An international conference is underway at the University of Virginia. It will draw fewer than 200 people to talk about a very rare disease, but what happens there could prove important to millions of patients.
This week, medical professionals from around the state met to discuss a surprising topic – simulated patients. More and more medical and nursing schools are relying on high-tech mannequins to teach valuable lessons, before students actually lay hands on humans.
Noelle is a perpetually pregnant mannequin who lives at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing. She has a heartbeat and blood pressure, eyes that open and close, joints at the hip, knee and ankle, a womb, a baby who’s been delivered thousands of times – and thanks to various computer programs, she talks.
A hunger relief program at Washington & Lee University has garnered the attention of Governor McDonnell for contributing to the life and welfare of low-income rural residents in Rockbridge County. Volunteers at the Campus Kitchen Project put the saying “Waste not, want not” to good use.
The Roanoke Times presents another installment of its series examining how the Affordable Care Act will change how you access and pay for health care. Reporter Lawrence Hammack and his colleague David Ress have been investigating the impact of the new law on individuals, businesses, and health care providers in Virginia.