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Genetic Screening for the Heart

Matthew Thomas and Matthew Wolf (University of Virginia Health System)

Through genetic screening, a heart clinic is able to assess a patient’s risk of inherited heart conditions that lead to sudden cardiac death.

12 mins

Carry This Grief

Lisa Ellison

At age 20, Ellison’s brother committed an awful crime and then took his own life. Ellison is now an advocate for suicide prevention and mental health counselor.

11 mins

Picturing Depression

Pearl Chiu (Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute)

Depression affects almost 15 million American adults, yet doctors still don’t know much about how it works. New research shows that it may be possible to make a personalized diagnosis of depression through images of the brain. Our guest Pearl Chiu is an assistant professor of psychology at Virginia Tech who conducts her research at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke.

5 mins

Combating HIV in African American Populations

John Fife (Virginia State University)

HIV infections are rising among a surprising segment of the population–African Americans over the age of 50. Fife is working to combat this disturbing trend.

10 mins

Help Me See (Getting Better Global Vision)

Glenn Strauss (HelpMeSee)

Millions of people in developing countries go blind due to cataracts because there aren’t enough surgeons trained in the five-minute procedure to remove them. Strauss is designing a simulator that will train 30,000 specialists who could give millions the life-changing operation.

12 mins

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