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For people with the disorder essential tremor, simple tasks such as drinking water, writing or using utensils, can be the most difficult ones. Although the exact cause of the involuntary movements associated with the condition are unknown, thalamotomy, or the purposeful erosion of a section of the brain, has proven successful in the past as a treatment. The invasive brain surgery isn’t for everyone, however, which is why a team of scientists led by principal investigator and Neurology Prof. Dr. Jeff Elias has come up with a form of thalamotomy using magnetic-resonance guided focused ultrasound.
Every Labor Day weekend since 1983, 3500 women of all shapes and sizes line up at 8 a.m. in Charlottesville to walk and run for a cause. The Charlottesville Women’s Four-Miler is an all-women’s event that has been raising money for the University Cancer Center Breast Care Program for 21 years.
The first patients officially opened the new University of Virginia Primary and Specialty Care Clinic, a new medical center at Zion Crossroads offering primary and specialty care for the residents of Fluvanna, Louisa and Orange Counties.
For most college students, the end of a summer brings a flood of new sources of stress. Fall move-in means no more lounging on the beach, no more sleeping in, no more Orange is the New Black marathons and much more work. We all recognize just a little too well how stressful college can be, but can forget how that stress impacts our mental health.
As many students traveled the world for internships, study abroad opportunities and family vacations this summer, a group of researchers from the University’s psychology department was making headway on a unique study that combines neuroscience and molecular genetics research.
Particle physicists have theorized about the existence of the Higgs Boson, the smallest elementary particle, for decades. Proving the existence of the particle could provide the solution to many unanswered questions posed by the current Standard Model of particles and forces — including why some particles have mass and others seem not to.
In 1990, 15 percent of all engineering bachelor’s degrees in the United States were awarded to women, according to statistics from the National Science Foundation. Twenty years later, an additional 4,000 female engineering graduates increased that number to roughly 18 percent. There were roughly three men for every one woman in science and engineering jobs in 2008, even though the number increased throughout the ‘90s.
A University student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, Dr. James Turner, director of Student Health, said in an email to the student body last Wednesday. Since then, 51 students have been identified as being at risk of close contact, and 50 of those have come in with no symptoms and were given a dose of an antibiotic to eliminate any residual bacteria. Turner confirmed in an email that no new cases have been identified since Tuesday.
A group of researchers from a slew of different departments within the University are conducting a type 2 diabetes study investigating whether lifestyle changes can be more effective at treating the disease than the medication.
January marks Cervical Health Awareness Month in the United States, an effort by the National Cervical Cancer Coalition to promote early cancer screenings and spread information about the Human Papillomavirus.
American Horror Story: Asylum is not a show for the faint of heart. The FX anthology series’ first season, American Horror Story: Murder House, was horrifying, deftly capitalizing on suspense, supernatural content and a shadowy set to scare the pants off its viewers. But for horror buffs such as myself, it wasn’t scary enough to be unwatchable.
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s reappointment of Rector Helen Dragas came one step closer to approval Tuesday when the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 12-3 in support of her nomination. The bill was opposed by Sens. Janet Howell, D- Fairfax, Creigh Deeds, D-Albemarle and Ralph Northam, D-Norfolk.
A new set of navigation apps, created by third-year Engineering student Daniel Nizri, has already been downloaded more than 500 times. The ‘CampusNav’ apps provide detailed directions around eight university campuses to help students find their way from class to class.
Every year, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day, a day for increasing global awareness of HIV/AIDS. Currently there are about 33.4 million people globally with the human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, and more than 1 million living with it in the United States.
As the holidays approach, many people in the United States will be glad to know gas prices are falling.
Do you ever get the urge to hold hands with someone while wearing a ridiculous-looking hat? Well if you do, you’re in luck because the The Virginia Affective Neuroscience laboratory is currently conducting a group of hand-holding studies and is looking for students to participate.
It is a well-known fact that winter is the time for sickness. Winter means the cold, the flu and a slew of other seasonal illnesses that are accompanied with sore throats, stuffy noses and an embarrassing amount of mucus. But what about seasonal mental health issues?
The lines have been drawn in the sand. This week the University has waged a “Crimson War” against Virginia Tech to outraise its rivals’ blood donations.
President Barack Obama will win his second term Tuesday if he can snag key swing states Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada and Wisconsin, according to Center for Politics Director Larry Sabato’s most recent Crystal Ball prediction.
Although Charlottesville may not have seen the worst of this year’s “superstorm,” Hurricane Sandy continues to ravage the Northeast with high winds and heavy rain. It’s not unusual for large hurricanes to form this time of year — according to the National Hurricane Center, Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30 — so what makes this particular storm so destructive?