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Worried About Hot Flashes?
General Health 10/29/2012

Hot flashes are a bothersome symptom of menopause. Right now, the only approved treatment is hormone therapy, but many women can’t or don’t want to take hormone therapy because it carries a small increased risk of breast cancer. Researchers at UVA have found that gabapentin, a drug developed to fight…

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Mindfulness for Caregivers: How the Helpers Get Helped (Part 2)
General Health 7/26/2012

Previously, I spoke with John Schorling, MD, who leads mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) classes for doctors and other care providers twice a year with the UVA Mindfulness Center. Here's my conversation with Laura Meyer, a caregiver in the community who took one of Dr. Schorling’s classes in April of 2011. What is…

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Mindfulness for Caregivers: How the Helpers Get Helped (Part 1)
General Health 7/24/2012

In January, we looked at several ways our hospital uses mindfulness and other integrative medicine methods to help patients heal. But patients also benefit when our doctors also learn to practice mindfulness - they give better care. To find out how this works, I spoke with both a mindfulness class…

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Zombies, Sports, Recovery and More: Summer Reading, Part II
General Health 6/15/2012

Need some beach reading? Yesterday, we gave you some ideas for books about parenting and eating healthy, books with a health focus that don’t read like a textbook. Today, we’ve got more recommendations, all from UVA doctors and staff. Sports “Walk On: Life from the End of the Bench” by…

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Summer Reading with a Healthcare Twist, Part 1
General Health 6/14/2012

In this two-part series, we’ll cover books on parenting, sports injuries, psychology, healing, aging and more. It’s that time of year when summer reading lists pop up as abundantly as the mosquitoes; this year, we decided to add ours to the fray. To give our book recommendations a different kind…

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Family’s Cancer Battle Inspires Teen to Study Nursing
General Health 12/13/2011

Darcy Alimenti spent much of her teen years watching her mother and brother fight cancer. [caption id="attachment_2453" align="alignright" width="300"] Darcy Alimenti (left) helps a visitor during her volunteer shift in UVA's emergency room.[/caption] First, her older brother was diagnosed with leukemia during her freshman year of high school. She visited…

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Tackling a Weight Problem with Bariatric Surgery
General Health 12/1/2011

[caption id="attachment_2302" align="alignright" width="300"] Mary and Bob Brittain with their grandson[/caption] The birth of their first grandchild nearly three years ago inspired Bob and Mary Brittain of Lake Monticello, Va., to get healthy. The couple, both retired from the U.S. Air Force, were overweight with accompanying health problems: high blood…

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Gamma Knife Questions? Ask a Doctor – Specifically, Ask Dr. Sheehan

[caption id="attachment_1286" align="alignright" width="288"] Gamma Knife Center director Dr. Jason Sheehan[/caption] Brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), pituitary tumors. Brain surgery, which comes with risk of infection and damage, used to be the only chance you had for treatment. And if that surgery failed, you did not really have another option.…

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8 Great Ways to Keep Your Kids Fit During the Summer
General Health 8/5/2011

Who knew summer could be a health hazard? Yet it is: As Layla O’Leary, outreach coordinator of the UVA Children’s Fitness Clinic, explains, whether it’s the heat, camp costs, or safety reasons, many families find summer to be a “sneaky pitfall. ... While some kids do participate in camp and…

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