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University of Virginia
10:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

International Conference on Rare Vision Disorder

A normal eye is pictured above. Below is the eye of a child with aniridia, a congenital eye disorder. People born with the disease have no iris and are generally legally blind.
Credit Aniridia Foundation

An international conference is underway at the University of Virginia.  It will draw fewer than 200 people to talk about a very rare disease, but what happens there could prove important to millions of patients.

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Virginia's Gifting & Disclosure System
4:22 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Giving Back the Gifts

Governor McDonnell speaking on Washington radio station WTOP now says that not only is he paying back all loans received from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, he is also returning all gifts.

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Health & Medicine
4:02 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

High Tech Mannequins Train Nursing Students

This week, medical professionals from around the state met to discuss a surprising topic – simulated patients.  More and more medical and nursing schools are relying on high-tech mannequins to teach valuable lessons, before students actually lay hands on humans.  

Noelle is a perpetually pregnant mannequin who lives at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.  She has a heartbeat and blood pressure, eyes that open and close, joints at the hip, knee and ankle, a womb, a baby who’s been delivered thousands of times – and thanks to various computer programs, she talks.

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Saving a Landmark
7:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Efforts Underway to Preserve Natural Bridge

Credit www.naturalbridgeva.com

Thomas Jefferson once owned it-and you could too….It’s the Natural Bridge property and attractions in Rockbridge County, up for sale and scheduled for public auction in November.


But in an effort to save and preserve the landmark, Congressman Bob Goodlatte  has proposed the property actually be considered for addition to the  national or state park system.


And in the latest move to protect the tourist attraction from a sale, a new coalition has been created by the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council and Valley Conservation Council.

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Thousands of Artifacts Found at W&L
4:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Remnants in the Ruins

Credit Washington & Lee University

  There’s been hot debate over the question of whether guns belong on today’s college campus, but scholars at Washington & Lee University have made a surprising discovery.  It seems firearms were very common at school in the 1700s and 1800s. 

That detail and other aspects of student life have emerged from a university construction site where archaeologists have found thousands of artifacts.  

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