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Post archive for ‘Health’

The Case for Coffee
November 3rd, 2012 - (3 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 […]

Furious Love
September 22nd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

No Hollywood marriage has ever managed to capture the world’s interest as much as the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The press scrutinized their every move, and the public couldn’t seem to get enough of their volatile romance. Nancy Schoenberger (College of William and Mary) is the coauthor of Furious Love: Elizabeth […]

Not Just for the Birds
September 8th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

New research shows one key to curtailing West Nile disease may lie in increasing the diversity of birds. John Swaddle (College of William and Mary) says attracting a variety of birds to your back yard may actually lower your chance of getting the disease.  Also featured: Ann and Rob Simpson (Lord Fairfax Community College) are biologists […]

Democracy Online
September 1st, 2012 - (2 Comments)

When online professionals gather for the annual edUi web conference in September, Waldo Jaquith will be among them. He’s a pioneer in using the web to foster more open and accessible government. His projects include Ethics.gov for the White House, States Decoded, and a website that allows users to watch video of floor action in […]

The Wisdom of Age
August 25th, 2012 - (4 Comments)

Too many young people imagine old age as a time when we become no longer useful or interested in the world around us. But Terry Lee (Christopher Newport University) has been challenging these kinds of ageist stereotypes. He’s spent hours behind a camera, documenting the lives of elders and their caregivers. And he says older […]

Healing with Music
August 4th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

For teenagers dealing with substance abuse issues, talking about what they’re feeling can be a challenge. So music therapist Jim Borling (Radford University) uses rock and metal music to help them externalize their internal struggles. It may not sound like medicine, but Jim says music therapy is a powerful healing practice. Also featured: John Adam […]

My Saints Alive
July 7th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

When John Thomas (University of Virginia) met his wife Susan, he knew she was “the one.” But sadly, Susan died of breast cancer. Then, after intense grief over his loss, something amazing happened. John fell in love again. But tragically, he learned Barb, the woman who would be his second wife, was diagnosed with breast […]

Finding Health Care in Appalachia
June 23rd, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Access to health care is still a major challenge for many Americans, even with the recent government overhaul.  In Appalachia, access can be even more limited.  With the nearest  health specialists sometimes hundreds of miles away, many people rely on free clinics for their medical, dental, and vision needs.  Thousands travel to Wise, Virginia each year for a weekend of teeth […]

Early Detection for Pancreatic Cancer
June 16th, 2012 - (2 Comments)

In the 1970s, only three percent of patients with pancreatic cancer survived for five years. Today, it still has one of the highest fatality rates in the United States. Todd Bauer and Kimberly Kelley (University of Virginia) are working to develop human cell models and possibly begin clinical trials that would allow earlier detection of the cancer, which […]

You Got To Move
December 24th, 2011 - (1 Comments)

There’s no doubt that the number of obese Americans has increased dramatically over the last 25 years – putting them at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and osteoarthritis. But Cathy Roy (Longwood University) says it’s not necessarily the fat making people sick.  Her research suggests a lack of physical activity might be […]