Health and Medicine

Virginia Tech Research
4:54 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Unlocking the Secrets of Aging

The signs of aging are clearly visible, hair turns gray, wrinkles appear. But scientists at Virginia Tech think they’ve found a new way to measure aging on the cellular level. 

It could lead to new ways to diagnose and determine the causes of certain illnesses.

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E-Cigarette Dangers
4:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Nicotine Not As Safe As Once Thought

The recent trend toward e-cigarettes as a way to avoid the dangers of smoking may not be as safe as previously thought.  Scientists at Virginia Tech now say nicotine; even in non-smoke-able forms can,  cause cancer.

There’s now an entire industry based on smoking cessation aids, such as nicotine gums, lozenges and the newest delivery devices, e- cigarettes.  But according to Geneticist, Skip Garner, nicotine itself, once thought to be merely addictive is also carcinogenic.

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Gaps in Treatment
4:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Children & Mental Health Issues

While the attack on State Senator Creigh Deeds and subsequent suicide by his son have brought more attention to the issue of mental health in Virginia, child advocates say there are significant gaps in how children and adolescents receive treatment.

It’s because since the tragedy last year, the number of young people who are admitted to mental health facilities has risen—but the number of available beds at a specialized facility has not.

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Entrepreneur Initiative
4:40 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Another Way to Draw Blood

Credit Photo: Dan Addison/University of Virginia

People who spend much time in an American hospital may begin to feel like they’re surrounded by vampires. 

Blood testing is a key part of modern medicine, and patients may be subject to dozens of needle sticks over the course of a week.  Now, a device developed by students at the University of Virginia could change all that. 

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Part 2 of 2
2:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

"Situation Room" for Patient Safety

Credit UVA Medical Center

The University of Virginia Medical Center admits more than 28,000 patients a year and does nearly 54,000 outpatient surgeries.  

When you’re dealing with so many sick people, things are bound to occasionally go wrong, but the federal government ranks UVA below the national average in five of thirteen categories linked to patient safety.  That one man is leading the charge to eliminate medical mistakes at UVA, and he’s set up a war room to do the job.
 

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