Articles tagged with: HealthSciences


  • Physical fitness is associated with academic performance in young people, according to a study conducted by a West Virginia University researcher. Lesley Cottrell, Ph.D., said the study suggests that focusing more on physical fitness and physical education in school would result in healthier, happier and smarter children.
  • Matthew A. Boegehold, Ph.D., director of the Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences at West Virginia University, has been named president-elect of the Microcirculatory Society.
  • The Maier Foundation has pledged $1 million to establish the William J. Maier, Jr. Chair of Research at West Virginia University's Charleston Division School of Medicine. The gift is expected to be matched under the "Bucks for Brains" program with an additional $1 million from West Virginia Research Trust Fund, creating the largest endowment ever to advance biomedical research in the Kanawha Valley.
  • Media Advisory: CARDIAC Project event postponed due to weather conditions

    February 26th, 2010
    WVU's Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities celebration scheduled to take place in Boone County on Friday, Feb. 26 has been postponed because of weather conditions. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
  • A research team at West Virginia University says the state's schools have made substantial progress in helping students adopt healthy behaviors. But there is still room for improvement. Their evaluations of the first year of the West Virginia Board of Education's school nutrition standards, and the second year of the Healthy Lifestyles Act, show that most schools are taking action.
  • Media Advisory: 100,000 W.Va. children screened in CARDIAC Project

    February 23rd, 2010
    Coronary Artery Risk Detection in Appalachian Communities Celebration to be held in Boone County on Friday, Feb. 26.
  • Breast cancer patients at the WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center like having a new specialty boutique in the same place where they receive treatment. Located on the ground floor near the main lobby of the Cancer Center, the Boutique features a variety of specialty products including free wigs and scarves. More wigs can also be purchased, as well as hats, turbans, breast prostheses and post-mastectomy bras. Personal assistance with fitting is also provided.
  • A 2009 WVU School of Nursing graduate, Tiffany Hamilton answered a call for nurses to travel to the earthquake-stricken island. Thousands of people injured during the earthquake in January were desperate for medical care.
  • The West Virginia University School of Dentistry will celebrate National Children?s Dental Health Month by providing free examinations to children on Friday, Feb. 12 in the WVU Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. The exams are offered for children ages 1 to 17 from 8:45 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:45 p.m.
  • When Ann Chester was in seventh grade, her teachers told her, "You're not going to college." She couldn't believe it. She'd always been a good student, always believed her path led to the door of a university. But someone had misread her test scores, and she ended up in a class full of underachievers. Soon, she was underachieving, too.
  • Michael Hendryx, Ph.D., director of the WVU Rural Health Research Center, is one of a group of scientists whose research has led to a call for a moratorium on permits for mountaintop mining. In this week's edition of the journal Science, they argue that peer-reviewed research unequivocally documents irreversible environmental impacts from this form of mining which also exposes local residents to a higher risk of serious health problems.
  • WVU Hospitals' Sleep Evaluation Center has been fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
  • For decades, chemotherapy has been helping people beat cancer. But not everyone who takes the cancer killing drugs escapes their side effects. A new study at West Virginia University will literally be music to the ears of patients who are experiencing the two most distressing side effects - nausea and vomiting.
  • President James P. Clements was joined by the newest members of his executive team Monday at the first Faculty Senate meeting of the spring semester, all stressing the need for cooperative planning across the University as a new strategic plan is being developed.
  • West Virginia University's latest national television spot features one of the world's leading experts on sports-related brain injuries-- WVU Chair of Neurosurgery Dr. Julian Bailes
  • It's one of the highest levels of recognition a hospital can achieve. The American Nurses Credentialing Center has once again named WVU Hospitals a recipient of the Magnet award for excellence in nursing services. WVUH became the first and only West Virginia hospital to achieve such recognition when it was originally recognized with the Magnet award in 2005. Hospitals undergo a rigorous reevaluation every four years.
  • Steven M. Frisch, Ph.D., of the WVU School of Medicine has been appointed to the editorial board of Cancer Research, the most frequently cited cancer research journal in the world.
  • The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy is one of only two schools nationwide to receive $1.5 million over the next three years to continue studies of the state?s health disparities. The grant involves faculty collaboration from all four health professions schools at WVU: pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and medicine.
  • Women in their 40s nationwide are questioning whether they should avoid getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer now that a government panel of doctors and scientists has said the tests in younger women don't improve women's survival rates. But cancer doctors at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at West Virginia University say they are advising women not to wait until age 50 to seek their first mammograms. Despite the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that women age 40 to 50 do without screening mammography, others see lifesaving benefits in the screening.
  • For the second year in a row, the West Virginia University Children's Hospital radiothon raised more than $120,000. The Q for Kids Radiothon, which was hosted by WVU Children's Hospital, Children's Miracle Network and three area radio stations was held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and from 6 a.m. to noon Nov. 20.