Health and Medicine

Third World Medical Records

Oct 23, 2014

The outbreak of ebola in Africa is a nightmare, but for one Virginia man it’s an opportunity to launch the software he’s been working on for ten years – a program he believes could help to prevent future epidemics that begin in poor countries. 


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. 

Virginia's First Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Oct 17, 2014
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.

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.

Modeling the Path of Ebola

Oct 15, 2014
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.