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9:48 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Vaccine Study

With the arrival of spring, flu season comes to an end.  Officials say 2013 was an especially bad year, with much of the country reporting high rates of disease. 

The Centers for Disease Control recommended anyone over the age of six months be vaccinated, but many took a pass.  A new report from Virginia Tech sheds some light on why parents might choose to ignore medical advice when it comes to vaccines.

Professor Bernice Hausman  and her colleagues were asked to investigate, and what they found was a bit of a surprise. 

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Northern Virginia Communities Healthiest
4:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Health Rankings Statewide

The annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps lists Fairfax County as number 1, followed by Loudoun, Arlington, Albemarle, and York Counties. 

Meanwhile, Henry, Dickenson, Buchanan, and Tazewell Counties were at the bottom followed by the city of Petersburg, which had the least healthy residents. 

All 133 Virginia localities listed in the report were measured on the length and quality of life as well as health factors. 

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Health & Medicine
5:10 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Closing State Training Centers

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Virginia is in the process of closing its state centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Last year  the commonwealth reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It helped spur a movement that began decades ago to people out of institutions and into private homes, where they could receive the most compassionate, least restrictive care.  

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Knee Replacement Surgery
2:47 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Life After Knee Replacement

Each year, half a million people in this country have knee replacement surgery, and by 2030 that number is expected to reach three million. After surgery, you might expect those patients to be more active and to lose weight, but a study by Virginia Commonwealth University suggests the opposite is true – and that could spell trouble for the nation’s long-term health. 

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Health & Medicine
12:33 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Trends at the Table

Two new surveys from the Centers for Disease Control suggest some progress in improving the way Americans eat, but experts are not ready to celebrate yet.

“If you were in the like the 20-39-year-old age group, you were more likely to consume fast food.”

John Sirard is a professor at the University of Virginia, specializing in exercise and its impact on the body.  He says African-Americans also tended to consume more fast food than white or Hispanic adults.  Looking at children, the CDC found overall consumption of calories down, but childhood obesity was up three percent.

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