Health & Medicine

Affordable Care Act
4:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Business of Healthcare Strategy Session

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, implementation of the Affordable Care Act is coming, and the reality is it will have an impact on businesses—large and small. 

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce led a strategy session for its members to help make implementation less burdensome.

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Cycling for Charity
10:53 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Bike the US for MS

The weather this week has been perfect for a bike ride and some Virginians are taking full advantage.

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Immunotherapy Approach
3:24 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Brain Cancer Research

Credit National Cancer Institute

Researchers at the University of Virginia say they’ve found a possible target for treating the most common and deadly form of brain cancer, and this discovery could lead to treatments that will attack other forms of cancer. 

Glioblastomas are an aggressive form of brain cancer which spreads like ivy and cannot be completely removed with surgery. 

There is no cure, and patients, on average, live less than two years, but scientists at the University of Virginia have identified an enzyme – DGK Alpha -- that could be essential to the formation of malignant brain tumors.

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Accupuncture for Animals
4:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Veterinarians Practice Holistic Healing

Dr. Marge Lewter works with Cathy Leatherwood and her dog, Mississippi.

Holistic approaches to healing are getting more popular, not only for humans, but for their best friends.

The sign outside Dr. Marge Lewter’s office in Blacksburg says ‘Holistic Veterinarian.’ That means she uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. The office is scented with geranium oil.  She sees one patient at a time and appointments can be more than an hour long as she carefully observes the animals.

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Focused Ultrasound
4:23 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Parkinson's Study Underway at UVA

Credit UVA/Photographer: Robert Frysinger

The University of Virginia will soon begin a study that could help people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Doctors will use focused sound waves to modify the brain and – they hope – eliminate or reduce tremors.

The University of Virginia is one of many medical centers experimenting with the use of focused ultrasound.  Doctors use soundwaves to destroy unwanted tumors and other tissue they can see using magnetic resonance imaging. 

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