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  • It would be magical just to change your diet, to change the bacteria you take, and fix your health – and your mood.

    Researchers Reverse Depression Symptoms In Mice With Yogurt

    Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. What if, to treat it, you could simply adjust your diet? UVA School of Medicine researchers may be one step closer to this reality. They reversed depression symptoms in mice by feeding them Lactobacillus, a bacteria commonly found in yogurt.

    The next step is for researchers to confirm these findings in patients with depression. They hope that this discovery will lead to new strategies for treating depression and other conditions, such as anxiety.

    However, people who are currently receiving treatment for depression should not stop taking their medications without talking to their doctor. 

    Read more about depression, yogurt and how our guts influence our mood.
  • The benefit is gigantic for families, not just because it provides them a naturalistic setting, but they don’t have to travel.

    Telemedicine: Less Driving, More Access to UVA Specialists

    Telemedicine, or telehealth, uses videoconferencing technology to connect faraway patients and primary care doctors to UVA specialists. Over the last 20 years, UVA’s telehealth services have saved patients millions of miles of driving. They can access more than 60 specialties through telemedicine.

    Developmental pediatrician Mariam Halpern, MD, describes telemedicine like this: “You get to see very well the patient in a comfortable setting. So I get to see these children with their families in a room where they can play; they’re not feeling like they’re at a doctor’s office.”

    Watch telemedicine in action.
  • I have never had blood sugar this stable, and I have never felt this good in my life.

    How the Artificial Pancreas Helped a Type 1 Diabetes Patient

    Lauren Sivewright has struggled with Type 1 diabetes since she was three. Since then, she has struggled to keep her blood sugar stable and worried that it would drop too low while she was asleep. 

    UVA researchers developed a device to help people like Lauren. The artificial pancreas is a smartphone-based system that automatically tests blood sugar every five minutes, then predicts whether it will go too high or low. 

    Lauren participated in the clinical trial. With the artificial pancreas, she enjoyed her life without worrying about her blood sugar, which remained stable.

    Although the artificial pancreas is still undergoing clinical trials, researchers hope to ultimately make it available to anyone with Type 1 diabetes.  

    See how the artificial pancreas works.

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