It’s a dark paradox that hits uncomfortably close to home: Southwest Virginia has both some of the nation’s worst opioid abuse, as well as cancer death rates that are 23 percent higher than the state average, facts that often leave care providers in a quandary when determining who gets pain-relief drugs – and who doesn’t.

But are tighter restrictions on opioid drugs leaving too many cancer patients awash in pain?

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The legacy of a Muslim University of Virginia graduate killed in the line of duty in Iraq became part of the national conversation after his father spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, the first member of UVA’s Army ROTC program to die in combat since the Vietnam War, was killed in June 2004 at the age of 27 when he attempted to stop two suicide bombers outside his base in Baquabah. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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A new smartphone app is helping some University of Virginia Health System surgery patients follow a treatment program to better prepare them for surgery and speed their recovery.

Since 2013, colorectal surgery patients at UVA have used the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program. ERAS aims to educate patients, improve their outcomes and help to make them more comfortable before and after their surgery.

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A national organization for education facilities recently awarded the University of Virginia its 2016 Sustainability Award for leadership in embedding sustainable practices throughout the University.

Formerly known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, the 100-year-old group, APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities gives the award to recognize the current level and effort of a facilities management department and the integration of sustainability into the academic curriculum of the institution.  

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A molecule being targeted in cancer is also critical for the immune system’s ability to battle pneumonia, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined. The finding may offer a new way for doctors to boost patients’ ability to fight off the life-threatening infection as bacteria become more and more resistant to antibiotics.

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The University of Virginia’s hometown continues to draw plaudits for its entrepreneurial ecosystem, with Entrepreneur magazine naming the Charlottesville area No. 4 on its list of the 50 best cities for entrepreneurs.

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Waterborne pathogens sicken millions of people each year in countries with limited access to clean drinking water. Children and AIDS sufferers in particular can suffer devastating long-term effects, and even death, from repeated exposure to tainted water.

Through a University of Virginia program called PureMadi – “madi” is the Tshivenda South African word for “water” – students from a range of majors have been working in South Africa in recent years, collaborating with local citizens to build water filter factories in two villages with a great need for clean water.

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Every Friday night for 43 years, Dave Rogers has hit the Charlottesville airwaves as “Professor Bebop,” a jive-talking radio host leading listeners on a tour of rhythm and blues.

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Two years ago, as renovations of the University of Virginia’s historic Rotunda began, all tenants were forced to move out – including Thomas Jefferson.

Or at least Alexander Galt’s famous statue of the University’s founder, who originally designed the very building he was being evicted from.

On Tuesday, with the renovations nearing an end and the Rotunda’s reopening on the horizon, workers carefully moved Jefferson’s statue from its temporary home in the Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture.

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Mid-July at the University of Virginia can appear deceptively quiet. Thick, soupy heat and the occasional thunderstorm collude to keep people indoors, leaving the brick-paved walkways on Grounds nearly empty.

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News erupted July 15 that Turkey was in the midst of a coup. It failed in the end, and now the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the midst of a major crackdown.

Tens of thousands of people, including judges, have been fired or arrested and deans of colleges and universities have been asked to resign. On Thursday, Erdogan placed the country under a three-month state of emergency that gives the government sweeping powers to squelch perceived threats to democracy.

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This summer, University of Virginia carpenters are recreating a Jeffersonian roof on top of an original Jeffersonian roof.

When Thomas Jefferson designed UVA’s Academical Village, he envisioned flat roofs over the student rooms.

“Jefferson liked flat roofs, so he designed a serrated roof covered with a deck,” said James D.W. Zehmer, historic preservation project manager with UVA’s Facilities Planning & Construction Department. “The water was supposed to run through the deck boards and into the valleys of the wood roofs.

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Positioned squarely along both the Monticello Wine Trail and Virginia’s Brew Ridge Trail, Charlottesville has become a favorite destination for beer and wine lovers alike. New barrelhouses and tasting rooms are popping up all the time.

But until now it was difficult for local companies to access some essential support services that brewers and winemakers need. A new company out of the University of Virginia’s i.Lab Incubator is filling that gap.

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Siva Vaidhyanathan is no stranger to the spotlight. The director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Media and Citizenship and Robertson Professor of Media Studies regularly shares his commentary on privacy and communications in the news, and has even had a cameo on “The Daily Show,” but watching an actor portray him on a New York stage this summer was a first.

“It was by far the weirdest moment of my scholarly career,” Vaidhyanathan said. “It was also flattering beyond belief.”

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In an election year that has captivated the world, the University of Virginia is in the thick of the action, offering nonpartisan analyses and important historical context for both major party conventions. UVA Today videographer Mitch Powers obtained media credentials to this week’s Republican National Convention and recorded a behind-the-scenes look at the University’s experts at work.

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An innovative program for following up with heart failure patients at the University of Virginia Health System has reduced costs for both patients and the hospital and improved patient outcomes, researchers have determined.

The program costs roughly the salary of two nurse practitioners, but reduces costs by about 75 percent per patient within the first 30 days of discharge from the hospital, the researchers found.

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Strolling the manicured gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s home this week, special education teacher Linda Hardee was already excited about sharing newly digitized versions of the Founding Father’s papers with her elementary school students in Huntsville, Alabama.

“Many of our students have gaps in their knowledge of early American history, which is such an important time period, and even more important during an election year,” Hardee said. “I’m excited to have a wealth of digital resources that will let them access primary sources.”

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Incoming-first year and transfer students have been flocking to Grounds in waves this summer to meet future classmates, schedule fall classes and get a taste of what it means to be part of the University of Virginia community.

Leading the way for the incoming students are upperclassmen who are serving up helpings of advice, insider tips and tales of personal experiences in hopes of making the transition to UVA just a little bit easier. Approximately 4,000 students attend one of nine orientation sessions in advance of fall semester, which begins Aug. 23.

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The University of Virginia ranks 40th among the world’s 25,000-plus degree-granting institutions of higher education, according to a Saudi Arabia-based organization.

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Local middle and high school students received hands-on experience in radio production this month at WTJU’s third annual Summer Radio Camp.

On the air since 1957, WTJU is the University of Virginia’s student- and community-run radio station. From its Lambeth Commons studios, the station plays classical, folk, jazz and rock, and covers community events such as live music concerts, cultural events and educational programs. Its signal covers all of Charlottesville, and through its completely student-run online outlet, WXTJ, reaches all corners of the world.

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