Health & Medicine

Health & Medicine
12:27 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

A Few Days of Fatty Foods Could Alter Metabolism

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Did you indulge in high fat foods over the long holiday weekend?  Well, a new study by Virginia Tech nutrition experts find that just five days of that could set you up for inflammatory diseases like diabetes. 

The study finds it’s not weight gain, but subtler changes to the way muscles metabolize nutrients that sets in after just five days of a high fat binge.  Professor of human nutrition, food and exercise, Matt Hulver led the study.

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Virginia Tech Research
3:52 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Changing Mosquito Gender

Undergraduate students Jessica Overcash and Mallory Brangan
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Scientists at Virginia Tech are one step closer to controlling a species of mosquito that carries deadly disease. It’s not a pesticide or repellant, it’s a gene that can literally change the gender of a mosquito from potentially deadly females to harmless males.

Sex matters in mosquitos, because it is females only which bite to nourish their young. That’s how they can spread disease.  Bio Chemistry Professor Jake Tu is part of the team that discovered the elusive gene called NIX, which can change female mosquitos and their offspring into males. 

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Law & Crime
11:43 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Child Abuse Hotline: "Please Call Back"

Social workers are apologizing, today, for deleting more than 200 unheard voicemail messages on a child abuse hotline. 

If teachers, doctors or neighbors suspect child abuse, they can call a special hotline to report anonymously, and an agency known as Child Protective Services is supposed to investigate, but for six months last year in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, that didn’t happen. 

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Shalom Farms in Goochland
11:46 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Down on the Farm: Discovering Local Food Sources

A recent survey showed 28% of Virginians have a hard time getting fresh fruit and vegetables in their communities.  What’s more, half of kids said they would head for a fast food restaurant or convenience store if given $5 for food. 

To counter those problems, a group of teachers is taking Richmond kids to the farm, where they dance, sing and discover the wonders of compost. 

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Community Service & Volunteerism
4:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Give a Crop - or Chop - to those in Need

Plenty! in Floyd.

Food banks are a lifesaver, but they don’t always make for the healthiest of diets.  A volunteer organization in Floyd County is moving to bring more fresh vegetables and healthy proteins to the table. 

The food bank and farm known as PLENTY in Floyd County, is constantly coming up with ways to provide that missing link.  Connecting people who have surplus food with others who don’t have enough. 

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