessons in subjects that they are not investing in or familiar with.

But chartered schools? They do not decide anything that is broken. But we know who they are and not school children in this state.

Online: https://www.register-herald.com


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