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.
A new strain of bird flu has been identified in China. Scientists at Virginia Tech are helping quickly analyze data to identify risk factors, limiting potential spread of the deadly virus.
The new strain of flu, H7N9 has been seen only in China. So far, around one hundred and thirty cases have been confirmed. Some have proved fatal. The virus appears to be affecting only people who handle live birds infected with the strain.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled companies cannot patent human genes, it may be cheaper to have a genetic test that identifies women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, but the test is not appropriate for most women and might provide a false sense of security.