Health and Medicine

Healthcare in Southwest Virginia
7:56 am
Mon October 6, 2014

An Collaborative Effort Breaks Ground. Actually... Breaks Concrete!

Credit www.jchs.edu

Health care officials from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, and Radford University are celebrating a collaborative effort in a unique way.  

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Law & Crime
3:03 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Heroin and Prescription Drug Summit in Virginia

Surprised by a growing epidemic of heroin and pain killer abuse, state officials held a summit meeting today to talk about why 900 Virginians lost their lives to opiate-based drugs last year and what should be done about it.  

Honesty Liller was not the girl you’d expect to be a heroin addict.  She grew-up in a middle-class household near Richmond in a two-parent family, graduated from high school at 16 and had an after school job.  She also started drinking and using drugs at the age of 12.

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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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