Health & Medicine

High Tech Mannequins Train Nursing Students

Jul 30, 2013

This week, medical professionals from around the state met to discuss a surprising topic – simulated patients.  More and more medical and nursing schools are relying on high-tech mannequins to teach valuable lessons, before students actually lay hands on humans.  

Noelle is a perpetually pregnant mannequin who lives at the University of Virginia’s School of Nursing.  She has a heartbeat and blood pressure, eyes that open and close, joints at the hip, knee and ankle, a womb, a baby who’s been delivered thousands of times – and thanks to various computer programs, she talks.

W&L's Campus Kitchen Feeds Minds and Bellys

Jul 24, 2013
photo by Beverly Amsler

A hunger relief program at Washington & Lee University has garnered the attention of Governor McDonnell for contributing to the life and welfare of low-income rural residents in Rockbridge County.  Volunteers at the Campus Kitchen Project put the saying “Waste not, want not” to good use.

It’s estimated that more than 100,000 people a year die as a result of hospital errors. 

Roanoke Times Digs into the Affordable Care Act

Jul 12, 2013

The Roanoke Times presents another installment of its series examining how the Affordable Care Act will change how you access and pay for health care.
Reporter Lawrence Hammack and his colleague David Ress have been investigating the impact of the new law on individuals, businesses, and health care providers in Virginia.


 

A pro-choice group is out with some surprising charges about a chain of centers offering help to women dealing with unwanted pregnancies. 

NARAL-Pro Choice Virginia spent a year doing an undercover investigation of 56 Crisis Pregnancy Centers and found many of them giving bogus medical information:

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