Health and Medicine

Government & Politics
4:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Officials Address Problems at Salem VA Town Hall Meeting

Psychologist Dr. Phil Lehman takes questions, Salem VA Medical Center leaders sit at the table - pictured are Dr. Miguel LaPuz and Dr. Anne Hutchins.

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to examine the policies and procedures in place that have seemingly failed thousands of veterans seeking healthcare, VA Medical Centers nationwide have been holding town meetings to hear from those directly affected by the system. The concerns raised at the VA Medical Center in Salem this week echoed those heard nationwide. 

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UVA Research
5:20 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Drone Attack on Cancer

SAS1B

A research team at the University of Virginia reports possible progress in fighting ovarian, breast, uterine, renal, head and neck and pancreatic cancers, and if you’re a taxpayer in Virginia, you’re an investor. 

Dr. John Herr is a specialist in human reproduction, and he’s identified a specific protein on the surface of mature human eggs.  Search other places in the bodies of men and women, and you won’t find that protein – unless the individuals in question have cancer.  Herr and Dr. Eusebio Pires report the protein, called SAS1B, shows up on many different tumors:

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Health & Medicine
6:35 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Leading Ebola Reasearcher Talks Vaccination Development at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire
Credit The Scripps Research Institute

As the global effort to contain the Ebola outbreak continues, a leading American expert on the disease spoke to students at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute about the virus – and why it’s important to understand the disease on a basic, molecular level. 

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Enterovirus
8:49 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Enterovirus D-68 Still Not Confirmed in Virginia

While there have been a number of Virginia children admitted to area hospitals with respiratory illness symptoms, none of the cases have been confirmed as the D-68 strain of Enterovirus that has struck hundreds of children in other states.

That’s because testing for the virus is not a quick process.  

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Law & Crime
6:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Conference in Roanoke Emphasizes Region's Growing Heroin Problem

Medical, law enforcement, and drug recovery officials at yesterday's meeting in Roanoke

In the past year, heroin and opiate abuse has become significantly more prevalent in the Roanoke Valley – but it has not received the attention it deserves. Law enforcement and medical officials gathered in Roanoke yesterday to speak on the issue, indicating that it’s time to acknowledge and act on the detriment addiction has caused. 

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