Health and Medicine

Laboratory Testing Underway
12:16 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Targeting Cancer

Dr. John Herr
Credit University of Virginia School of Medicine

Scientists have made important advances in detection and treatment of some cancers, but doctors have few tools when it comes to the diagnosis of ovarian and pancreatic cancer. 

Now, a surprising discovery at the University of Virginia may lead to new tests for and treatment of those and other deadly forms of cancer.

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Chronobiology: Clocks & Rhythms
3:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Rise and Shine: A Study of Sleep

Brianna Rakouska ’17 studies for a French exam late into the evening at W&L.
Credit Washington & Lee University

Plenty of people spend at least part of their time at college sleeping through class, but at Washington and Lee University, students have the chance to enroll in a course where they’ll learn why.

Assistant Professor Natalia Toporikova was invited to design an undergraduate course that would  teach students the basics of science:  how to interpret studies, how to develop a hypothesis and test it.  What better way, she thought, than to study the subject of sleep?   It was not her decision to schedule that class at 8 a.m.

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Health & Medicine
8:06 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Deeds Shares His Story on "60 Minutes"

Credit CBS News

State Senator Creigh Deeds speaks on television for the first time since his son's suicide, and he’s taking his mental health care message to a national audience.

In an interview with Scott Pelley for “60 Minutes” Creigh Deeds discusses what he feels is a “critical failure in mental health care”.

That “failure” he talks about ended in the death of his 24-year-old son Gus, who attacked him with a knife, shortly before taking his own life last November.

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Health & Medicine
8:32 am
Thu January 23, 2014

VA Medicaid Expansion Could Cost Less Than Expected

New numbers released this week show that the state would save and not spend money, by implementing the new federal health care law. 

In a media briefing in Richmond yesterday, Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel stated that previous estimates of costs involved in implementing the affordable health care act in Virginia, are outdated and that the new numbers are based on more accurate data than was available in previous years.

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Blood Donations Needed
8:29 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Polar Vortex Leads to Blood Shortage

Last week’s polar vortex and resulting sub-freezing temperatures forced many Virginia businesses and schools to close, and many events to be cancelled or rescheduled… including a number of all-important blood drives. Now a blood shortage is a big concern.

Approximately 280 blood drives across 25 states were cancelled last week due to the extreme cold weather conditions… and THAT has the American Red Cross scrambling for blood donors and donations.  Kristen Hatfiled is with the Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region.

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