Research team targets agents that cause wound infections
When a soldier is suffering from an infection, he wants to begin the diagnosis and treatment processes immediately. But current methods take several days to confirm infection, leaving healthcare providers with limited and less-than-ideal options. A team of West Virginia University scientists, however, is working on a way to quickly detect agents that cause would infections, as a way to serve those brave men and women who serve in the US armed forces.
Physician combats chronic pain with acupuncture
Every Tuesday at the Clark K. Sleeth Family Medicine Center, 16-20 patients are treated with medical acupuncture by family medicine physician Kendra Unger, MD. “I think people like that the university is offering something different that they can’t really get anywhere else. There are other acupuncturists in the area, but none of them are medical acupuncturists,” Unger said.
Study eases fears, helps participants receive care that is necessary
Like the pursuit of a cure for the common cold, Daniel W. McNeil, PhD, has set his sights on finding a remedy for a problem that is not likely to go away any time soon.
Pediatric supportive care team gives guidance to families
The close-knit team works with children and families who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting disease or illness such as cancer or cystic fibrosis. They provide children with comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms, and stress of serious illness. They also provide bereavement support when a loss is suffered.
Nursing professor’s discoveries could be a boost for stroke patients
When a stroke occurs, the horn blows, the clock starts, and the race is on. Within minutes, brain cells can begin to die. It happens quickly, but the damage is lasting.
Medical students gain more tools to help patients be well
The MedCHEFS program at WVU Eastern Division is breaking new ground by emphasizing nutrition and exercise in interactions between medical doctors and patients. The Medical Curriculum in Health Exercise and Food Sciences (MedCHEF) provides medical students with effective tools to help them change health problems like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease which are most common in West Virginia.
WV STEPS Center receives generous gift to expand
At first glance, the exam rooms are identical to what you would see in any typical hospital. Equipment is set up the same fashion. Monitors display what appears to be actual patient data. Staff is dressed in hospital scrubs, and the hallways are bustling with activity and commotion. It isn’t until you look more closely at the patient’s bed that you realize it’s not actually a person who is being treated. Rather, it’s a manikin.
Testing center for generic drugs aids students and consumers
Generic drugs save consumers and insurers billions of dollars a year. But before they make it to market, their manufacturers must prove to the Food and Drug Administration that their products are equally safe and effective as the branded medicines they will replace. Part of that process requires independent testing on healthy human volunteers.