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Post archive for ‘Health’

Evicted from the Mountains
August 1st, 2015 - (0 Comments)

When Shenandoah National Park was built, hundreds of families were forced off their land. Margaret Marangione (Blue Ridge Community College) says new information has emerged suggesting that some of them were sent to state colonies and sterilized. Plus: Veterans of the Revolutionary War collected the nation’s first pensions for wounded soldiers. But Benjamin Irvin says […]

Pedal Power
March 21st, 2015 - (3 Comments)

Call it affordable, sustainable transportation. Call it public health. Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech), in his book City Cycling, emphasizes that bicycling shouldn’t be limited to those who are trained, fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. Also featured: In an effort to curb pollution and congestion, cities across the U.S. have adopted […]

Landscapes of Longevity
February 21st, 2015 - (3 Comments)

Blue zones are areas of the world that have been identified as having the longest expected lifespans. Reuben Rainey and Asa Eslocker (University of Virginia) explain the factors that create these “landscapes of longevity.” Plus: Today, most computers have more than one tiny silicon brain that makes them tick—this is called parallel computing. And yet, kids […]

HIV Education in the African American Church
January 10th, 2015 - (0 Comments)

Since the first case of AIDS was reported in the United States more than 30 years ago, prevention programs have been successful at curbing the number of new cases of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. But those programs are often aimed at young people. Psychologist John Fife (Virginia State University) is working to address […]

The Get Better Show
December 27th, 2014 - (0 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 […]

Plague After War
November 15th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

Fears of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. have mostly subsided, but in some parts of West Africa, the epidemic is growing faster than ever. Jim Hentz (Virginia Military Institute) studies the nature of war in Africa and says the spread of Ebola in countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia mirrors that of conflict in […]

“Duping Delight” and Who’s Likely to Lie?
October 25th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

People who get a kick out of lying are said to have “duping delight.” Randy Boyle (Longwood University) studies human deception at the Longwood Center for Cyber Security. He has devised a questionnaire that measures a person’s propensity to lie. Also: Each year there are many food recall or contamination alerts, but not everyone heeds […]

Love in the Workplace
September 27th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

A new study finds that an affectionate work environment boosts teamwork and job satisfaction and leads to less burnout and absenteeism. A forthcoming article in the Harvard Business Review looks at the research by Mandy O’Neil (George Mason University). And: A young husband and wife explain how they turned to bicycling to lose weight and […]

Who Needs Health Insurance?
July 19th, 2014 - (1 Comments)

The healthcare system in the U.S. ranks last among peer countries for overall quality and costs, and medical providers and policy makers are calling for new models of care. Carolyn Morcom Rutledge (Old Dominion University) is a Family Nurse Practitioner and founding director of a new Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She says graduating nurses […]

Furious Love
July 5th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

The tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton captured the world’s attention in a way no other Hollywood couple’s had before. The public and press couldn’t get enough of their volatile romance. Nancy Schoenberger (College of William and Mary) is the co-author of Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the […]