When we deal with professional singers, they are much more attuned to the subtleties and changes in their vocal cords.
Hackensaw Boys Singer Treated for Vocal Polyps
David Sickmen began playing music and singing at age 18. Eventually, he became a founding member of The Hackensaw Boys, a Charlottesville based bluegrass band.
After years of singing, Sickmen began to feel pain and noticed that his vocals were changing. He visited James Daniero, MD, an ENT specialist at the University of Virginia. Daniero performed a minimally invasive throat surgery to remove the polyps that had formed on Sickmen’s vocal cords.
This spring, The Hackensaw Boys will release a new album featuring Sickmen’s brand new voice.
Our foremost goal is to establish a new diabetes treatment paradigm.
Artificial Pancreas Research
Researchers at the University of Virginia have developed a device that automatically monitors and regulates blood-sugar levels in people with type 1 diabetes. The device, known as the artificial pancreas, will undergo final tests in early 2016.
Nearly 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, meaning their bodies do not produce enough insulin.
The final testing will take place in several places across the United States and Europe. The artificial pancreas is meant to replace the need for people with type 1 diabetes to stick their finger several times a day to check their blood-sugar levels. They will now be able to read it digitally.
When a phagocyte eats another cell, it’s like your neighbor moving in with you with all their belongings.
Cholesterol Disposal: A Cell’s Deathbed Instructions Could Be the Key
Roughly one million cells in your body die every second. These dead cells are then eaten by neighboring cells, who have to figure out what to do with all the cholesterol, fats, proteins and other components from the cells they just ate.
But they have help. UVA School of Medicine researchers just discovered that the dying cell gives deathbed instructions for what to do with the cholesterol.
Previously, scientists had targeted another molecule to prevent cells from becoming overloaded with cholesterol in people who had high levels of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol). But that led to many side effects. This new discovery could lead to new medications that stimulate cholesterol transport and removal in a more natural way.