Health & Medicine

Cancer Research
5:46 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Virginia Scientists Predict a Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

Histopathology of urothelial carcinoma of the urinary bladder.

Scientists at the University of Virginia have made a surprising discovery that could mean more effective treatments for a range of deadly cancers.

John Herr is professor at UVA’s medical school - an expert on cell biology, and he’s devoted many years to studying the unique properties of the human egg.  His most exciting find could be good news for people who develop uterine, pancreatic, bladder, renal and ovarian cancers.

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Health & Medicine
4:55 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

F.R.E.E. Foundation Equips Patients

Rhonda McAleer, George McAleer, and Sonja Schaible
Credit photo by Beverly Amsler

Some patients leave the hospital with walker or wheelchair in tow, ready to begin their rehabilitation at home.  But for others, it’s not so easy.  Maybe they don’t have insurance or their insurance might not pay for the medical equipment they need to continue to improve. That’s where a program which started in Roanoke steps in. 

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Health & Medicine
10:43 am
Fri May 3, 2013

UVA Salt Study

Doctors have long advised people with high blood pressure to cut back on salt consumption, but a new study from the University of Virginia says that may not be necessary. 

Dr. Robin Felder put 183 people on a salt-free diet and monitored their blood pressure for seven days.  He then gave the same people a week of meals high in salt, and was surprised to find that only one in four responded with an increase in blood pressure.

“Twenty-five percent of individuals are salt sensitive, and about 11% are inverse salt-sensitive, and everybody else sits in the middle," he said.

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UVA studies mild electrical stimulation
1:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Help for Fibromyalgia

(l-r) Nursing Professor Joel Anderson, Ph.D, Nursing Student Bridget Houlahan, and Nursing Professor Ann Gill Taylor.
Credit Dan Addison via UVA

Nearly six million Americans – most of them women -- suffer from a mysterious condition called Fibromyalgia. 

It causes widespread pain, and there is no cure, but researchers at the University of Virginia report low-level electrical stimulation can cause changes in the brain – and for many study subjects bring relief.

Nursing professor Ann Gill Taylor heads UVA’s Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and says patients with fibromyalgia report a range of symptoms. “Fatigue, sleep disturbances, sort of a cognitive fog and a very poor quality of life.”

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Predictor of Success
1:07 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Middle School Mindset

There’s intriguing news from the University of Virginia’s department of psychology.  Scholars there say the quality of a kid’s friendships in middle school is a great predictor of his or her future health and success. 

If you think back to your days in junior high - when you were 13 or 14 - did you have good friends?

Did you sometimes stand up to peer pressure, or did you always go along to get along? 

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