Health & Medicine

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.  

Life After Knee Replacement

Mar 4, 2013

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. 

Trends at the Table

Feb 28, 2013

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.

Governor McDonnell took part in a news conference this week – welcoming representatives of the pharmaceutical industry to Richmond, and singing the praises of clinical trials in the Commonwealth.  That might seem like a noble thing, but it could also have been part of a push to improve the industry’s image as it protects future profits through new state laws.

 

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