Health and Medicine

Traits & Charachteristics
3:56 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Making Sense of the Psychopathic Mind

The disappearance of Hannah Graham reminds parents of the need to warn their kids about dangers in the world, but it’s not an easy job  -- especially as children grow into young adults.  Experts in the field of psychology say it might be a good idea to teach kids the “P” word. 

When members of the so-called Islamic state began beheading American and British journalists and aid workers, recording and posting the executions online, one mother pleaded publicly with them to spare her son.  That plea failed, perhaps because the killers are psychopaths or sociopaths.

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Team Effort
9:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Skype in the NICU

One of eight babies in this country is born prematurely.  Some will be under intensive care for months, while worried parents wait and wonder how their newborn is doing. 

At the University of Virginia’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, nurses are trying something new to ease the anxiety of families and build trust with the medical team.  

Halima Walker sits in a rocking chair, holding her daughter Cora.  The baby was born at 23 weeks, weighing under two pounds and has been in neo-natal intensive care for more than 3 months.

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Health & Medicine
7:24 am
Tue September 23, 2014

VA Lawmakers to Examine State Autism Services

Dr Joseph Ashley testifies before the Autism Advisory Council.

Services for children and youth with autism spectrum disorder have improved over the last five years…but the system that provides the services is complex and not uniformly accessible statewide.

That’s one of the findings this week of the Autism Advisory Council-the panel of lawmakers who will identify problems and make recommendations to the General Assembly about how to make the state programs more effective. The demand for long-term services has continued to grow. 

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Health & Medicine
11:09 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Creating Healthy Life Habits Through Art

Hold your smartphone at arm’s length and point the camera at yourself….the term “selfie” was officially added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this year. Now, some Roanoke and Blacksburg High School art students are creating another kind of selfie; one that could influence their health habits in years to come. 

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Government & Politics
4:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Officials Address Problems at Salem VA Town Hall Meeting

Psychologist Dr. Phil Lehman takes questions, Salem VA Medical Center leaders sit at the table - pictured are Dr. Miguel LaPuz and Dr. Anne Hutchins.

As the Department of Veterans Affairs continues to examine the policies and procedures in place that have seemingly failed thousands of veterans seeking healthcare, VA Medical Centers nationwide have been holding town meetings to hear from those directly affected by the system. The concerns raised at the VA Medical Center in Salem this week echoed those heard nationwide. 

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