Health

Audrey Roberson, a VCU Health nurse, works in the medical respiratory intensive care unit. [View Image]

‘It just breaks my heart’: VCU Health workers share what it’s like on the front line

In a series of filmed interviews, health care workers describe the emotional toll of COVID-19 and provide an intimate look at what it means to walk in their shoes.

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A VCU researcher is studying an app that provides wellness tools during and after pregnancy

Mamma Mia is a self-guided program and, if proven effective, may be a low-cost, sustainable option to help prevent or cope with depressive symptoms.

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Pharmacy students, VCU Police to host Drug Take Back collection site

Oct. 24 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an event to raise awareness of prescription misuse and abuse and provide a safe way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

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8 things you need to know about COVID-19 prevalence testing at VCU

Asymptomatic prevalence testing is quick, easy and free — and it helps our community stay safe.

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Pinterest’s efforts to moderate vaccine discussion may be causing an information vacuum

The social media platform’s 2019 policy to curb vaccine misinformation has led to an increase in the presence of verified medical sources, but a reduction in content visibility.

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Health headlines

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'A drive to be out in the field': How Mirinda Gormley connects research with emergency medicine

The VCU epidemiology graduate and emergency medical services provider conducts research on addiction and substance abuse.

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Class of 2020: Lyndsey Highlander’s second act

After medical issues ended her country music career, Highlander, a VCU nursing student, decided to use her personal experiences to help others.

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In memoriam: Stan Pauley, philanthropist and namesake of the VCU Health Pauley Heart Center

The longtime university benefactor also helped lay the foundation for the VCU College of Engineering and supported clinical research at VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Audrey Roberson, a VCU Health nurse, works in the medical respiratory intensive care unit. [View Image]

‘It just breaks my heart’: VCU Health workers share what it’s like on the front line

In a series of filmed interviews, health care workers describe the emotional toll of COVID-19 and provide an intimate look at what it means to walk in their shoes.

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Doctor’s orders: Diet, exercise and a push in the right direction can reduce cardiovascular disease risk

Data shows that clinicians helping patients eat right and exercise has an even greater benefit for those at risk.

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VCU joins national trial testing three new drugs for COVID-19

The trial — called ACTIV-1 — will enroll VCU Health volunteers to test three “immune modulator” drugs on people hospitalized with COVID-19. The drugs target the dangerous inflammation doctors have seen in COVID-19 patients called the “cytokine storm."

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Weekly calls blossom into friendships between seniors and VCU health sciences students

“It gave us a way to connect with other people in a time when no one is meeting,” said one student of the group’s conversations with Henrico retirees.

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Class of 2020: Becky Zenkevich is looking within, and learning to better care for older adults

The occupational therapist and gerontology student has lived through several jarring life events — and on three continents — while taking classes at VCU.

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