Health & Medicine

Health & Medicine
5:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Navigating the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Enrollment is set to begin October 1st for Virginia’s new health insurance marketplace, which will be operated by the federal government.

The exchange that opens this week is for individuals, while the small business program—known as “SHOP”—will open on November 1st.  But not every plan will be available everywhere in the Commonwealth.

 

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Health & Medicine
4:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Physical Therapy Goes to the Dogs at Virginia Tech

Flori Sforza leads Maya into the underwater treadmill
Beverly Amsler

Many people undergo rehabilitation for several weeks or even months following a knee or hip replacement.  That type of therapy has now crossed over into the canine world. 

Flori Sforza dons a wet suit and leads Maya into a narrow underwater treadmill, which looks like a rectangular bathtub made of transparent glass. 

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Health & Medicine
4:30 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Doctor Shortage in Virginia

As the demand for health care services is set to expand under the federal Affordable Care Act, a new report suggests that Virginia is in short supply of those doctors needed to handle the influx of patients.

The need for primary care and family practice doctors will be especially great.  The state's Joint Commission on Health Care is looking for solutions. 

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Virginia Department of Health
4:24 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Online Health Survey

Your responses—or lack of participation—in a new round of surveys by the Virginia Department of Health could very well impact what kind of services are available in your area.

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Hold on Tight
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hard Wired for Friends

A new study from the University of Virginia suggests human beings are hard-wired for friendship – that our brains actually view friends and loved ones as part of ourselves.  

You might remember UVA Professor Jim Coan from studies he’s done on hand-holding.  He put women in an MRI scanner and threatened to administer a mild electric shock to their ankles – then watched what their brains did.

“When you’re alone in the MRI scanner, facing the threat of electric shock, your brain is pretty active. As one of my students said, it lights up like a Christmas tree.”

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