If you can’t find it, create it: WVU student starts braked dog leash company

After West Virginia University student Anthony Garber’s friend’s dog accidentally received a hard pull on the neck from a retractable leash, Garber began searching the dog leash market for a product that wouldn’t yank so harshly. When he couldn’t find a leash that fit his idea, he began brainstorming.

Exposure to pollutants, increased free-radical damage speeds up aging, per WVU-led study

Every day, our bodies face a bombardment of UV rays, ozone, cigarette smoke, industrial chemicals and other hazards. This exposure can lead to free-radical production in our bodies, which damages our DNA and tissues. A new study from Eric Kelley—a researcher with the WVU School of Medicine—suggests that unrepaired DNA damage can increase the speed of aging. His results appear in the journal Nature.

WVU to offer students, employees incentives for COVID-19 vaccine verification

West Virginia University will begin an incentive program for students and employees who have verified their COVID-19 vaccine by Aug. 1. The program, which will begin July 1, is intended to increase the number of students, faculty and staff who verify their vaccination information by the Aug. 1 deadline.