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New Genes That Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease Discovered

Updated: 09/08/2009 - A breakthrough in understanding who gets Alzheimer's Disease and how they get it. European scientists say they've discovered a new set of genes that contribute to Alzheimer's Disease, the most common form of dementia.

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Local Health Officials Address H1N1 Concerns

Updated: 09/07/2009 - Local health officials are making sure people in Central Virginia are prepared for the H1N1 swine flu. Thursday, they held a public briefing to spread the word.

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CDC Study: Swine Flu Deaths Higher in Older Kids

Updated: 09/07/2009 - A study of swine flu's impact on children finds that most of its young victims have been of school age. Normally, at least half of the children who die from flu are age 4 and younger. But more than 80 percent of the children who died with swine flu were at least 5.

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First Cases of H1N1 Found in Poultry

Updated: 09/07/2009 - We've heard about the H1N1 virus in humans and pigs, but for the first time cases are being found in poultry in select parts of South America.

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White House: Half the Country Could Catch H1N1

Updated: 09/07/2009 - The White House has released some alarming projections about the spread of the H1N1 virus. Health experts say the virus could quickly spread now that schools across the U.S. are getting back in session.

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Dozens Gather Outside Perriello's Office to Talk Health Care

Updated: 09/07/2009 - Tuesday morning, dozens of people gathered at Congressman Tom Perriello's office to share their thoughts on health care. Organizing for America held the meeting to show support for health care reform, and support for getting the bill passed this year, but supporters weren't the only ones with a message for the Congressman.

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Gov. Kaine: Virginia Will Have H1N1 Vaccines By October

Updated: 09/07/2009 - As the number of H1N1 cases steadily increase in our area, on Tuesday, Governor Tim Kaine announced measures Virginia is undertaking to protect against the H1N1 flu virus. Vaccines should be available by October.

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Study: Smoked, Salted, and Cured Meats Could Increase Cancer Risk

Posted: 08/28/2009 - Parents are being urged to stop putting ham and other processed meats into their children's school lunchboxes. The World Cancer Research Fund warns that children who eat smoked, salted or cured meats could increase their risk of developing cancer later in life.

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UVA Today: Swine Flu in Schools

Updated: 09/21/2009 - As kids head back to school, educators are dealing with a new concern this year, the H1N1 Flu, commonly called the Swine Flu. Dr. James Turner joined us for UVA Today to talk about the disease, the vaccine, planning and preparation.

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Flu Outbreak at Fluvanna County Schools

Updated: 08/27/2009 - Even though it is still summer, a flu alert is going out to Fluvanna schools via a letter to parents of children at the elementary, middle, and high schools. Testing is underway to determine if the flu outbreak is swine flu.

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Reformers Differ on Policy at "Highway to Healthcare" Rally

Updated: 08/25/2009 - The "Highway to Health Care" reform bus arrived in Charlottesville Monday after a summer-long tour of the country. Activists in Charlottesville are speaking their minds about the so-called public option, a government-run health care plan that would compete with private insurers to help keep the cost of premiums down.

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Council Urges Faster Availability of H1N1 Vaccine

Posted: 08/24/2009 - President Barack Obama's scientific advisers are recommending that the government should speed availability of at least a little H1N1 influenza, also known as swine flu, vaccine.

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Infant Mortality Rate Hits Lowest Level in State History

Updated: 08/04/2009 - Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced Tuesday that Virginia’s infant mortality rate has declined to its lowest level in state history. The rate among the state’s African-American population was also reduced to its lowest levels ever.

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Study: No Health Benefits in Choosing Organic

Posted: 07/30/2009 - Researchers in London reviewed 162 scientific papers published over the past 50 years and found no health or nutritional benefits in choosing organic foods over ordinary foods. The organic market is a $48 billion business.

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UVa Researchers Say A Fat Tax May Curb Obesity

Updated: 07/30/2009 - Studies continue to show that waistlines in America are still expanding. Now, leaders in Washington are looking at the idea of creating a "fat tax." Local researchers say, that may not be a bad idea.

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Pregnant Women First to Get Swine Flu Vaccine

Updated: 07/30/2009 - A government panel has recommended that certain groups be placed at the front of the line for swine flu vaccinations this fall, including pregnant women, health care workers, and children six months and older.

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Nearly 2,000 Show Up for Free Health Care in Virginia

Posted: 07/24/2009 - Nearly 2,000 people crowded onto a southwest Virginia fairgrounds and waited hours to receive free dental care, eyeglasses and medical procedures. Several volunteers from the University of Virginia Medical Center provided care.

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Local Doctor Voices Concern Over Health Care Bill

Updated: 07/22/2009 - A local doctor says that President Obama's health care plan will make a growing problem worse by creating more red tape for physicians and bankrupting private insurers.

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