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The Roots of a Cure: Native American Medicinal Plants

Part I: Virginia Commonwealth University pharmacologist John A. Rosecrans describes his research on the neurological effects of nicotine and how anti-smoking efforts may be stifling research on the beneficial applications of nicotine in …

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New Advances in Medical Research

Part I: University of Virginia oncologist Dr. Leland Chung is working with a team of scientists, who may be just two years away from testing on humans a vaccine for prostate cancer. Chung …

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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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You Must Remember This: Advertising and Memory

Advertisers will spend millions of dollars on this year’s Super Bowl to get us want to wear their jeans, drink their sodas, and drive their cars. When we’re happy, their …

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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 …

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It’s a Small World: The Threat of Unchecked Population Growth

The world’s population is expected to double between 1990 and 2050, the shortest doubling rate in man’s history. The pressures on food and water supplies will be unprecedented. George Mason …

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The Sky’s the Limit: The Role of the Heavens Across Cultures

From astrology to Zen, the heavens have been revered in every culture under the sun. Have Martian bacteria and multiple moon walks demystified the skies for modern man? University of …

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Mineral Fights: The Role of Geology in Civil War Battles

Virginia was the most populous Southern state and the most agriculturally and industrially developed. But it wasn’t Virginia’s cities, farms or factories that set the stage for some of the …

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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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Up a Creek: The Health of Virginia’s Waterways

Erosion, farm run-off, and expanding development are placing a strain on Virginia’s streams and rivers. Virginia State University marine scientist Barry Fox joins Virginia Tech wildlife scientist Richard Neves for a look at the …

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Replay: Risky Business: Storing Hazardous Chemicals and Waste

Part I: Virginia Tech environmental scientist David Conn discusses the dangers of above-ground storage of hazardous chemicals in Virginia and what can be done to prevent a potentially fatal accident. Find the segment …

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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 …