Health & Medicine

Help for Fibromyalgia

Apr 30, 2013
Dan Addison via UVA

Nearly six million Americans – most of them women -- suffer from a mysterious condition called Fibromyalgia. 

It causes widespread pain, and there is no cure, but researchers at the University of Virginia report low-level electrical stimulation can cause changes in the brain – and for many study subjects bring relief.

Nursing professor Ann Gill Taylor heads UVA’s Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and says patients with fibromyalgia report a range of symptoms. “Fatigue, sleep disturbances, sort of a cognitive fog and a very poor quality of life.”

Middle School Mindset

Apr 30, 2013

There’s intriguing news from the University of Virginia’s department of psychology.  Scholars there say the quality of a kid’s friendships in middle school is a great predictor of his or her future health and success. 

If you think back to your days in junior high - when you were 13 or 14 - did you have good friends?

Did you sometimes stand up to peer pressure, or did you always go along to get along? 

Health Insurance Exchange Exemptions

Apr 28, 2013

Some lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from participating in new health insurance exchanges. While critics say the idea is hypocritical … at least one lawmaker in the region says it’s a valid option.

Twins Survive Historic Separation Surgery

Apr 24, 2013

A progress update of the first- ever phased separation of conjoined twins sharing vital organs indicates both girls are doing just fine. The six-month-olds, A'zhari and A'zhiah Jones, spent their first full day completely separated at Virginia Commonwealth University after doctors performed a complex procedure that now allows them to live apart on the same liver.

When Department of Justice told Virginia that it must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled, the state reached a compromise.

The plan was to close four of its institutions and provide thousands of waiver slots through Medicaid for community-based housing. Now, the major stakeholders have met to evaluate the plan’s progress.