Health and Medicine

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2:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Cocoa Power

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, scientists at Virginia Tech have new evidence that one particular ingredient in chocolate could give some people more reason to love it.

Ironic as this sounds at first, scientists at Virginia Tech say compounds in one of the ingredients in chocolate appears to help prevent diabetes and promote weight loss.  Sounds sweet, right?  Actually, it’s just the opposite says Andrew Neilson, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Technology

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First Patient in a New Study
5:24 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Drug Company Will Provide Experimental Medication

Josh Hardy/Family Photo

It's not often that the public hears of a positive outcome from a mass social media movement, but a Fredericksburg boy battling cancer has been given a second chance after his community issued a call for help. 

Josh Hardy's school principal describes how their community rallied to support the family and convince a pharmaceutical company to answer that call.
 

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Sustainable Agriculture or Seeds of Death?
5:14 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Debate Continues Over Genetically Engineered Food

Genetically Engineered food has become a hot button in this country.  Supporters say cross breeding plants is as old as farming itself. Opponents fear today’s high tech methods have created something that may be dangerous in the long run.

A comment period by USDA ended last week, as scientists and activists continue the debate over the idea of genetically modified crops.

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Evaluating the Mental Health System.
4:17 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

New Guidelines for Managing Psychiatric Crisis

Virginia will have new rules for managing people in a psychiatric crisis under final legislation approved on the last day of the General Assembly session. 

The bills extend the length of time that a person in a dangerous state of mind can be held in an emergency and ensure that a secure psychiatric bed will be found. this is only the first step for an initiative that will also evaluate how well the new system works.

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Paying for Services
4:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Medicaid Expansion & Mental Health

Credit Kaiser Health News

As the effort continues to press the Virginia House of Delegates to jump on board with Medicaid expansion, mental health advocates are warning of what could happen if those who are uninsured remain so. 

One coalition says that while both chambers have made addressing mental health a priority this session, those who suffer from illnesses will still face many challenges if they do not have the means to pay for critical services.

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