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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.

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Wellness Fair shows off Hoo's Well

The University’s Hoos Well program hosted the Benefits and Wellness Fair Monday, bringing together more than 30 vendors to discuss health and wellness with University employees.


Freshman 15: Dining halls' fault?

The University’s dining halls have a plethora of choices from pizza and stir fry to a fully-stocked salad bar and fresh fruit. It is entirely possible for University community members to eat a healthy meal in all of the University’s dining halls, however, it becomes much more difficult when they are simultaneously presented with many unhealthy options.


Tylenol puts users at risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 150 Americans die every year from ingesting too much acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.


A night in the ER

Fluorescent lights shine harshly over the tiled floors and empty couches of the waiting area of the Medical Center’s Emergency Room.


Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to home care workers

In a monumental change for licensed healthcare professionals who deliver services to disabled and senior citizens, the Department of Labor announced this week that starting in 2015 they will require minimum wages and overtime protections be extended to home-based “direct care” workers.


Local AIDS service group expands reach to local prisons

The AIDS/HIV Services Group in Charlottesville, Virginia has been working hard for the past 25 years to increase awareness for HIV and AIDS and to help those affected to live healthier and more stable lives, but a recent grant has allowed the organization to expand and place a greater emphasis on inmates affected by the disease.


Medical School investigates genetics, Parkinson's correlation

Hoping to eventually develop customized treatment options and ease some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, researchers at the University Medical School are currently looking into the link between genetics and memory loss in Parkinson’s patients. Parkinson’s, which affects one in 500 people worldwide, develops when nerve cells in the brain are unable to produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps the brain control movement.


University students partner with South African caregivers

While many University students spent the summer break toiling away in an internship — often unpaid — one group of students and faculty members spent their summer nearly thousands of miles away helping to improve the health care system of two communities in South Africa. A group of medical, nursing and public policy students and faculty members worked to educate home-based caregivers of two clinics in Thohoyandou and Tiyani, South Africa on different methods of treating prevalent chronic disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure.


Back to School Stressors

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.