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Drug Fix: U.Va.’s MacDonald Looks for Ways to Prevent Adverse Reactiosn and Keep Helpful Medicines Available

THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION approves between 22 and 30 new medications each year for sale to the public, with each one costing pharmaceutical companies on average $800,000 to research and develop. Even so, as many as 20 percent of these drugs eventually will be removed or their use will be severely restricted because of significant adverse reactions they cause in the patients who use them. U.Va. chemistry professor Timothy MacDonald (left) is working to learn the molecular mechanism of chemical substances well enough to predict their potential toxicity. “If we could develop a test to do that, we would save the health care system an enormous economic burden and save patients who suffer these problems a lot of grief,” MacDonald said. Full story.

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Research led by University of Virginia Health System pathologist Robin Felder has demonstrated that looking for several variations of genes that control blood pressure can predict the risk for high blood pressure caused by high levels of salt. While 98 million Americans suffer from either high blood pressure or sensitivity to dietary salt (or both), until now no genetic test had been created that could predict who may develop these diseases. “A genetic test for high blood pressure and/or salt sensitivity will be instrumental in motivating Americans to adopt heart healthy lifestyles and help to improve their overall health and quality of life,” Felder said. Full story.

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The Photographic Treasure Trove of Ed Roseberry

Ed RoseberryFor years, Ed “Flash” Roseberry (right) was a familiar face around the University of Virginia grounds, whether on photo assignment for the Charlottesville Daily Progress and University News Services, taking photos of weekend activities along Rugby Road or simply capturing on film what was pleasing to his eyes. When he wasn’t shooting photography, he was teaching it in U.Va.’s School of Architecture. While he also served as an adviser to the yearbook staff, it was his freelance work that most established the 1949 Commerce School graduate as a familiar and welcome figure to generations of U.Va. students. By his own estimation, Roseberry has taken more than 180,000 photographs, most of which capture the life of the University and Charlottesville. Full story.

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT:
Washington Post Correction — 01/12/2006
Associated Press Correction — 12/02/2005
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Cavaliers Get Going, Defeat William & Mary, 16-5

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Cavaliers Ranked in Top 25 and Named CBI Team of the Week

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