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Deadly Virus and Bacteria Combination in Pulaski County Victims is Rare

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Even though Hantavirus was officially ruled out yesterday, they were being treated for Group A Strep , Influenza B and Hantavirus just in case. More>>

Forrmer Virginia Tech Football Player Partnering with SML YMCA for Sports Training Camp

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Aformer Hokie football player is getting ready for his summer training camp for young local athletes. Carlton Weatherford is partnering with the Smith Mountain LakeYMCA for the program."It's going to be a great opportunity for kids to get our and have some fun this summer first and foremost but to also learn some techniques about how to get faster and quicker," explains Weatherford.Link to more about Weatherford Performance Training. More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Myth: 8 glasses of water a day is enough for hydration. More>>

Researchers Hope to find Solutions for Teens Before Risky Behavior Begins

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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Virginia Tech's Psychology Department are partnering on research for the next four years. More>>

June is the First Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

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Local health leaders are preparing for the first Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month coming up in June. The Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia invites us to go purple to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease and brain risk. One hundred thirty thousand people in Virginia are living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. June 21st is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Organizers want all of us to make that a day a day of activity. Participants will com... More>>

Roanoke County Student Receives Support From School Friends and Teachers

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One thing holds true in Southwest Virginia, our schools are a major part of the community. More>>

Ask Karen

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Q: My husband needs your help! There is an ongoing shortage of the medication called cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12 injectable) More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Thoughts of flu are long behind many of us,unless you were one of the people who got sick from it this season. Myth:This flu season was worse than last year. More>>

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Develops New Cancer Research Initiative Video included

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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Insititue brings in millions of research dollars to the Roanoke Valley. More>>

Virginia Tech disease resource goes global Video included

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Virginia Bioinformatics Institute through Virginia Tech is using technology to help scientists all over the world collaborate on ways to fight diseases such as Tuberculosis. More>>

Healthcare career supply and demand balances out in Roanoke Video included

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Carilion Clinic and Jefferson College of Health Sciences have a relationship that fills gaps in healthcare and allows people to study and work near home.

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Mythbuster Monday: Stress and Sleep Video included

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Stress and sleep are not a good combination.

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Getting sick from the food we eat is showing positive and negative trends

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Campylobacter infections related to contaminated chicken are up 13%

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Mythbuster Monday

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Beating the heat information from Virginia Department of Health.

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Does cereal have too many vitamins for kids?

(Source: CNN) (Source: CNN)
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Most parents are concerned about their kids getting enough vitamins. Should they also worry about giving their kids too much? More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Myth: Newer tanning beds are safer than older versions. More>>

Adult Care Center of the Roanoke Valley making changes to improve participant experience Video included

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Adult Care Center of the Roanoke Valley provides services for adults 21 and older who need attention and help with day to day activities. More>>

Mythbuster Monday Video included

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Myth: It's impossible to turn of thoughts before bed (ie mind races and prevents sleep) More>>

Roanoke Researchers Create Therapy That Shows Results in Children with Cerebral Palsy Video included

Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey, PhD. Dr. Sharon Landesman Ramey, PhD.
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Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is leading the way in promising therapy that allows the brain to train the impaired side of a child's body. More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Myth: Rain eases allergy symptoms.True for some and false for others."It depends on to what you are sensitive. Peopletalk about rain washing pollen out of the air and there is something to that, but a number of our patients are walking barometers. When a rain front comes through they are miserable because of the change in barometric pressure," explains Dr. Geoff Harter, Jefferson Surgical Clinic. More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Myth: I am too young to worry about heart disease. More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Myth:  Cholesterol screenings are only for people over 50. More>>

Mythbuster Monday

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Myth: I should avoid exercise after having a heart attack. More>>

  • Ask KarenMore>>

  • Ask Karen

    Ask Karen

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:33 GMT
    Q: My husband needs your help! There is an ongoing shortage of the medication called cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12 injectable)
    Q: My husband needs your help! There is an ongoing shortage of the medication called cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12 injectable)
  • Ask Karen: Building Muscle

    Ask Karen: Building Muscle

    Q: What is the best diet for building muscle? Dr. Ally Bowersock, PhD, Director of Exercise Science at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, "You want to focus on protein intake but not exclusively protein.
    Q: What is the best diet for building muscle? Dr. Ally Bowersock, PhD, Director of Exercise Science at Jefferson College of Health Sciences, "You want to focus on protein intake but not exclusively protein.
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  • Mythbuster Monday: Stress and Sleep

    Mythbuster Monday: Stress and Sleep

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:30 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:30:12 GMT

    Stress and sleep are not a good combination.

    Stress and sleep are not a good combination.

  • Mythbuster Monday

    Mythbuster Monday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:09 GMT

    Beating the heat information from Virginia Department of Health.

    Beating the heat information from Virginia Department of Health.

  • Mythbuster Monday

    Mythbuster Monday

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:10 GMT
    Myth: Newer tanning beds are safer than older versions.
    Myth: Newer tanning beds are safer than older versions.
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  • Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:49 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:49:17 GMT
    Rep. Jeff Miller's background as a real estate broker will come in handy as the Florida Republican tries to a sell a $17 billion veterans health care bill to a GOP caucus that includes tea party members dead...
    The Senate on Tuesday unanimously confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary, with a mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health...
  • Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US

    Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:48:08 GMT
    Two American aid workers have tested positive for the Ebola virus while working to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease at a hospital in Liberia, a relief group official said.
    U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote.
  • $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    $1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:22 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:22:20 GMT
    A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.
    The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million.
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