WVU researcher seeks vaccine to prevent lethal pneumonia

About half of all people with cystic fibrosis, the most common genetic disorder in the United States, die from a lung disease before they turn 40. A form of pneumonia called Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a likely culprit. These bacteria have become so hard to treat that the Centers for Disease Control deemed it a serious threat to the nation.

WVU researchers help West Virginia become first state to collect real-time data on neonatal abstinence syndrome

Amna Umer, an epidemiologist in the West Virginia University Department of Pediatrics, and her research team are working to circumvent barriers to effective healthcare for infants with neonatal-abstinence syndrome. In a recent project, they evaluated a new tool to collect real-time information on statewide NAS diagnoses and cases of fetal substance exposure. Their goal is to help make West Virginia the first state with such a system.

WVU researchers investigate how hospital lighting may hinder patient recovery

Now that Daylight Saving Time has ended, cyclists are attaching lights to their helmets, and dog walkers are storing flashlights next to their leashes. But one place that won’t get darker with the time change is the hospital. New research out of West Virginia University illuminates how the round-the-clock brightness of hospital rooms may stymie some patients’ recovery.

Three WVU students named Rhodes finalists

Three outstanding young women at West Virginia University have been named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the oldest and most celebrated international awards in the world. This may be the first time that WVU has advanced this many finalists for this award.

WVU researcher explores how to improve stroke recovery in obese patients

Paul Chantler, an associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine, is researching why obese stroke patients have more trouble recovering than their lean counterparts. His work, funded by the National Institutes of Health, hints at a medical treatment that may narrow this gap.