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UVA Opens New Student Health Building, Shining Spotlight

Details: October 14, 2021. The new Student Health and Wellness building is located on Brandon Avenue and encompasses nearly 160,000 square feet. (Photos by Dan Addison, University Communications) A massive project seven years in the making comes to fruition Friday with the unveiling of the University of Virginia’s new, state-of-the-art Student Health

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UVA Health Now Sole Owner of Novant Health UVA Health

Details: UVA Health now has 100% ownership of all the facilities and assets that were formerly part of the joint operating company, including an integrated network of outpatient services and the following hospitals: Culpeper Medical Center. Haymarket Medical Center. Prince William Medical Center.

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UVA Health Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Full

Details: Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center. “Together, Novant Health and UVA Health have determined that having a single owner is the best way to provide exceptional care in the communities that the system serves,” Carl S. Armato, Novant Health’s president and chief executive officer, said.

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Growth in Home Health Care Failing to Keep Up With Surging

Details: Growth in Home Health Care Failing to Keep Up With Surging Demand, Study Finds. April 15, 2021. Josh Barney, [email protected] R ecent growth in the number of health care workers providing home care for Medicare patients is “small and inadequate” compared with the increasing demand in an aging America, a new study suggests.

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Here Is How Student Health and Wellness Is Preparing for

Details: Hoos Health Check is designed to help a student recognize symptoms of COVID and to prompt a call to Student Health and Wellness. COVIDWISE facilitates identification of close contacts by the Virginia Department of Health

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Long-Term Use of Blood Pressure Drugs May Cause Kidney

Details: The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, grants P50 DK 096373, R01 DK 116718, R01 DK 116196, R01 DK 096373 and R01 HL 148044; and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Overseas Research Fellowships. To keep up with the latest medical research news from UVA, subscribe to the Making of Medicine blog.

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Study: Overbearing Parents Lead to Long-Term Struggles

Details: Improving Refugees’ Mental Health Around the World Amanda Nguyen is examining the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the mental well-being of conflict-affected populations, including mothers and veterans, in Bangladesh, Ukraine and Myanmar.

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Double Hoo Research: Undergrads and Grads Team Up to

Details: This year, UVA awarded 21 Double Hoo Awards to new pairings of undergraduates and graduate student mentors, with the teams receiving up to $6,000. One team from last year’s recipients was awarded a renewal to continue their research, receiving $3,000 in support. The Double Hoo Award is funded by the Robert C. Taylor Fund.

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Facts and Myths About Obesity, Emerging as a Key Factor in

Details: Fact 5: Losing a little can bring big health gains. “I’ve had one patient lose 100 pounds. I have another patient where she’s just been gaining and gaining over the last 10 years and finally, we put the finger in the dam and she lost about 3% of her body weight,” Varney said.

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UVA Leads Nationwide Project to Protect Health Data for

Details: Access to research computing infrastructure for safely collecting, storing and analyzing sensitive data became even more important in 2020. Researchers across all fields of science and engineering who might not normally work on health research were diving into critical COVID-19 projects that would potentially intersect with protected data.

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UVA Aims to Battle Disease by Understanding Exercise’s

Details: The NIH then set aside almost $170 million for MoTrPAC’s research – believed to be the agency’s largest-ever investment into the mechanisms of how physical activity improves health and prevents disease. “The program’s goal,” Yan explained, “is to study the molecular changes that occur during and after exercise and ultimately to

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UVA Leaders, Public Health Experts Review Masking Policy

Details: Caroline Newman, [email protected] I n a virtual town hall held Wednesday afternoon, University of Virginia leaders and public health experts answered questions and reviewed plans for a semester that will begin amid optimism around vaccination rates and concern about the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. The town hall came one week before

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UVA Health Seeks Public Input for New Strategic Plan UVA

Details: The health system has extraordinary potential, he said, and developing a strategic plan enables the institution to better understand and achieve that potential. “It’s the right time for all of us to become excited about the future and to begin to …

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Study: Preventing Nurse Burnout Makes Good Economic Sense

Details: UVA Health recently made plans to distribute more than $30 million in salary adjustments among its staff, including its nurses, starting in early 2022, and last summer offered a $3,000 bonus to full-time nurses and a $1,500 to part-time nurses to improve hiring and retention.

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Health District, UVA Health Partnering on Second Community

Details: The Virginia Department of Health’s Blue Ridge Health District and UVA Health are partnering to launch a second COVID-19 community vaccination site, which will provide its first vaccinations Sunday. The first group vaccinated at the site Sunday will include Phase 1A front-line workers and Phase 1B essential workers.

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Improving Refugees’ Mental Health Around the World UVA Today

Details: A conflict on the Ukraine-Russian border escalated to a crisis in early 2014. Military veterans returning from that crisis brought with them a variety of symptoms of mental distress. “In addition to the mental health impacts of battle, there is a stigma attached to former military service in the Ukraine,” Nguyen said.

