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Time to Shine

It is that time, West Virginia. Time to shine your light to illuminate the path for others. What path? The path to health. The path to protecting ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19.

‘100,000 parameters’: WVU researcher leads effort to reduce data-transfer error in radiation therapy

As the complexity of radiation therapy has grown, so too has the amount of data that goes into treatment machines. With more data comes more opportunity for errors in data transfer. Ramon Alfredo Siochi—WVU’s director of medical physics—is working to make those errors less likely. He led a task group to develop guidelines for checking the data’s accuracy before patients receive treatment.

Telehealth pilot program shows promise in helping former nursing home, long-term care facility residents remain safe and healthy in their homes

Transitioning home after a stay in a nursing home or long-term care facility can be a difficult experience, oftentimes leading to hospitalization or reinstitution. But preliminary results from a new West Virginia University Office of Health Affairs pilot program shows that telehealth can help these individuals remain healthy and happy in their own communities.

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.