Health and Medicine

Health & Medicine
4:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Virginia Nursing Home Faces Possible Medicare Termination

Recently a jury in Spotsylvania County awarded a family more than $1.4 million dollars in a negligence suit against a local nursing home. The facility has a history of safety violations.

Joseph Roberts Junior, a 47-year-old veteran, arrived at the Carriage Hill Nursing and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia in May 2011. He had broken his hip and had a host of other medical conditions -- including numbness and paralysis on one side. He was taking pain killers for severe back trouble and was being treated for depression.

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Health & Medicine
4:56 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Reseach Clinic Studies Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke is now home to a neuromotor research clinic for children suffering from cerebral palsy and other brain injuries. 

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Prevalent in the U.S. Food Supply
4:41 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

GMO Research

While Americans are growing more health-conscious and monitoring what they eat, the latest trend is becoming more aware of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms.

But a Virginia nutritional counselor says GMO labeling is not so obvious in the packaging, and more foods contain GMOs than one might suspect.

Wendy Vigdor Hess is the author of the book, "Sweetness Without Sugar."  She says some countries have banned GMOs, but Hess says they saturate the U.S. food supply.


 

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Allocating Limited Resources
11:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Children & Mental Illness

One in five Virginia children and youth suffer from mental disorders—and in about half of those cases, it's so severe that it's disruptive to the home and school life.

And while incidents like Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings have brought more attention to the issue, parents of children with these disorders say it should NOT take another tragedy for government officials to finally respond to their calls for additional help. 

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Diabetes and Vision
4:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

CavCam Diagnoses Eye Damage

Diabetes is a dangerous disease that can lead to blindness, but some people don’t know they have it, and others refuse to make changes needed to prevent complications.   

Now, an eye doctor at the University of Virginia has come up with a relatively cheap and easy way to diagnose eye damage and to motivate patients.

For more than a decade, Dr. Paul Yates has been searching for a camera that could help him examine the backs of patients’ eyes.  The quest began during his years as a resident at Harvard.

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