‘Don’t feel like a guinea pig:’ New COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective

Although it may seem that the COVID-19 vaccine came from out of nowhere, it underwent the same rigorous testing that all vaccines do. Ivan Martinez—a virologist with the WVU School of Medicine and Cancer Institute—discusses how the vaccine was made, why it’s safe, and how it will make our lives better in 2021.

Donor-funded research position curbs disease associated with opioid epidemic

As West Virginia became the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic, donor dollars brought Dr. Judith Feinberg to the West Virginia University School of Medicine to expand research focused on the intersection of addiction and infectious disease. More than five years later, her work is making a difference by expanding testing and increasing access to treatments for diseases spread through injection drug use – HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C.

WVU, DHHR establish new COVID-19 testing laboratory in Morgantown

To address the challenges of COVID-19 testing shortages and lagging turnaround times, West Virginia University and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources have teamed up to create a new testing laboratory at the Health Sciences Center.

Buying emergency contraception is legal but not always easy at small, mom-and-pop pharmacies

Just because it’s legal to buy emergency contraception over the counter doesn’t mean it’s easy. In a new study led by Amie Ashcraft—a researcher with the WVU School of Medicine—chain pharmacies were more likely than smaller, independent ones to keep emergency contraception in stock. Chain pharmacies also made it easier to access and provided more information about its effectiveness.

WVU and Pitt team up for laser trial to treat glaucoma

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. A new study to be conducted by the West Virginia University and the University of Pittsburgh seeks to change that. The National Eye Institute recently awarded the universities $15.2 million to study how a treatment called selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) can be better used to treat glaucoma.