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Prescription for Health: Take a Hike UVA Today

Details: Prescription for Health: Take a Hike. Class members pose at one of the openings of the Blue Ridge Tunnel, which was built between 1850 and 1858 beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia. (UVA Student Health and Wellness Center photo) April 19, 2021. Anika Kempe , [email protected]

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One Year In, UVA Doctor Reflects on Fighting the Pandemic

Details: “Public health is really geared toward improving community health and wellness, while health care, as much as we do care about those things, is focused on solving discrete problems at the patient level – a patient comes in and we need to figure out how to treat them.” Fighting a pandemic, he said, requires a mix of the two.

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How Might the COVID-19 Recession Affect Your Health

Details: Ruhm said mental health has been traditionally under-emphasized relative to physical health, partially because it is much harder to measure. But he thinks that mental health will get more attention in this COVID-19 recession. “I think the issue of how we provide those supports is an important one in any economic downturn,” Ruhm said.

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Not as Gross as It Sounds: Predicting How Bacteria in

Details: Not as Gross as It Sounds: Predicting How Bacteria in Mucus Affect Human Health. UVA professors Roseanne Ford, Jason Papin and Shayn Peirce-Cottler are using modeling to predict how mucin interactions might affect a person’s health. (Contributed photos) July 7, 2020. Christopher Tyree, [email protected] I nhale, exhale.

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Depression, Suicidal Thoughts Plague Ailing Coal Miners

Details: Miners’ Mental Health. Harris serves as the medical director of the Black Lung Clinic at Southwest Virginia’s Stone Mountain Health Services, the only federally funded black lung clinic in Virginia.Black lung is a progressive lung illness caused by inhaling toxic coal and rock dust within coal mines.

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FDA Approves Focused Ultrasound for Common Parkinson’s

Details: FDA Approves Focused Ultrasound for Common Parkinson’s Symptoms. UVA is one of only 37 medical centers in the country with the capacity to offer an incisionless form of brain surgery to treat advanced Parkinson’s disease. (Photos by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications) November 17, 2021. Josh Barney, [email protected]

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UVA Rolls Out Free, On-Demand Mental Telehealth Services

Details: TimelyCare is a mental health support interface created by TimelyMD, the leading telehealth company specializing in higher education. As part of the arrangement between TimelyMD and UVA’s Counseling and Psychological Services, each year students will get 12 free scheduled telehealth visits with a licensed mental health provider, either in

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UVA Doctors Advise Students on Testing, Health and Safety

Details: UVA Doctors Advise Students on Testing, Health and Safety Ahead of Winter Break. Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications. November 18, 2020. Jane Kelly, [email protected] I n a virtual town hall Wednesday afternoon, University of Virginia officials reported on the status of COVID-19, plans for testing and ways for students and their

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How Student Health and Wellness Has Evolved to Support

Details: Of note, students’ health insurance providers will be billed for this COVID-19 test by UVA Health. Any related care visits with a Student Health and Wellness provider that accompany the test are of no further cost for UVA students who have paid the comprehensive health fee with tuition.

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How Immigration Enforcement Can Affect Newborns' Health

Details: How Immigration Enforcement Can Affect Newborns' Health Research & Discovery (By Sebastian Tello-Trillo, assistant professor of public policy and economics at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy) Immigration policy and health policy are often seen as completely separate, with one rarely coming up when we talk about the other.

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Centra and UVA Health Announce Strategic Clinical

Details: “UVA Health is a leading academic medical center, and whilst it is relatively near Lynchburg, we know that patients want access to the most advanced care as close to home as possible,” said Richard Tugman, Centra’s interim CEO. “Through the power of this clinical affiliation, our two health systems will achieve the best care possible in

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Health and Wealth: UVA Economists Examine COVID-19’s

Details: Health and Wealth: UVA Economists Examine COVID-19’s Impact. A panel of UVA economists said the sacrifices people are currently making in the COVID-19 pandemic are important for health, and the economy, in the long run. A s the nation wrestles with the health and economic implications of the COVID-19 virus and the intentional shutdown of the

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New Artificial Intelligence Technology Poised to Transform

Details: A team of researchers who developed the technology, including doctors at UVA Health, reports the success of the approach in a new article in the scientific journal Circulation. The team compared its AI approach, known as virtual native enhancement, with contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance scans now used to monitor hypertrophic

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UVA Backs Students’ Research Projects, from Cancer

Details: Improving Refugees’ Mental Health Around the World Amanda Nguyen is examining the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve the mental well-being of conflict-affected populations, including mothers and veterans, in Bangladesh, Ukraine and Myanmar.

