Health and Medicine

When Seconds Count
4:55 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Reducing Hospital Errors

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people a year die as a result of hospital errors. 

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Obamacare Series Continues
2:41 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Roanoke Times Digs into the Affordable Care Act

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.


 

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Pregnancy Center Investigation
7:17 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Pregnancy Centers Found to Misinform Pregnant Women

A pro-choice group is out with some surprising charges about a chain of centers offering help to women dealing with unwanted pregnancies. 

NARAL-Pro Choice Virginia spent a year doing an undercover investigation of 56 Crisis Pregnancy Centers and found many of them giving bogus medical information:

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H7N9 in China
5:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VT Researchers Study New Flu

Chickens in a Chinese live bird market.
Credit Virginia Tech

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. 

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Genetic Testing
5:13 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

At High Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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. 

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