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Report: Local governments play critical role in achieving public health goals

Healthy communities don’t just happen. They are created by a multitude of social, economic, environmental, and behavioral factors.

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VCU researchers make the case for authentic engagement of community in research

Empowering community members to be stakeholders in research and health is a key focus of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virginia Tech team investigates vascular health, traumatic brain injury

Every year, traumatic brain injury afflicts more than 1.7 million people in the United States and leads to 52,000 deaths.


Latest dietary guidelines: Healthy eating patterns vital to good health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services released its most recent dietary guidelines.

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Walk with a Doc: Augusta Health program offers steps to success

Walking, just walking, can change your quality of life. That’s the working theory behind the Walk with a Doc program that Augusta Health is launching locally next month.

Earth Talk: Which non-stick cookware is the healthiest?

Non-stick cookware cleans very easily and some health-conscious cooks appreciate that it requires less cooking oil than uncoated varieties.

Jennifer Kaufer: Virginia leaders voted to delay health protections for kids

The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity for Virginia to reduce carbon emissions and protect public health.

Lifetime costs of smoking: $1 million?

How much does smoking cost you over a lifetime? It’s likely you wouldn’t guess more than $1 million. But it’s actually well over a million, according to a new study by WalletHub.

UVA study: Duration of concussion symptoms as significant as severity

Sports concussions continue to garner attention and the conversation will continue over the holidays with the release of the new feature film, “Concussion.”

A bacterium’s tricky behavior has a Virginia Tech researcher hot on its trail

Forget the latest James Bond movie — those looking for a good spy story should look no further than the laboratory of Virginia Tech researcher Clay Caswell.

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VCU receives grant to look for indicators of preterm birth

VCU has received a $378,026 grant from the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth to look for predictors of preterm birth.


What is The Holiday Heart Syndrome?

My brother-in-law, Olly, likes a spot of red wine, but usually by the bottle rather than by the glass. When my wife Paula and I were visiting, he managed to drink himself into the “holiday heart syndrome”, despite it not being the holidays.

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Augusta Health adds new physicians to medical staff

Each year, new providers join the Augusta Health Medical Staff. While some are employed by Augusta Medical Group, others are associated with independent practices who are affiliated with Augusta Health. All providers who join the staff are recognized annually at a welcome reception.

Disease free water, a global health challenge, commands an international team effort

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global public health threat causing an estimated 23,000 deaths in America each year. One historically overlooked avenue by which antibiotic resistance can spread is through contact or consumption of contaminated water.

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Top European scholar crosses Atlantic to lead UVA Center for Design and Health

Jenny Roe, newly appointed to lead research at the University of Virginia’s Center for Design and Health, has spent her career examining how the places we live affect the lives we lead.

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Despite accelerated treatment, many breast cancer patients still not receiving radiation

Accelerated partial breast irradiation was designed to be a faster, more convenient and potentially safer way for many women with breast cancer to reduce their mortality risk and help keep their cancer from returning after surgery.

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UVA named one of 11 U.S. Palliative Care Leadership Centers

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has named University of Virginia Health System as one of 11 Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ in the U.S.

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VCU study: Complex gut microbiota analysis unnecessary in diagnosis of cirrhosis

In a recent issue of the journal Nature, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine associate professor Jasmohan S. Bajaj, M.D., provides new data to reinterpret conclusions from a July 2014 Nature journal study that had reported on a novel way to diagnose cirrhosis using complex microbiota analysis.

Maggie Van Huss sees broader role for Waynesboro YMCA in local community

The Waynesboro YMCA plays an important role in the local community in promoting physical fitness. Maggie Van Huss sees the Y being able to play a bigger role in promoting a broader fitness role.

Virginia Tech graduate student develops new biobased materials for drug delivery

In drug delivery research, finding a pharmaceutically active molecule is only half the battle: the drug must also be able to safely reach its target.

Personal trainer at Waynesboro YMCA can relate to fitness, health challenges

New personal training clients for Stephanie Duncan at the Waynesboro YMCA know that she can relate to what they’re trying to do to improve their health and fitness.

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VCU researcher helps to discover a more efficient treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder

Confining antidepressant treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder to only the days that women are symptomatic is effective at lessening the condition’s symptoms, according to a collaborative study from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University and Cornell University.

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VCU unveils new health system brand

Virginia Commonwealth University has adopted a new brand to celebrate the rich legacy of its health system and its continuing commitment to world-class care.

Virginia Tech researchers discover link between insulin response and energy producer in pre-diabetic people

Virginia Tech researchers have identified a biomarker in pre-diabetic individuals that could help prevent them from developing Type II diabetes.

Waynesboro resident will engage Shenandoah Valley residents in the fight to end Alzheimer’s

The Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has announced the addition of two new employees: Desiree White of Waynesboro and Annie Diggs of Buckingham County.

Virginia Tech cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

An international team of scientists, led by a Virginia Tech researcher, determined that the number of chromosomes in a cell may be a key to understanding how cancer forms and progresses – a finding that could help inform new treatments.

