Health and Medicine

No-Snip Solution
3:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Pet Birth Control Idea Wins $20K UVa Entrepreneurship Cup

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The American Humane Society calls pet overpopulation a tragic problem, forcing shelters to euthanize millions of cats and dogs each year. 

Now, students at the University of Virginia have a solution – a non-surgical, reversible form of birth control for pets. 

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Reducing Injuries on the Mat
1:18 pm
Sun November 30, 2014

Communicating with the Flip-Chip

A University of Virginia Medical Clinic sees one or two patients a week for injuries from…of all things…yoga.

That’s an unfortunate side effect of the practice’s boom…20.4 million Americans do yoga and on average spend $500 a year on clothes and retreats. 

In a downtown Charlottesville gym, I am surrounded by the standard yoga gear:  a mat, two foam blocks, a strap, and a blanket, but for the first time in the ten years that I’ve taken yoga , a teacher hands me a coaster-sized accessory I’ve never seen before -- called a Flip-Chip.

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Health & Medicine
4:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

VA's Uninsured Children

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A Virginia child advocacy organization has a new take on "No Child Left Behind"—that is, making sure all children in Virginia have health insurance.

And while that is possible right now, Voices for Virginia's Children says that could change in the very near future if federal lawmakers don't act.

The good news, according to Voices' Margaret Nimmo Crowe, is that Virginia’s rate of uninsured children is 5.4% — which is relatively low. However there are still more than 100,000 children in Virginia who are uninsured.

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Health & Medicine
4:40 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Using National Parks To Inspire Physical Health


In recent years, as the National Park Service has faced deep funding cuts and a stagnant number of visitors, the country's demographic changes have made its problems more pronounced.

Most visitors to National Parks are white, and increasingly, they're also older.  For instance,  Virginia’s  Shenandoah National Park is one of the nation’s most visited and accessible parks, yet recent research out of the University of Idaho indicates that 92% of visitors in 2011 were white.  

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An Artificial Solution?
8:33 am
Thu November 13, 2014

A Possible New Option for Type One Diabetics

About three million Americans have Type One Diabetes - a condition that makes it impossible to get energy from food.  Every day, 80 more people join the ranks, and there is no cure, but scientists at the University of Virginia may have a device that could make life for people with diabetes a whole lot easier. 

As a kid Justin Wood had heard about diabetes.   His mother was a nurse who specialized in treating the disease - teaching patients to give themselves regular shots of insulin so they could digest sugar.  He told his mom it sounded awful.

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