Health and Medicine

UVA Medical Center Discussion
10:01 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ebola: Health Care Pros on the Front Lines

Centers for Disease Control Safety Training Course
Credit CDC

While state officials express confidence, health care professionals are preparing on the front lines. 

At the University of Virginia Medical Center staff was invited to a lunch-time discussion of ebola.  That presentation suggests one of Virginia’s premiere teaching hospitals could handle a couple of cases but maybe not a major outbreak. 

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Health & Medicine
5:51 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Virginia's First Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Credit US Department of Justice

 It’s been 45 years since the Vietnam War ended, but American veterans are still dealing with the effects of Agent Orange, a mixture of toxic chemicals used in the deforestation of the fields upon which thousands of American military personnel fought against a communist opposition.

During the war, the government insisted the herbicide was harmless, today, veterans know all too well that is not the case.

Virginia’s first “Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting” is taking place in Lynchburg.

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CDC Protocals
5:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Virginia's Health Commissioner Discusses Ebola Preparedness

Credit Centers for Disease Control

The possibility that a now-deceased Ebola patient could have spread the virus to fellow travelers as he waited in a Virginia airport has prompted several state lawmakers to ask Governor McAuliffe to use his authority to impose travel restrictions on Dulles Airport.

But the state’s Health Commissioner cautions against overkill … and says Virginia's health professionals are doing everything they can to keep the situation under control.

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VT Bioinformatics Institute
2:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Modeling the Path of Ebola

Bryan Lewis
Credit Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute

When it comes to a disease as frightening as Ebola, it may be comforting to know teams of scientists are working to understand possible future scenarios:  How the virus might spread, and how that could be best stopped. 

Scientists from a dozen universities have been tasked by the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health to model possible future scenarios for the path of the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa.  The group is known as MIDAS for Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study.

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Half of Virginians Can't Afford It
5:09 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Obstacles to Oral Health Care

Many Virginians don't have health insurance,  but that number is dwarfed by those who can't afford oral health care.

Because poor dental hygiene also leads to other health problems, Virginia lawmakers are now studying the most feasible ways to address the problem.

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