Articles tagged with: HealthSciences


  • Research published online on Monday, July 12, in "Pediatrics," the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, suggests that the current national guidelines for checking cholesterol levels in children may not identify all children with high cholesterol. The guidelines specify that family history of early heart disease is the main marker used for cholesterol testing.
  • When people think about their end of life options, they might want to put their decisions on a hot pink form. The importance of this form, "Physician Orders Life-Sustaining Treatment," was recently confirmed by a study done in three states, including West Virginia.
  • Six graduate students at West Virginia University have been selected to receive American Heart Association pre-doctoral fellowships. The recipients are studying in four different WVU Health Sciences Ph.D. programs.
  • A day for and about women is planned for Saturday, July 31, at the Women on Wellness retreat in Fairmont.
  • To help alleviate clinical shortages in the state and better fulfill its mission to educate the next generation of health professionals, the West Virginia University School of Medicine has expanded the size of the Department of Physical Therapy, beginning with the Class of 2013, to 40 students.
  • The influenza virus can be carried by airborne particles, and not just spread through contact, according to the results of a two-year study conducted by the West Virginia University Department of Emergency Medicine and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
  • In 2010, most everyone knows about the dangers of lead. But, a researcher from West Virginia University warns pregnant women that lead can be harmful to their babies in even the smallest quantities.
  • Non-profit groups in north-central West Virginia enhance the health and well being of children, adults and families with surprisingly few resources and little fanfare. Chestnut Ridge Center, the behavioral medicine treatment center of West Virginia University Healthcare, will award grants to eight of these non-profit groups at a luncheon on Monday, June 14.
  • Mary West was angry when her employer, West Virginia University Hospitals, adopted a tobacco-free policy last year, but she got over that anger. She turned the tobacco ban into a positive change to improve her health, and is now living tobacco free.
  • Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A., dean of Chicago Medical School and vice president for medical affairs of Rosalind Franklin University, was named dean of the West Virginia University School of Medicine.
  • The entire West Virginia University Health Sciences Center campus is now tobacco free, after WVU Board of Governors? approval of a new policy June 4.
  • The West Virginia University Stroke Center has earned Primary Stroke Center re-certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and a Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
  • Media Advisory: WVU Stroke Center re-certified and honored

    May 25th, 2010
    A celebration of the WVU Stroke Center earning Primary Stroke Center re-certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award from the national American Heart Association.
  • The West Virginia University School of Medicine was recently honored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for the large number of graduates who have chosen to train in family medicine.
  • The West Virginia Health Sciences and Technology Academy (HSTA), a statewide partnership among educators, community leaders, health professionals and colleges, is one of five winners of the 2010 Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award.
  • Twelve years ago, a group of healthcare professionals initiated a heart disease risk factor screening program for children at Sherman Elementary in Boone County, W.Va. On Monday, May 10, at the school where it all began, the CARDIAC Project celebrated the screening of 100,000 children statewide with an assembly of fifth graders and various state education and government dignitaries in attendance.
  • West Virginia University has earned re-accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The five-year credential is the longest offered by the organization, which reviews residency training programs for physicians who have graduated from medical school.
  • The West Virginia University Eye Institute now has a new tool to help infants and children with vision problems. A miniature camera, called a RetCam, takes pictures of the retinas of infants and children for viewing on a computer screen. The purchase of the retinal camera was made possible by a recent donation of $60,000 from Bill and Erna Atkinson.
  • The West Virginia University School of Dentistry recently received a $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant to study oral health disparities in northern Appalachia. The five-year National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research grant is called "Factors Contributing to Oral Health Disparities in Appalachia," and is the largest NIH grant made to the School of Dentistry.
  • All outgoing WVU Foundation gift receipts during April are including a Center for Organ Recovery & Education brochure and a Foundation Post-it note that reads: "The WVU Foundation and the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center encourage our donors to become organ, eye and tissue donors."