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Post archive for ‘Health’

A Jealous Kind of Love
April 26th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

When it comes to love, jealousy is sometimes thought of as “natural” or even desirable. But a recent survey led by Mindy Erchull (University of Mary Washington) suggests that women who see jealousy as a positive thing may be more likely to find themselves in abusive relationships. Also: Tragedies like the Newtown shootings dominate the […]

Extreme Nursing in Bush Alaska
March 15th, 2014 - (1 Comments)

There is an extreme shortage of nurses in “bush” Alaska, a stunningly beautiful part of the world only reachable by plane or barge.  Maria DeValpine (James Madison University) has spent the last three years learning why nurses elect to stay in this challenging environment on the edge of the earth. And: Courses that include service learning […]

The Get Better Show
January 25th, 2014 - (5 Comments)

The spice turmeric may be the spice of life. Aarthi Narayanan (George Mason University) is studying the power of curcumin, a molecule found in turmeric, in stopping the spread of potentially deadly viruses. Narayanan grew up in India, where turmeric has long been used to treat illness and inflammation. Also: A new method of fighting […]

Start the Year Off Right
January 11th, 2014 - (2 Comments)

You can’t finish something you haven’t started. Francis Bush (Virginia Military Institute) started running late in life and has now completed more than 60 marathons. Plus: Women’s soccer coach Corey Hewson (University of Mary Washington) shares advice for new runners and those training for a half-marathon. Also: In American religious life, east often meets west, […]

Pedal Power
September 14th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Call it affordable, sustainable transportation. Call it public health. Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech) has looked at who is riding bikes and why, and the infrastructure cities need to make cycling safer and more convenient. Buehler’s book City Cycling emphasizes that bicycling shouldn’t be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough […]

Those Who Can…Teach
June 22nd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Much bigger than technology or classroom space, the most important factor in determining student success is having a good teacher. In two 15-minute sessions, Bob Pianta (University of Virginia) can tell whether a teacher is good or bad—regardless of their subject matter. Plus: Heralded by Time as one of the ten best college presidents, Freeman […]

The Case for Coffee
March 9th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Call it java, brew, mud, the a.m. savior, or just coffee. Many people can’t conceive of starting their day without their dose of caffeine. Lisa Pawloski (George Mason University) is a part of team of researchers who say coffee may reduce the risk of liver disease. Also featured: Some of us are more apt to […]

Jurassic Squid Ink
December 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

The ink’s been dry for 160 million years—but scientists have now confirmed pigment in two fossilized ink sacs from squid-like animals. John Simon (University of Virginia) examined the Jurassic ink sac from the floor of a long-gone sea in the United Kingdom. Also featured: Thousands of kids are duking it out for the title of […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: What We Now Know
November 24th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

When 62 year old Bill Wood turned to his wife at the funeral of a family member and asked, “Who are all these people?” she knew something was terribly wrong. Alzheimer’s Disease had struck the witty and dapper former newspaper editor early. His wife Carol Wood (University of Virginia) describes her daily challenges as she […]

Impact of Brain Injury on Relationships
November 17th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

The aftermath of traumatic brain injury can devastate a couple, because the caregiving partner must forge a relationship with someone who has changed dramatically and the injured partner must learn that they are indeed changed. Psychologists Jeffrey Kreutzer and Emilie Godwin (Virginia Commonwealth University) are among the few therapists in the country who are focused […]