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The day alum Katie Laughon spoke to the L.A. Times about a new C-section study

The Class of 2000s S. Katherine Laughon is co-author on a study that links the high rate of C-sections to impatience on the part of mothers and their health care providers. Laughon is a postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the study’s findings have been picked up by media outlets including USA Today and the Los Angeles Times.

Read the L.A. Times coverage, “High C-section rate may have something to do with impatience,” that includes a quote from Laughon.


The day Sheldon Retchin spoke with NBC29 about health care reform’s impact on teaching hospitals

“Coverage will be a good thing,” Sheldon Retchin, M.D. “Its access I’m worried about.”

After briefing members of Virginia’s Senate Finance Committee on the impact that health care reform can have on the state’s teaching hospitals, Retchin spoke with Charlottesville’s NBC29. Retchin, who is CEO of the VCU Health System, also completed his housestaff training at the medical school.

Read more and watch the news segment that appeared on NBC29.


The day Tony Kuzel proposed a patient care model to improve care, control costs

In the Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Anton J. Kuzel, M.D., the Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Medicine, took a look at the unbalanced equation that awaits health care consumers in 2014.

In the newspaper’s commentary section, he cautions that the implementation of federally mandated health care reforms will bring “30 million newly insured Americans … searching for medical homes in a field where demand already outstrips supply.”

Kuzel acknowledges that, “It won’t be possible over the next four years to train sufficient numbers of family physicians and internists to handle the anticipated explosion in patient volume.” And so he proposes the patient centered medical home as a model of care that can deliver better health to patients at a long-term cost savings.

Read the full column online, Medical Homes: A Model to Improve Care, Control Costs.


The day Marvin Allison’s research landed him in Parade magazine

Marvin Allison, Ph.D., an emeritus professor of pathology, is quoted in the Aug. 1, 2010 issue of Parade magazine.

Calling on Dr. Allison’s experience in examining more than 3,000 mummies, the story discusses how the study of mummies can shed light on illness and disease for inquiring medical researchers.

Read the full story online, Unwrapping Medical Mysteries.

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