Taking the whoop out of whooping cough

Only about one-fourth of adults are up to date on their whooping-cough vaccines. If they catch whooping cough, they may just think they have a cold. But if they give it to a baby, it can be deadly. In a new study, Allison Wolf and Dylan Boehm —researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine—investigated how to make the vaccine more effective, for longer. One possible way: making it a nose spray instead of a shot.

WVU graduate student researching benefits of adventure STEM curriculum

West Virginia University graduate student Alice Morgan is on a mission to get kids excited about science and the outdoors. One of 10 recipients of a prestigious fellowship from the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education, she will spend the next year researching the impacts of adventure STEM curriculum on sixth graders who attend WVU’s Science Adventure School at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley.

WVU project sets sights on preventing blindness in diabetic patients

When people think about the management of diabetes, A1C (hemoglobin) tests and foot exams usually come to mind. Often overlooked is the recommended retinal eye exam. This eye exam is crucial because many West Virginians with diabetes are at risk for blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy.

Backyard Brawl returns to PNC Park

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the Club will once again play host to the Backyard Brawl for the University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University baseball regular season game on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at PNC Park.

Cell-phone-sized device that stimulates nerve in neck may prevent migraine

Could applying a cell-phone-sized device to your neck three times a day prevent migraine attacks? WVU researcher Umer Najib thinks it might. In a new clinical trial, he’s testing how well a vagus nerve stimulator averts and relieves migraine symptoms. The noninvasive device showed promise in earlier animal studies. Now Najib wants to know if it works in actual migraine patients, too.