As a Matter of Fat: American’s Obession with Weight

Part I: For the first time in history, overweight Americans outnumber “normal-sized” ones. University of Virginia exercise physiologist Glenn Gaesser, author of Big Fat Lies, says dieting almost always promotes the very thing …


Political Literacy: What Americans Should Know Before Voting

On Tuesday this week, millions of Americans will cast their votes to elect our nations’ leader. Yet many Americans know little about politics, and the blurring of lines between party …


Heal Thyself: Over-The-Counter Drugs and Alternative Medicines

Part I: With the explosion of over-the-counter drugs, consumers can treat dozens of illnesses that once required trips to the doctor. Dr. Graham Patrick, professor of pharmacology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medical …


Forever Young: New Medical Research to Live Longer, Better

Part I: University of Virginia biomedical engineer Paul Allaire discusses his development of magnetic bearings for use in heart pumps. The bearings improve blood flow and eliminate the need for mechanical lubricants that …


Spreading the Wealth: Regional Tax Revenue Sharing

To stave off annexation battles and to improve metropolitan regions as a whole, many Virginia counties are now sharing tax revenues with neighboring cities. Norfolk State University sociologist Ronald Proctor and Virginia …


Turf Wars: The Debate Over Regional Government

As Virginia’s innercity problems spill over into the surburban counties, local governments are looking at the ways cities and counties can cooperate to improve the lives of all citizens. Christopher …

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