Health and Medicine

UVA Research
5:20 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Drone Attack on Cancer


A research team at the University of Virginia reports possible progress in fighting ovarian, breast, uterine, renal, head and neck and pancreatic cancers, and if you’re a taxpayer in Virginia, you’re an investor. 

Dr. John Herr is a specialist in human reproduction, and he’s identified a specific protein on the surface of mature human eggs.  Search other places in the bodies of men and women, and you won’t find that protein – unless the individuals in question have cancer.  Herr and Dr. Eusebio Pires report the protein, called SAS1B, shows up on many different tumors:

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Health & Medicine
6:35 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Leading Ebola Reasearcher Talks Vaccination Development at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire
Credit The Scripps Research Institute

As the global effort to contain the Ebola outbreak continues, a leading American expert on the disease spoke to students at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute about the virus – and why it’s important to understand the disease on a basic, molecular level. 

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8:49 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Enterovirus D-68 Still Not Confirmed in Virginia

While there have been a number of Virginia children admitted to area hospitals with respiratory illness symptoms, none of the cases have been confirmed as the D-68 strain of Enterovirus that has struck hundreds of children in other states.

That’s because testing for the virus is not a quick process.  

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Law & Crime
6:32 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Conference in Roanoke Emphasizes Region's Growing Heroin Problem

Medical, law enforcement, and drug recovery officials at yesterday's meeting in Roanoke

In the past year, heroin and opiate abuse has become significantly more prevalent in the Roanoke Valley – but it has not received the attention it deserves. Law enforcement and medical officials gathered in Roanoke yesterday to speak on the issue, indicating that it’s time to acknowledge and act on the detriment addiction has caused. 

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Recommendations Expected
4:31 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Mental Health Panel Studies Disparities in Care

The legislative panel formed to examine and help improve Virginia’s mental health system spent hours learning foundational facts about mental illnesses, treatments, how the state’s system of care works, and how it is funded. 

One consensus that seems to be emerging among the joint subcommittee’s members is that there’s a disparity in services across the Commonwealth. While the multi-year study continues, panel members hope to endorse some recommendations for the next General Assembly session.  


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