New smartphone app enables more effective HIV treatment

The University Health System’s Ryan White Clinic, the largest provider of HIV care in western Virginia, was awarded last month a $525,000 grant from the AIDS United Foundation to develop a smartphone application to help improve treatment for people diagnosed with HIV who are living in rural areas. READ MORE

Battle of the bugs

Known for striking down hundreds on cruise ships and quarantining its victims in bathrooms, the latest strain of the infamous stomach bug, norovirus, has arrived. READ MORE

Study links dental x-rays, brain tumors

Many who await dentist appointments with a feeling of trepidation may do so with good reason. A study published yesterday in American Cancer Society found frequent dental X-rays may be linked to meningioma, an often benign but sometimes harmful brain tumor. Study participants who remembered having bitewing X-rays before age 10, a procedure used to reveal tooth decay in the upper and lower teeth by determining bone density changes caused by gum disease, were twice as likely to have meningioma, according to the study. READ MORE

National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month, which seeks to shed light on the more than 100,000 Americans waiting for organ and tissue transplants. In 2011, 28,535 transplants were performed in the United States, with more than 6,000 of them as living donations. READ MORE

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