Health and Medicine

Hold on Tight
4:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hard Wired for Friends

A new study from the University of Virginia suggests human beings are hard-wired for friendship – that our brains actually view friends and loved ones as part of ourselves.  

You might remember UVA Professor Jim Coan from studies he’s done on hand-holding.  He put women in an MRI scanner and threatened to administer a mild electric shock to their ankles – then watched what their brains did.

“When you’re alone in the MRI scanner, facing the threat of electric shock, your brain is pretty active. As one of my students said, it lights up like a Christmas tree.”

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Health & Medicine
4:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Virginia Nursing Home Faces Possible Medicare Termination

Recently a jury in Spotsylvania County awarded a family more than $1.4 million dollars in a negligence suit against a local nursing home. The facility has a history of safety violations.

Joseph Roberts Junior, a 47-year-old veteran, arrived at the Carriage Hill Nursing and Rehab Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia in May 2011. He had broken his hip and had a host of other medical conditions -- including numbness and paralysis on one side. He was taking pain killers for severe back trouble and was being treated for depression.

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Health & Medicine
4:56 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

New Reseach Clinic Studies Children with Cerebral Palsy

The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke is now home to a neuromotor research clinic for children suffering from cerebral palsy and other brain injuries. 

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Prevalent in the U.S. Food Supply
4:41 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

GMO Research

While Americans are growing more health-conscious and monitoring what they eat, the latest trend is becoming more aware of foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms.

But a Virginia nutritional counselor says GMO labeling is not so obvious in the packaging, and more foods contain GMOs than one might suspect.

Wendy Vigdor Hess is the author of the book, "Sweetness Without Sugar."  She says some countries have banned GMOs, but Hess says they saturate the U.S. food supply.


 

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Allocating Limited Resources
11:30 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Children & Mental Illness

One in five Virginia children and youth suffer from mental disorders—and in about half of those cases, it's so severe that it's disruptive to the home and school life.

And while incidents like Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings have brought more attention to the issue, parents of children with these disorders say it should NOT take another tragedy for government officials to finally respond to their calls for additional help. 

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