Health & Medicine

Veterinarians Practice Holistic Healing

May 28, 2013

Holistic approaches to healing are getting more popular, not only for humans, but for their best friends.

The sign outside Dr. Marge Lewter’s office in Blacksburg says ‘Holistic Veterinarian.’ That means she uses an integrative approach to treating her patients. The office is scented with geranium oil.  She sees one patient at a time and appointments can be more than an hour long as she carefully observes the animals.

Parkinson's Study Underway at UVA

May 21, 2013
UVA/Photographer: Robert Frysinger

The University of Virginia will soon begin a study that could help people with Parkinson’s Disease.  Doctors will use focused sound waves to modify the brain and – they hope – eliminate or reduce tremors.

The University of Virginia is one of many medical centers experimenting with the use of focused ultrasound.  Doctors use soundwaves to destroy unwanted tumors and other tissue they can see using magnetic resonance imaging. 

Scientists at the University of Virginia have made a surprising discovery that could mean more effective treatments for a range of deadly cancers.

John Herr is professor at UVA’s medical school - an expert on cell biology, and he’s devoted many years to studying the unique properties of the human egg.  His most exciting find could be good news for people who develop uterine, pancreatic, bladder, renal and ovarian cancers.

F.R.E.E. Foundation Equips Patients

May 15, 2013
photo by Beverly Amsler

Some patients leave the hospital with walker or wheelchair in tow, ready to begin their rehabilitation at home.  But for others, it’s not so easy.  Maybe they don’t have insurance or their insurance might not pay for the medical equipment they need to continue to improve. That’s where a program which started in Roanoke steps in. 

UVA Salt Study

May 3, 2013

Doctors have long advised people with high blood pressure to cut back on salt consumption, but a new study from the University of Virginia says that may not be necessary. 

Dr. Robin Felder put 183 people on a salt-free diet and monitored their blood pressure for seven days.  He then gave the same people a week of meals high in salt, and was surprised to find that only one in four responded with an increase in blood pressure.

“Twenty-five percent of individuals are salt sensitive, and about 11% are inverse salt-sensitive, and everybody else sits in the middle," he said.