America’s hospitals are undergoing another emergency: The pandemic has worsened a decade-long shortage of hundreds of needed drugs. At the University of Virginia’s medical center, technicians are filling single-dose drug orders for nearly 700 patients. Assistant pharmacy manager Brian Spoehlhof’s job is to find drugs in short supply. “By the time I come in, we have a new list of new medications that are short,” Spoehlhof said. Spoehlhof said he is constantly looking for about 90 critical drugs.
The University of Virginia has announced that all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8.
New research from the University of Virginia offers insights into the cause of the seizures, thereby promising better treatments for people suffering from epilepsy. In a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers write that the problems in the brain’s cortical microcircuits can trigger epileptic seizures. A type of brain cell, in particular, called the somatostatin interneurons can trigger epileptic seizures when it goes haywire.
The University of Virginia says it is now requiring all of its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, unless they have a “university-approved religious or medical exemption.”
Virginia’s race for governor matters because it’s the only competitive big election this year, but it’s not “an unerring predictor” of what will happen in next year’s midterm elections, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, in an email.
13News Now asked University of Virginia Infectious Disease Professor Dr. Bill Petri about the safety of mixing vaccines. Petri said mixing is safe because of an intensive study conducted at the University of Maryland. “They actually tried every single combination of the three vaccines that we have. So it will be like nine different ways of mixing and matching vaccines and the really good news is, it works great however you do it,” said Petri. Petri said mixing the vaccines also proved to be effective too. “There’s actually no way you can go wrong with this.
It may be time to throw out your onions. A salmonella outbreak linked to onions has sickened more than 600 people, including 59 in Virginia. White, yellow, or red onions without a sticker to confirm where they were grown could be dangerous. Dr. Bill Petri, a University of Virginia infectious disease specialist says reach out to your doctor for antibiotics if you develop a fever. “It was onions from Chihuahua, Mexico that were imported and contaminated with salmonella. It probably happened because the water that was used to irrigate the field was contaminated,” Petri said.
The University of Virginia Center for Politics is keeping an eye on the races for the upcoming general election. J. Miles Coleman thinks Republican Jason Miyares is running a good campaign against Attorney General Mark Herring. “I’ve heard from some of my Republican sources that Miyares may be, if you look at the three campaigns, he may be running the best campaign on the Republican side,” he said. “So we’ll see if that can help him overperform the rest of the ticket.”
(Commentary by Kyle Kondik and J. Miles Coleman, political analysts at UVA’s Center for Politics) The vote count in California is finally done, and there were some noticeable trends in the results. While the recall election largely lined up with the 2018 gubernatorial result, some notable changes are evident when comparing last month’s vote to other recent statewide races.
UVA researchers have found that the antidepressant best known as Prozac could be the first effective treatment against age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness among people over the age of 50.
(Podcast and transcript) This is Eric Topol for Medscape, with my co-host, Abraham Verghese, for our podcast, Medicine and the Machine. Today we're privileged to have Dr Ebony Hilton with us. She is an anesthesiologist and on the critical care medicine faculty of the University of Virginia.
This election does not look anything like the presidential election in 2020, when President Joe Biden won Virginia by ten points. In fact, there is a possibility the state could turn red after eight years of being blue. "Now it's a dead heat," said political analyst J. Miles Coleman at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
(Podcast) Two professors at the University of Virginia proposed a tax subsidy to increase civic engagement and volunteering in a time of income inequality and political polarization. In their paper, The Charitable Tax Deduction and Civic Engagement, Andrew Hayashi and Justin Hopkins propose that all taxpayers with adjusted gross income less than the national median would get the Community Contribution Credit. Hayashi is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law and Hopkins is a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
A booster shot assists the body in creating memory cells that are durable and are capable of fighting off pathogens for stretches of time, said Costi Sifri, director of hospital epidemiology at UVA Health. “[Boosters] are basically providing a second signal for the immune system to fully complete its response,” he said. “They hardwire the immune system to respond to that pathogen.”
In 2019, Dr. Lewis and other members of the American Academy of Neurology/American Neurological Association/Child Neurology Society Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee, along with Pope and Richard Bonnie, a lawyer and professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, made a case for revising the UDDA in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. A few months later, Dr. Lewis, Pope, and Bonnie reiterated their case in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
In fact, Facebook has been hinting at a rebrand for years, according to Siva Vaidyanathan, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia, whose book, “Antisocial Media,” examines the company’s sins. “The Facebook of today has never been the end game for Zuckerberg,” Vaidyanathan says. “He’s always wanted his company to be the operating system of our lives that can socially engineer how we live and what we know.”
(Commentary by Edwin T. Burton, visiting professor of economics) If the U.S. Treasury 10-year note earns you 1.7% per year, then you better hope that the prices of goods you buy – or plan to buy – don’t rise faster than 1.7% per year. For the past couple of decades, yields on the 10-year Treasury note have roughly achieved that outcome. While investors have not really made any “real” return after inflation was factored in, they have not lost much either. That, however, is likely to change.
“Most Americans believe that government should be helping solve our problems and that compromise is better than obstruction,” said Jennifer Lawless, a political science professor at the University of Virginia. “But the incentives for our elected leaders to do compromise has dissipated, creating a vicious cycle where we’re seeing less action on what the average American wants. By the same token, there’s also a very, very little incentive for the elected leaders to deliver moderation, because there’ll be a primary, and they’ll lose.”
University of Virginia officials announced Thursday that all employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 or face suspension or possible termination, as the university works to comply with a September executive order issued by President Joe Biden.