Boosting public trust in scientists hangs on communications methods, WVU expert says

While debate over COVID-19 guidelines and vaccine development has raised skeptics’ eyebrows and undermined confidence, a West Virginia University associate professor says that communication is essential for the science community to gain the American public’s trust. According to Geah Pressgrove, scientists and communications professionals need to rethink how they communicate through four distinct dimensions of trust: competence, integrity, benevolence and openness.

WVU law professor: It’s unclear if there’s time to reverse USPS changes before Election Day

A second federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 21) that election mail must be prioritized by the U.S. Postal Service, but West Virginia University Law Professor Matthew Titolo, an expert on American legal history and public-private contracts, says it’s unclear if operational changes enacted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy can be reversed in time to speed up the mail before Election Day Nov. 3.

Coffee perks for colorectal cancer patients—it can prolong life

Advanced colorectal cancer patients who consume four or more cups of coffee a day are more likely to live longer than those who drink less, according to freshly-brewed research co-authored by a West Virginia University doctor, Richard Goldberg.

WVU leader in lung, sleep issues explains new guidelines for clinics during COVID-19 pandemic

Patients with lung issues or sleep conditions can breathe easier and sleep better during the COVID-19 pandemic as they can return to clinics where treatment is available. Dr. Sunil Sharma, section chief for West Virginia University School of Medicine Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and a group leader in the American Thoracic Society international task force, is participating in national webinars to raise awareness for new guidelines for patients.

No evidence that mail-in voting leads to widespread fraud

West Virginia University political scientist Erik Herron, who has experience in election administration and has researched international elections held during war and other difficult circumstances, says that absentee ballots and vote-by-mail programs in the U.S. are not likely to suffer from “widespread, systemic or decisive fraud.”

GDP decline expected, unusual

The sharpest dive in U.S. Gross Domestic Product in modern history may have been expected, but it is unusual, according to West Virginia University experts in economics.

WVU health experts, clinicians advocate for continued telehealth coverage

West Virginia University telehealth experts Dr. Margaret Jaynes and Steve Davis believe that this approach to healthcare is cost-effective, beneficial to the most vulnerable and rural residents in West Virginia and can help flatten the curve of COVID-19 spread because there’s no live face-to-face interaction.

WVU pediatricians urge vaccinations, well-child visits during COVID-19 pandemic

Even during the COVID-19 global pandemic, West Virginia University pediatricians Dr. Lisa Costello and Dr. Kathryn S. Moffett recommend parents and caregivers continue their children’s routine well child visits to screen for health and development and immunizations to prevent outbreaks of more common diseases.