Digest U.Va. News Daily
University hosts statewide ESL conference
Virginias public school systems are experiencing a population
explosion of children who do not speak English as their first
language. More than 130 educators throughout the state were expected
to attend the annual Virginia Association of Teachers of English
to Speakers of Other Languages conference at U.Va. Oct. 11 to
discuss the increasing challenges that todays teachers face.
starts states first Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program
How should a child born with a heart defect be cared for as an
adult? What happens when adults with heart defects give birth
to children of their own?
answer these questions and continue the specialized care that
these adults need, the Health System has started the states
first Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a collaboration
between U.Va.s Childrens Heart Center and its Heart
and Vascular Center.
majority of adult heart clinics focus on heart attacks, rhythm
disorders, heart failure and heart disease prevention. U.Va.s
new program will focus on congenital heart defects and the complications
that can follow.
finding that once children with congenital heart defects grow
up, they often stop getting the follow-up care they need,
said Dr. Amy Tucker, associate professor of medicine in the cardiovascular
division. These adults need a place to go and be seen by
physicians with experience in congenital heart defects.
And now they have one. (Oct. 17-19)
treatment for pituitary tumors uses implanted wafers
Neurosurgeons at U.Va.s Health System are studying a new
way to treat tumors in the pituitary gland. While most pituitary
tumors are benign, some people experience aggressive recurrence
after surgical removal. To help reduce the chances of the tumors
returning, chemotherapy wafers are being implanted in the area
that houses the pituitary. (Oct. 15)