June 25-July 8, 2004
Vol. 34, Issue 12
Back Issues
Boldness: Characterizes diversity, fund-raising goals
Heating plant gearing up for growth
Faculty Actions from the June Board of Visitors meeting
Back to the Books: How to be a successful adult college student
World War II Revisited
Workshops to improve supervising and other skills


Digest — U.Va. Top News Daily

Sociologist studies religion’s impact on fatherhood
Despite their patriarchal family structures, evangelical protestant men make some of the best husbands and fathers, according to a study by W. Bradford Wilcox, assistant professor of sociology. Wilcox wanted to know how family attitudes and practices of married men with children are influenced by religion. Wilcox’s findings are outlined in a new book, “Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands.” (June 10)

U.Va. doctors perform first islet cell transplant
A Charlottesville area woman may no longer need the insulin shots she’s been giving herself every day for 32 years. In a recent procedure at the Health System, Lori Ratliff of Ivy became Virginia’s first recipient of an islet cell transplant.

Islet cells are cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin, a hormone that turns glucose (a form of sugar) into energy. Insufficient insulin causes diabetes. People with Type 1 diabetes, like Ratliff, usually inject insulin to regulate their blood sugar levels.

Though U.Va. doctors, including Dr. Kenneth Brayman, a professor of surgery who injected the cells, were expecting a two- to four-week wait for the cells to begin producing insulin, they noticed cell production days later. The transplanted cells do a better job of keeping the insulin level steady, so there is less risk of low blood sugar and less need for injecting insulin. (June 16)

CMC telethon surpasses $2 million
For the first time, the U.Va. Children’s Medical Center telethon topped the $2 million mark. Community members phoned in nearly $160,000 in pledges during the June 5-6 event. Local businesses showed their generosity with donations, some raised from events including a Walk for Kids and a Children’s Ball and Dance Marathon. Medical Center employees also opened their hearts with contributions totaling more than $20,000. (June 11-13)

Health information only a click away
Have a question about cancer, cardiovascular disease or an EKG test? Accessing reliable health care information has just gotten easier. The Health System’s new Web site, www.uvahealth.com, is a one-stop virtual library offering in-depth, up-to-date information on thousands of medical conditions, tests and procedures.

Looking for a new doctor? At www.uvaprimarycare.com, you can learn about the different types of doctors who provide primary care, learn what a primary care provider does, access physician photos and profiles and find a primary care office in your locality. (June 8)


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