Health and Medicine

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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Mini-Med School at UVA
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Adventures in Health Care

Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

In these last weeks of summer, faculties are gearing up for the onslaught of college students, but at the University of Virginia there’s great excitement about another group – community residents with an interest in medicine. 

Each year, UVA organizes a free seven-week program that gives the average person a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on in medical school.

Before starting Hotcakes, a busy restaurant in Charlottesville, Keith Rosenfeld gave serious consideration to medical study.

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University of Virginia
10:49 am
Wed July 31, 2013

International Conference on Rare Vision Disorder

A normal eye is pictured above. Below is the eye of a child with aniridia, a congenital eye disorder. People born with the disease have no iris and are generally legally blind.
Credit Aniridia Foundation

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.

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