Son of Norman Vincent Peale
1:56 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

John Peale Shares His Story

Recently, one of the nation’s best-known religious leaders announced that his 27-year-old son had committed suicide. 

Rick Warren , pastor of a mega-church in Southern California and author of the best-selling Purpose Driven Life said Matthew Warren had suffered from depression.  Here in Virginia, the son of another church superstar says he can relate.  

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UVA studies mild electrical stimulation
1:38 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Help for Fibromyalgia

(l-r) Nursing Professor Joel Anderson, Ph.D, Nursing Student Bridget Houlahan, and Nursing Professor Ann Gill Taylor.
Credit Dan Addison via UVA

Nearly six million Americans – most of them women -- suffer from a mysterious condition called Fibromyalgia. 

It causes widespread pain, and there is no cure, but researchers at the University of Virginia report low-level electrical stimulation can cause changes in the brain – and for many study subjects bring relief.

Nursing professor Ann Gill Taylor heads UVA’s Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and says patients with fibromyalgia report a range of symptoms. “Fatigue, sleep disturbances, sort of a cognitive fog and a very poor quality of life.”

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Predictor of Success
1:07 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Middle School Mindset

There’s intriguing news from the University of Virginia’s department of psychology.  Scholars there say the quality of a kid’s friendships in middle school is a great predictor of his or her future health and success. 

If you think back to your days in junior high - when you were 13 or 14 - did you have good friends?

Did you sometimes stand up to peer pressure, or did you always go along to get along? 

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Big Brain Theory
5:37 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pure Genius

Discovery Channel

Who will become America’s next great innovator?  That’s the question the Discovery Channel is hoping to answer with a new reality show called, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” A grad student from Virginia Tech is one of ten people chosen after they sent video applications to the producers.

Amy Elliot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech is one of two women selected from thousands of applicants around the country. The Discovery Channel’s new reality TV show combines the drama of competition with the world of science, technology and engineering.

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Sequestration and Defense Industry
5:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bracing for Cutbacks

While other states with a high military presence brace for the effects of sequestration, Virginia leaders are preparing for a double whammy with the possibility of another Base Realignment and Closure of key facilities.  

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Sandhya Dirks arrived in Iowa in January of 2012 as a general assignment reporter. Since coming to Des Moines she has covered the Statehouse and traveled across Iowa to bring back stories for IPR. Sandhya was previously a reporter at KALW in San Francisco, covering education and criminal justice issues. Her work was awarded a SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and a regional Edward R. Murrow award.

Most recently, Sandhya earned her Master of Science from Columbia Journalism School in New York. Her master’s project was an investigative documentary about international adoption for which she was awarded the Pasty Preston Pulitzer Documentary Fellowship.

Sandhya’s favorite public radio program is Radiolab.

Amy Mayer is a reporter based in Ames. She covers agriculture and is part of the Harvest Public Media collaboration. Amy worked as an independent producer for many years and also  previously had stints as weekend news host and reporter at WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts and as a reporter and host/producer of a weekly call-in health show at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amyââââ

Contemplative Practices
9:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Sound of Silence

Virginia Tech

In recent years, there’s been growing interest in what are known as the ‘contemplative practices,’ pursuits such as, meditation, mindfulness, yoga and Chi Gong.  

Many say the increasing presence of technology in our daily lives makes it makes it more difficult to feel connected to our own humanity.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:27 am
Mon April 29, 2013

VaNews for 04.29.13

Virginia Republicans who voted for Governor McDonnells transportation bill are preparing to defend themselves against primary challengers who accuse them of supporting higher taxes...and an administrative skirmish in Chesterfield County has cost the circuit court clerk part of her staff.

Those were two of the most frequently read newspaper stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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