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Women and Depression

By some estimates women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression. Researchers have posited numerous theories for the gender difference: a variance in brain structure, reproductive function, …

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Asthma and Synthetic Blood

Physicians often recommend that asthma sufferers get rid of their pets. But allergist Thomas Platts-Mills (University of Virginia) thinks in some cases that’s not what the doctor should order. A recent study …

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“Smart Bombs” in the Cancer War

Radiation and chemotherapy are traditional weapons in the fight against cancer. John Roberts (Virginia Commonwealth University) says promising research is underway at the Massey Cancer Center that should help doctors take more …

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Politics in the Old Dominion

We look at the significance of the Nov. 2nd vote—an election that some predict will result in Republican domination of Virginia politics. Why is politics in the Old Dominion described …

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Aging in Rural Virginia

Too often older Americans suffer the ravages of illnesses and even dementia without knowing there are remedies. Anita Heisterman (University of Virginia)and Susan Garrett (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) evaluate the efforts of …

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Election ’98: Searching for the Ideal Candidate

In the wake of Lewinsky and Starr, pundits discuss the Congressional elections and the “Ideal Politician of the 21st Century.” Also: A look at Virginia political dynasties with analysts Bob Holsworth …

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For Better or Worse: The Public and Political Ethics

Virginia Commonwealth University political scientist Scott Keeter joins Bob Roberts (James Madison University), author of The Public Integrity War, for a discussion of our national obsession with the ethical conduct of politicians. Roberts blames an …

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High Anxiety: Understanding Social Disorders

Part I: Education professor Valerie Morprew of Longwood College shares new approaches for treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Find the segment audio here. Part II: Mark McCormick, a Virginia Commonwealth University psychiatrist and director of the …

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Tragic Endings: Suicide and the Elderly

The rate of suicide among the elderly is 50 percent higher than that of the general population. And it continues to climb. For some people, suicide is becoming a ritualized …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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