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Virginia Tech Lab Tracks and Predicts Spread of Infectious Diseases Through Populations

Thu, 08/04/2016 - 8:00am -- WCVE

For the first time ever, the CDC has issued a warning for people not to travel to an American neighborhood for fear of catching an infectious disease. For Science Matters, 88.9 WCVE’s Charles Fishburne reports.

It is a small community just outside Miami, where the ZIKA virus is being spread by local mosquitoes and Virginia Tech epidemiologist Dr. Bryan Lewis saw it coming.

Question Your World: Will Planes Ever Go Solar?

In July of 2016 a huge energy milestone was accomplished when the Solar Impulse 2 plane successfully ended its around the world trip without using a single drop of fossil fuel. While this is journey being celebrated around the world it’s also raising a lot of questions. So today let’s ask the big question that could one day impact how we visit relatives, make work trips, and plan our vacations.

Technology Helps Blind Individuals Prepare to Work

Technology allows people who are blind to do just about anything they want, according to Peggy Fields, Ph.D., Program Director for Rehabilitation Technology Services with the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI).

“I would have trouble imagining many jobs that a blind person, given the right technology and training, couldn’t do,” she said. What about driving a truck, she was asked? “Well, they’'re already testing self-driving cars.”

VCU Surgeon Ranked Among Nation's Most Active in Deep Brain Stimulation

Patients from across the country and surgeons from around the world come to benefit from the practice and pioneering work of VCU Health’s Dr. Kathryn Holloway, who has been listed among the most active in the world in deep brain stimulation. Dr. Holloway relieves the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, dystonia and essential tremor, by inserting a probe deep into the brain.

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