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UVA wins national patient safety, orthopedics awards

University of Virginia Medical Center has earned two 2015 national Women’s Choice Awards® from WomenCertified Inc. – one for patient safety and one for patient satisfaction in orthopedics.

Jocelyn Elders: Bring back public health standards for women’s reproductive health

As Americans, we strive for safety – the safest medicines, safest cars, safest toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, our state legislatures are passing laws putting women’s health at risk – about 250 since 2011.

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Fundamental beliefs about atherosclerosis overturned

Doctors’ efforts to battle the dangerous atherosclerotic plaques that build up in our arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes are built on several false beliefs about the fundamental composition and formation of the plaques, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine shows.

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Avian flu: $1.35 million grant funds bid to better predict deadly outbreaks

An international research team led by Lukas Tamm of the University of Virginia School of Medicine will receive $1.35 million from the Human Frontier Science Program Organization to better understand how the influenza virus passes from birds to humans.


VCU engineering professor receives $5 million grant to drive down costs of two key AIDS drugs

A Virginia Commonwealth University engineering professor has received a $5 million grant to develop a more cost-effective way to manufacture two important drugs used to treat HIV and AIDS.

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New technology ushers in era of precision medicine at UVA

The University of Virginia Health System has opened a high-tech clinical genomics lab that will personalize care for patients, help doctors determine the best treatments for cancers and other diseases, and allow UVA to offer the most cutting-edge clinical trials.

Lyme disease on the rise among people, dogs in Virginia’s New River Valley

One-third of deer ticks collected from sites in Giles and Pulaski counties carry the organism responsible for Lyme disease, a study at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has found.


Secretary of Health and Human Resources announces appointments to Certificate of Public Need Work Group

Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel, Jr., M.D. announced the appointment of the Certificate of Public Need (COPN) Work Group.

Augusta Free Press launches new website design for Hearing Healthcare of Virginia

Hearing Healthcare of Virginia has an updated website design produced by Augusta Free Press. The design features a clean, visually-appealing layout with details on hearing screenings, hearing aids and information on hearing loss and tinnitus.

Your new hearing aid: You are now back to where you belong

Congratulations on your new hearing aid! You are now on the path to better hearing and a better quality of life. The key to satisfaction with your new hearing aid is to wear it in different situations and experience for yourself how it can help you get more out of life.

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UVA earns top national honor for nursing care

University of Virginia Medical Center has received Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for its quality patient care, excellence in nursing care and innovative nursing practices.

Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia names new executive director

Dr. Stacey L. Epps has been elected as the new president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia (EFVA).

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Augusta Health receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI

Augusta Health received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (coronary angioplasty) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

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Four UVA Children’s Hospital specialties ranked in U.S. News ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ Guide

Four UVA Children’s Hospital specialties have earned national rankings in the 2015-2016 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide.

Hearing loss occurs naturally: A solution can be found

We commonly associate hearing loss with advancing age, but that isn’t the whole story. Although hearing loss is common in older adults, affecting approximately 30 percent of people over age 60, hearing changes can occur in one’s 30s and 40s.

New issue of Y Magazine on the streets: Produced by Augusta Free Press

The Summer issue of the Y Magazine, which highlights fitness, child-development and senior programs and activities at the Waynesboro YMCA, is available for pickup at the Y and will be mailed to members in Waynesboro and Augusta County in the coming days.

Central Shenandoah EMS Council announces regional EMS award winners

The Central Shenandoah EMS Council honored the dedication and commitment of its emergency medical services providers at the council’s regional awards ceremony June 3 at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.

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Augusta Health marks National Cancer Survivors Day on June 7

Augusta Health Cancer Program’s Cancer Survivors Day Celebration coming up on Sunday will be an afternoon of Meaningful Mindfulness: Celebrating Life in the Moment for Cancer Survivors and their Families.

Missing link found between brain, immune system: With major disease implications

Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

Dinner Diva: Easy fixes for eating on the go!

As a frequent flyer myself, I’m here to tell you that you can, indeed, stay Paleo on the go. All it takes is a bit of planning.

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Randy Forbes: Bringing mental illness out of the shadows

Mental illness is both innately personal and profoundly national. This is not “their” issue — it is our issue. The mental health of our military men and women creates a wake throughout our society that is directly connected to the health of our economy, our families, our military readiness, and our overall well-being as a nation.

Fat wasn’t my fate: Body-acceptance movement wrongly tells you to accept what you can change

“Many decry her body-acceptance movement as encouraging obesity.” The words of People magazine about its plus-size cover model, Tess Holliday, a size-22, who describes her modeling career as an effort to “help other women feel confident and comfortable in their bodies, regardless of their size or what society tells them is beautiful.”

What causes hearing loss?

Our ears are delicate instruments, and our ability to hear can diminish for a number of reasons. The majority of people develop hearing loss as they get older. Over time, part of the ear’s delicate mechanism may break down or simply wear out.

Waynesboro rocks! New YMCA fitness director aims to change fitness, wellness paradigm

The model for fitness centers has been, come to the gym, do your fitness here. The Waynesboro YMCA is turning the model on its head with a new approach to fitness.