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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the second time in three years, Bingyun Li, Ph.D., associate professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics and director of the WVU Biomaterials, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Laboratory, has been recognized internationally for his research.

Most recently, Dr. Li received the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA)-Pfizer Best Scientific Paper Award. The award was presented at the 2013 Combined Conference of the Fifth APOA Infection Section Scientific Meeting, Ninth Asia Pacific Spine Society Congress and Ninth APOA Paediatric Section Congress. It was held at the end of August in Kuching, Malaysia. More than 650 orthopaedic surgeons and residents from around the world, including about 12 orthopaedic surgeons and scientists from the United States, attended the conference.

In 2011, Li was awarded the Berton Rahn Research Fund Prize from the AO Foundation, a Switzerland-based medically guided nonprofit organization led by an international group of surgeons specialized in the treatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/SEPT/WVU-School-of-Medicine%E2%80%99s-Li-receives-prestigious-a

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A study about the correlation between discrimination and drug abuse by Haslyn E. R. Hunte, Ph.D., assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and San Diego School of Public Health professor Tracy L. Finlayson has been published online in the Journal of Urban Health.

In the study titled, “The Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Psychotherapeutic and Illicit Drug Misuse in Chicago, IL, USA,” Dr. Hunte and Finlayson found that more experiences of discrimination by a person are related to higher levels of drug use.

“One of the interesting findings of this study is that discrimination is harmful to all groups of individuals, not only racial or ethnic minorities,” Hunte said.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Seventh Annual Froggy 99 Hop for Hope and Z106 Cares for Kids Radiothon benefiting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital at Ruby Memorial will hit the airwaves live on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

WVU Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network and Froggy will host the radiothon at the Kroger store on Washington Boulevard in Belpre, Ohio, broadcasting live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 and 18.

Radio personalities will tell stories about children who have benefited from services provided by WVU Children’s Hospital. Patients are also scheduled to visit the radiothon to share their stories on air. In 2012, families from the mid-Ohio Valley turned to WVU Children’s Hospital more than 2,800 times and found hope and healing.

To date, the radiothon has raised more than $321,000 in support of WVU Children’s Hospital.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A half million dollar endowment providing scholarships for female students enrolled at the West Virginia University School of Medicine has been made possible by the late Ruth St. John in memory of her daughter.

The Dr. Judith Buff Memorial Scholarship Fund will benefit female students who are West Virginia residents and are either the first in their families to attend an institution of higher education, descendants of West Virginia coal miners or interested in coal miners’ health.

St. John, a native of Charleston, never set foot herself on the WVU campus, but the recent resurgence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis – black lung disease – as well as her late daughter’s perseverance in the medical field inspired her generosity. St. John passed away in 2011.

Judith Buff, M.D., graduated from the WVU School of Medicine in 1972. She was one of only two female students in her class, falling on the wrong side of the gender disparity in the medical profession at the time. Undeterred, after residency training at the University of Cincinnati, she began a career as a dermatologist. Dr. Buff passed away from cancer in 1999.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Alejandra Meza, a first-year student in the West Virginia University School of Medicine Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) Program, spent 10 days last month in Gaborone, Botswana, assisting with a six-day training for histopathology laboratory staff at the National Health Laboratory (NHL).

Meza, originally from Los Angeles, was one-fourth of a team of pathology professionals sent by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to southern Africa on a global health trip August 1-13. Their mission was to instruct 17 participants in the theory behind the histotechnology practices outlined in their instruction manuals.

Histotechnology is the process of grossing, or cutting, fixing and staining a tissue sample on a slide to be examined and diagnosed by a pathologist.

Cherie Germain, P.A., director of WVU’s PA Program, recommended Meza for the team because of her prior histology experience and her experience working with limited resources in an Army combat support hospital.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Pleasants County offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department in St. Marys from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23.  For an appointment, call 304-684-2461.

The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Jefferson County offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at the Kingdom Life Cathedral Health Fair at the Ranson Civic Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 21.  For an appointment, call 304-283-0115.

The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

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WVU provost Michele Wheatly is excited by the new program.

“Dual-degree programs like this offer our students both the skills and the certification they really need to pursue a career. This program will graduate flexible, highly-employable young people who have had the opportunity to work with faculty across the WVU campus and to learn to ‘think outside the box’ as the best leaders do,” Wheatly said.

“The mission of the WVU School of Public Health is to improve the health of West Virginians through innovation and leadership in education, research and service,” said Jeffrey Coben, M.D., professor and interim dean, School of Public Health. “The M.B.A./M.P.H. dual degree embodies the skills required for today’s public health fields. Public health leaders and practitioners who achieve the dual degree will gain a broader perspective of the costs and benefits of prevention and other lifestyle choices that can provide lasting health solutions for all West Virginians.”

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/SEPT/New-dual-degree-at-WVU-injects-business-knowledge

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU Hospitals (WVUH) has filed a request with the West Virginia Health Care Authority for a public hearing on Mon General Hospital’s Certificate of Need (CON) application to provide radiation therapy to cancer patients. Mon General filed for the CON to purchase and house a linear accelerator – the equipment used for delivering radiation therapy treatments.

“This is the first time we have ever asked for a hearing for a CON requested by Mon General, and we did not come to this decision easily,” WVUH President and CEO Bruce McClymonds said. “But after an extensive analysis of their application and the projected demand for such services, we believe that a public hearing by the Health Care Authority is warranted.”

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/SEPT/WVU-Hospitals-requests-hearing-on-Mon-General-Cert

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Twenty-five years ago, it might have sounded like part of a science fiction plot – operating on a patient with remotely controlled, robotic arms or using a 20-ton medical instrument that emits more than 200 radiation beams at a precise location.

Minimally invasive treatments, computerized robotic tools and advanced diagnostic capabilities have all revolutionized medical care at Ruby Memorial Hospital and positioned WVU Healthcare to remain a leader for the state of West Virginia.

Gamma Knife is one of the minimally invasive surgical tools that has transformed the treatment of benign and malignant tumors, facial pain and brain disorders. Ruby Memorial Hospital has the only Perfexion Gamma Knife radiosurgery unit in the state of West Virginia.

Though the name may be deceiving, it’s not actually a knife, and it’s not surgery in the traditional sense. Without the risks of open surgery or an incision, this 20-ton medical instrument emits 201 finely focused beams of gamma radiation at the precise location of the brain disorder and treats it with minimal effect on surrounding normal tissue.

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/SEPT/Surgery-and-technology-light-years-ahead-of-where