More than 80% of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are cared for at home by family members, usually spouses or partners. These caregivers routinely experience high levels of stress, anxiety and depression while seeing to the needs of their loved ones. Over time, often through years of providing increasingly demanding levels of support, the stress and strains of caregiving can result in health issues for the caregiver.

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Critics of University of Virginia men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett’s style of play used to say – among many things – that his system couldn’t produce NBA players.

That knock – just like all the others prior to a certain game on April 8, 2019 – has long been put to rest.

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The recent death of baseball’s popular Boston Red Sox hitter Bill Buckner, who had Lewy body dementia, has once again brought the ravaging disease into the headlines, just four years after actor Robin Williams, riddled by the same disease, committed suicide.

Buckner, a talented longtime major leaguer whose error in the 1986 World Series has lived on in infamy, died May 27 at the age of 69.

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Fourteen years ago, Dr. Mohan Nadkarni started a course designed to give first-year University of Virginia medical school students some real-world experience outside of the hospital setting.

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Twenty-one University of Virginia alumni and graduate students have received Fulbright Scholarships offering research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries. This represents the largest cohort of Fulbright recipients from the University in one year.

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The last time the University of Virginia men’s basketball program had three players picked in the same NBA Draft was in 1987 when Olden Polynice, Andrew Kennedy and Tom Sheehey went in the first, second and fourth round, respectively.

On Thursday night, it could happen again.

In what is now just a two-round draft, De’Andre Hunter is projected to go within the first eight picks; Ty Jerome in the 20-30 range; and Kyle Guy possibly in the second round.

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Eight University of Virginia Children’s Hospital specialties earned a top-50 national ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide.

The eight ranked specialties are:

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The University of Virginia has been ranked the 7th most welcoming college or university to LGBTQ students in the country.

The Campus Pride Index, an independent national scorecard of best practices, put UVA in the top ten for its LGBTQ-friendly campus life. It is a dramatic jump for the University, which was ranked 38th last year.

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Like a Hoos’ defensive possession that culminates in a shot-clock violation, the anticipation has been building for years.

Now it’s finally here.

Well, almost.

In a little more than two months, the ACC Network – a cable and satellite channel owned by ESPN dedicated to 24/7 coverage of Atlantic Coast Conference – will debut.

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Paul M. Gaston, a professor emeritus who died June 14 at the age of 91, often spoke and wrote about the University of Virginia’s early days of segregation and desegregation – because he was someone who had been there. A Southern white man from Alabama, he became a historian of the American South and an activist in the local civil rights movement in Charlottesville.

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Matthew Newton’s WUVA news team produced 17 videos in seven days after Final Exercises this year.

Reporters from the University of Virginia’s student-run digital media outlet covered not only graduation weekend – which included a speech from Pharrell Williams and numerous events for the Class of 2019 – but also the Presidential Ideas Festival, which brought almost 100 White House veterans, including former president Bill Clinton, to Grounds.

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A clerkship is a great way to start a legal career. For Paul Hurdle, a 1973 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and one of the oldest law clerks in the country, it’s not a bad way to end one, either.

Hurdle, who turned 71 in March, is clerking for Judge Craig A. Karsnitz at the Superior Court of Delaware. And he says there’s no place he would rather be.

The trial court where Hurdle works has original jurisdiction over most types of criminal and civil cases, and hears appeals on administrative disputes, family matters and certain misdemeanors.

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Protestors, some tens or hundreds of thousands strong, have roiled Hong Kong for more than a week and prompted violent clashes between citizens and police.

At the heart of the tension is a bill that would allow extradition to mainland China. Supporters believe the change would promote justice and the rule of law; critics worry that it would endanger political activists, who could potentially be sent to mainland China and face judgement from the Communist Party.

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Looking for a good book to read on vacation and before classes begin?

Here are a few suggestions from faculty members and alumni at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Check it out.

Darryl K. Brown

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In the two decades since her graduation, University of Virginia alumna Kait Dunton has produced six albums of original music, reached the Top 10 on jazz radio charts and toured the country as one of the genre’s rising stars.

Asked if she could have imagined such a future as a UVA student, the pianist and composer chuckled.

“No way,” she said.

One of her professors could, though. Dunton credits trumpeter John D’earth, a local jazz legend and longtime director of UVA’s jazz performance program, with believing in her music even before she did.

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A 3-year-old German Shepherd has just joined the police force at the University of Virginia. Rexo joins German Shepherd Nahla, a 2-and-a-half-year-old.

Nahla is handled by Officer Audrell Ragland, who handled Muki, a 10-year-old Belgian Malinios who retired from the force in February after 8 years of service.

UVA Today met with Rexo and his handler, Officer Samuel Joy, to learn more about the young pup and what he will be doing at UVA.

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The integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia, commonly known as “iTHRIV,” has awarded funding to four multi-institutional research projects through the Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program. By providing seed grant funding to support early-phase research projects, the program is intended to accelerate joint discovery and the application of translational medical research.

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Think back to the last team-building activity you did for work or school. Maybe it was a scavenger hunt, a chili cookoff or even a trust fall.

Now, imagine what would have happened if your team had done archery instead, or taken a cooking class, or played something called “bubble soccer,” involving large, human-sized inflatables. Would that have made the experience more memorable, and more valuable?

University of Virginia alumnus Ryan Ho thinks so – and so do Google, Facebook, Apple, Disney, Nike and many more of his clients.

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Over the first two weekends of June, more than 5,200 University of Virginia alumni and their guests descended on Grounds to celebrate their class reunions.

They reconnected with friends, held class dinners all over Grounds, snapped selfies with national championship trophies, met UVA President Jim Ryan and made mad dashes for Bodo’s bagels.

And, they kept the environmental impact of all that activity to a bare minimum.

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