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Flu shot: the run down

The increase in sick people this time of year is quite noticeable, to say the least. It isn’t possible to sit through a class without hearing someone cough or sneeze.


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University team to improve diabetics' lives

The daily lives of Type 1 diabetes patients just got a little easier, thanks to Boris Kovatchev, the director of the University Center for Diabetes Technology, and Assist. Research Prof. Patrick Keith-Hynes.


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New device provides alternative for open-heart surgery

Assoc. Pediatrics Prof. Scott Lim and his research team at the Medical School have developed an innovative heart device — the MitraClip — which can be used to plug a leaking mitral valve in the heart without requiring invasive, open-heart surgery.


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Neonatal collaboration promotes statewide care

The University Health System recently announced a partnership with Fauquier Health hospital that allows neonatologists about an hour and a half north of Charlottesville in Fauquier to communicate with doctors at the University using live video streaming. University doctors could then consult the Fauquier Health doctors regarding how to best provide care to newborns in need.


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GMOs and the holidays

In 2005, it was estimated that about 75 percent of processed foods in the United States contained at least one genetically modified ingredient.


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Concussion questions leave heads reeling

Medical School researchers are partnering with faculty in the Education School to use cutting-edge technology to study the impact of head injuries and concussions in 130 male and female high school and college athletes. Though most studies of concussions in athletes follow just male football players, for example, this study will follow athletes from football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s soccer at the University and St.


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Mosaic model may help us map the mind

Mike McConnell and his research team at the Medical School’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia have developed a new way of understanding the brain: the Mosaic Model. The model proposes that each neuron may have a unique genome, a departure from the traditional conception that suggests the genomes of all cells are identical.


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Students options with the Affordable Care Act

As the Obama administration works to fix recent difficulties with its news health care exchange website, University health policy experts want students to make sure they are aware of the options available to them.


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Obama talks ACA

The health insurance marketplace put in place by the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” opened for business on Oct.


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Happy birthday, atom!

In 1913, Danish physicist Niels Bohr published a series of papers titled “On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules” which revolutionized our understanding of the nature of atoms.


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Does gold really grow on trees?

Research by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation recently revealed the discovery of trace amounts of gold in the leaves of eucalyptus trees in western Australia, a phenomenon that could possibly lead to the discovery of gold deposits close by.


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Tech to "watch" out for

If you spend any time watching television, chances are you’ve seen the new Samsung Galaxy Gear commercial at least a hundred times — the montage of movie and TV show clips of spies, robots and futuristic personalities talking into devices on their wrists.


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Study researches noninvasive treatment option for essential tremor

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 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. However, invasive brain surgery isn’t for everyone, 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.