The University of Virginia is one of six university medical centers to win a $7 million dollar grant from the federal government that should save patients time and money while providing better care.
When you go to your primary care doctor with a complaint, he or she might refer you to a specialist, but the University of Virginia Medical Center has another idea – one that could save time and money. The E-Consult program allows family doctors who are part of UVA’s health sustem to send a patient’s medical record along with a request for advice.
Virginia’s medical marijuana law may soon be expanded. The House of Delegates has given preliminary approval to legislation that would allow the prescribed use of certain oils derived from marijuana if they are used for the treatment of epilepsy. The legislation appears to be sailing through both chambers of the General Assembly.
Scientists at the University of Virginia have made what could be an important breakthrough in treating cancer. They’ve discovered a substance released by lung cancer cells that enables them to spread – beginning their deadly march to other parts of the body. Biochemist Marty Mayo says finding that substance, called Activin A, could lead to a simple blood test for certain cancers.
Twenty years ago, the idea of vaccinating people against cancer was a dream, but then scientists discovered that a virus actually caused several kinds of cancer, and they came up with a vaccine to prevent infection.
Virginia was the first state in the nation to require that girls be vaccinated – assuring that they would never get cervical cancer, but many Virginia parents are opting out.
The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable care act is about two weeks away. Under the law, anyone without a plan in place by February 15th will face fines.
For many, the process is confusing and even daunting, but if you haven’t signed up yet and would like to, there’s still time. A non-partisan group called “Enroll Virginia” is offering free help over the phone or in person for anyone who has not chosen a health coverage plan.