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Health & Medicine
4:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Physical Therapy Goes to the Dogs at Virginia Tech

Flori Sforza leads Maya into the underwater treadmill
Beverly Amsler

Many people undergo rehabilitation for several weeks or even months following a knee or hip replacement.  That type of therapy has now crossed over into the canine world. 

Flori Sforza dons a wet suit and leads Maya into a narrow underwater treadmill, which looks like a rectangular bathtub made of transparent glass. 

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Health & Medicine
4:02 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

High Tech Mannequins Train Nursing Students

This week, medical professionals from around the state met to discuss a surprising topic – simulated patients.  More and more medical and nursing schools are relying on high-tech mannequins to teach valuable lessons, before students actually lay hands on humans.  

Noelle is a perpetually pregnant mannequin who lives at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.  She has a heartbeat and blood pressure, eyes that open and close, joints at the hip, knee and ankle, a womb, a baby who’s been delivered thousands of times – and thanks to various computer programs, she talks.

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