Health & Medicine

Studying Seizures

Mar 27, 2013

Ten percent of Virginians will have a seizure during their lifetime.  Determining the cause and correct course of treatment can often be a long and expensive process. 

But a new hospital unit in Roanoke is dedicated to finding the cause and getting patients get the help they need.

Tucked away on the 7th East floor at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, a diagnostic tool unique to Western Virginia 

The closest such units are at the University of Virginia, Duke, and Wake Forest, and some of those have a long waiting list to get in.

Vaccine Study

Mar 27, 2013

With the arrival of spring, flu season comes to an end.  Officials say 2013 was an especially bad year, with much of the country reporting high rates of disease. 

The Centers for Disease Control recommended anyone over the age of six months be vaccinated, but many took a pass.  A new report from Virginia Tech sheds some light on why parents might choose to ignore medical advice when it comes to vaccines.

Professor Bernice Hausman  and her colleagues were asked to investigate, and what they found was a bit of a surprise. 

Health Rankings Statewide

Mar 20, 2013

The annual County Health Rankings & Roadmaps lists Fairfax County as number 1, followed by Loudoun, Arlington, Albemarle, and York Counties. 

Meanwhile, Henry, Dickenson, Buchanan, and Tazewell Counties were at the bottom followed by the city of Petersburg, which had the least healthy residents. 

All 133 Virginia localities listed in the report were measured on the length and quality of life as well as health factors. 

Virginia is in the process of closing its state centers for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Last year  the commonwealth reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  It helped spur a movement that began decades ago to people out of institutions and into private homes, where they could receive the most compassionate, least restrictive care.  

Life After Knee Replacement

Mar 4, 2013

Each year, half a million people in this country have knee replacement surgery, and by 2030 that number is expected to reach three million. After surgery, you might expect those patients to be more active and to lose weight, but a study by Virginia Commonwealth University suggests the opposite is true – and that could spell trouble for the nation’s long-term health.