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Study: Exercise During Pregnancy May Save Children From

Details: Study: Exercise During Pregnancy May Save Children From Health Problems as Adults. A UVA study found that exercise during pregnancy not only helps lead to healthy babies, but may benefit children throughout their lives. March 11, 2021. Josh Barney, [email protected] E xercise during pregnancy may enable mothers to significantly reduce their

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Lags Among Rural Women, Study

Details: The researchers note that women who had health insurance were two to three times more likely to comply with breast cancer and colorectal cancer screening guidelines than women without insurance. “Increase in health care coverage as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which included elimination of copay for preventive

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Antibody Cocktail Prevents Symptomatic COVID-19 Infections

Details: An antibody cocktail being tested at UVA Health and other sites was able to block 100% of symptomatic COVID-19 infections among people exposed to the virus, early results from the clinical trial suggest. In addition, those who developed asymptomatic infections accumulated far less virus in their bodies than usual and saw their infections resolve within a week, …

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Can a Heartburn Drug Help Doctors Treat COVID-19

Details: In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors in Wuhan, China, noticed something surprising. Many of the elderly patients who survived the virus were poor – not exactly the demographic you would expect to fare well in a health crisis.

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Accolades: UVA Earns Highest Free Speech Ranking

Details: The experience of weight-based stigma often leads obese patients to delay or avoid health care and potentially worsen any chronic and acute health problems they have, she said. Williams is the first UVA student to earn the competitive national collaboration award, which is bestowed annually and comes with a cash prize.

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Invasive Kudzu is Major Factor in Surface Ozone Pollution

Details: Ozone, while essential to the health of the Earth in the upper atmosphere where it shields the surface from excess ultraviolet radiation, is hazardous to human health when it forms at the earth's surface. This occurs most often in the summertime as plants grow and produce chemicals that react with the air.

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Q&A: HOOS Health Check Helps ‘Put a Box Around COVID

Details: Q. What went into the making of HOOS Health Check? A. It was a great collaboration between public health experts at UVA Health, the Information Technology Services group, administrators in Student Affairs, the provost’s office and other areas – even members of the Board of Visitors.

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Research That Saves Lives: Four COVID-19 Therapies Being

Details: Research That Saves Lives: Four COVID-19 Therapies Being Tested at UVA. Over the past nine months, clinical trials conducted at the University of Virginia have led to new treatments for patients fighting COVID-19 in Charlottesville and new tools for health care workers saving lives around the world. “We have been able to learn very quickly

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The Lobbyist Is In: A UVA Youth Health Advocate Takes on a

Details: The Lobbyist Is In: A UVA Youth Health Advocate Takes on a Polarized Congress. Brooke Lehmann is a clinical social worker, lawyer and federal lobbyist who teaches at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. (Photo by Dan Addison, University Communications) January 21, 2021. Lindsay Stuart Hill, [email protected]

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Q&A: Biles’ Olympics Decision Reflects ‘Larger Cultural

Details: A merican gymnast Simone Biles rocked the Olympic world this week with her announcement that she was withdrawing from two critical, gold-medal-potential events because of a mental health issue. Biles’ move came on the heels of a similar announcement weeks earlier from Japanese-American tennis great Naomi Osaka, who withdrew from the French

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University Modifies Vaccine Booster Deadline in Response

Details: UVA Health, including School of Medicine and School of Nursing faculty and staff, will stick with the previously announced Feb. 1 deadline. University leaders explained the need for the change saying, “Our public health experts are concerned that a spike in serious COVID-19 cases at the start of the semester could strain health care resources

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U.Va. Architecture School Launches Center for Design and

Details: U.Va. Architecture School Launches Center for Design and Health. May 31, 2011. Jane Ford, [email protected] May 31, 2011 — The conditions of 21st-century life – an aging population, environmental pollution, rapid urbanization, increased poverty, the rising cost of medical care, the need for preventive medicine and developments in social

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What Is the HIPAA Privacy Rule

Details: However, HIPAA only protects health care information held by specific kinds of health care providers. For example, health care data on your Apple Watch or Fitbit is not usually covered by HIPAA. Genetic data you enter on websites like Ancestry.com is …

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Checking in With UVA Legend Debbie Ryan

Details: April 24, 2019. Debbie Ryan ended her UVA coaching career with more than 700 wins, and now trains her talents on improving the health of the local community. (UVA Athletics photo) For reasons no one can explain, Debbie Ryan is two decades out from facing pancreatic cancer – which was an almost-certain death sentence back in 2000, and remains

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Alumna Chooses a Path in Public Health as UVA’s First

Details: “A population, health and nutrition officer designs, implements and evaluates health and nutrition programs in a variety of subject areas such as primary health care, population and family planning and infectious diseases,” she said. “A PHN officer also coordinates with other U.S. agencies in country to achieve U.S. foreign policy objectives.

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