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Signs of Stroke: FAST (Face, Arm, Speech, Time to call 911)

Stroke can happen at any age, even in infants. In fact, one-third of strokes happen to people under age 65. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be changed. Smoking, obesity, heavy drinking, high blood pressure — all can play a role, as can conditions such as heart disease. In this segment, Dr. Nicole Chiota-McCollum discusses why it is important for you to know the signs of a possible stroke, learn your risk factors and identify what you need to do if you suspect you or a loved one...


A Prescription for Information? The UVA Patient and Family Library Is There to Help

What would you say if your doctor gave you a prescription to gather information on your particular condition? This is when the UVA Patient and Family Library can help. A more informed patient can be a better patient, with better outcomes. Listen as Lydia Witman, MLIS discusses information prescriptions as a way for your doctor to guide you to be your own best health advocate. Learn more about the UVA Patient and Family Library Tagged under: Health Care


Understanding Health Information and Terminology

What does it mean to be your own best health advocate? It is The knowledge, ability, and confidence to find and evaluate information about your own health. The Patient & Family Library in the University Hospital lobby near the Information Desk, is a good place to find easy-to-understand health information. Listen as Lydia Witman, MLIS discusses ways to help you understand your health information and be an informed patient. Learn more about the UVA Patient and Family Library Tagged...


Precision Breast IORT

Precision Breast IORT (intraoperative radiation for breast cancer) offers an image guided radiation treatment option for women with early stage breast cancer who apply for and are accepted into the study. With this unique form of IORT, subjects receive concentrated radiation at the time of their lumpectomy combining multiple procedures into a single visit. Listen as Shayna Showalter, MD discusses Precision Breast IORT, a clinical trial option for women with early-stage breast cancer.


Healthy Holiday Eating

The holiday season is full of family, friends, fun and food. That means it's easy to over do it at the buffet table or at a festive party. Hear from Katherine Basbaum, a clinical dietitian with UVA Health Systems, about the healthy way to approach holiday meals and parties.


Celebrating 50 Years of Organ Transplantation at UVA

In June 1967, the UVA Transplant Center transplanted its first solid organ, a kidney. Since then, we have completed over 1,500 kidney transplants, 1,200 liver transplants, and our lung and liver programs have achieved the highest survival rates in the country. As the only Comprehensive Transplant Center in Virginia, UVA has more than 45 years of experience. We provide comprehensive treatment for patients needing heart, lung, pancreas, kidney, liver and islet cell transplants. Hear from...


Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Dense Breasts

If a recent mammogram showed you have dense breast tissue, you may wonder what this means for your breast cancer risk. Doctors know dense breast tissue makes breast cancer screening more difficult and it may increase the risk of breast cancer. In the United States, there are laws that require doctors in some states to inform women when mammograms show they have dense breasts. But just what women should do in response isn't clear. Women who have dense breasts are more likely to develop...


How to Maintain a Heart-Healthy Diet: It's Easier Than You Think!

Eating right: We know how complex it can be. What you eat can have emotional and health impacts and can affect your family and lifestyle. The American Heart Association offers seven simple steps to help avoid cardiovascular disease. Some common questions about heart healthy eating are how much of an impact does sugar have on the cardiovascular system? What are the key foods to incorporate into a heart-healthy diet? Listen in to hear answers to these questions and to learn about key...


Treatment Options for Liver Cancer

The liver is the second most important organ in your body side and liver cancer strikes approximately 33,000 Americans each year. For patients diagnosed with liver cancer, what treatment options are available? Learn more from Dr. Reid Adams, a board-certified surgeon and chief of surgical oncology; as well as the chief of liver and pancreatic surgery at UVA Cancer Center


How Can You Prevent and Treat ACL Injuries?

Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, happen frequently among athletes. How can athletes reduce their risk for ACL injuries? If they do injure their ACL, what is the typical recovery period? Learn more from Dr. Mark Miller, a UVA orthopedic surgeon whose specialties include ACL injuries.


Clinical Trial Examines Epilepsy Medications

UVA will be part of a unique national trial examining the best medication for treating epileptic seizures. Learn more about the trial, and how it differs from most clinical trials from Dr. J. Stephen Huff, a UVA specialist in epilepsy.


Preventing Teen Pregnancies

Why is it so important to continue working to reduce the teen pregnancy rate? How and when should parents discuss this with their children? Learn more from Dr. Nancy McLaren, a UVA pediatrician who specializes in caring for teens.


Answering Common Questions About Vasectomies

Sperm passes from the testes to the penis in tubes called the vas deferens. A vasectomy is a surgery that blocks these tubes. This makes a man unable to make a woman pregnant. Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about vasectomies from Ryan P Smith, MD, a UVA expert in male reproductive medicine and men’s health.


Clinical Trial Tests Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

About 210 million men worldwide suffer from symptoms such as frequent or painful urination caused by an enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). A clinical trial at UVA is examining a non-surgical procedure for these symptoms called prostatic artery embolization. Learn more about the trial from Ziv J. Haskal, MD, a UVA specialist in interventional radiology.


Keys to a Healthy Pregnancy

What are the most important steps a woman can take to have a healthy pregnancy both for them and their baby? Learn more from Vanessa H Gregg, MD., a UVA expert in pregnancy and childbirth.


Head and Neck Cancer: What to Watch For

What are some of the most common symptoms of head and neck cancer? What treatment options are available? Learn more from Paul W. Read, MD, a UVA Cancer Center expert in head and neck cancer.


Should Kids Specialize in One Sport?

How soon is too soon for kids to specialize in a single sport? What are the benefits of playing multiple sports? Learn more from Winston Gwathmey, Jr., MD., a UVA expert in sports medicine?


Pulmonary Embolism: Surgery May Be Necessary

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lungs. The embolism prevents blood and nourishment from getting to a specific area of the lungs. This may lead to the death of lung tissue in this area. Damage to the lungs may make it difficult for the lungs to work properly. In severe cases, a pulmonary embolism can lead to death. Learn more from Dr. Aditya Sharma, a UVA specialist in aneurysms and vascular disease.


When Should You Get a Colonoscopy?

When should you have your first colonoscopy, and how often should you have one? Get recommendations from Dr. Cynthia Yoshida, a UVA specialist in colon cancer and colonoscopies.


How to Deal with Menopause Symptoms

What are some of the most common symptoms of menopause, and what are some potential options for dealing with them? Learn more from Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, a UVA expert in menopause.