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VCU School of Nursing receives to study effect of yoga on depression during pregnancy

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a grant to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing for a pilot study that will examine how motivational interviewing and prenatal yoga might reduce or prevent depression during and after pregnancy. Patricia Kinser, an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, received the two-year, $456,579 grant for her […]

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12th Annual Women’s Health Research Day Awards

Here is a list of award-winners from the 12th annual VCU Health Research Day, held April 27. The best posters by junior investigators received awards in three categories: basic science; clinical and translational research; and community and public health research. One of these three was selected as the best poster by a junior investigator and […]

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Call for Abstracts for Women’s Health Research Day

The deadline to submit abstracts for the 12th annual VCU Women’s Health Research Day is March 11. The event will be held Wednesday, April, 27 in the Auditorium of the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building (MSB), at 1217 E Marshall St., on the MCV campus. Women’s Health Research Day is a celebration and promotion […]

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Nursing Student Selected as Jonas Scholar

By Angela Flagg/VCU School of Nursing Christina Wilson, a Ph.D. student in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, was selected for the highly competitive Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars Program of the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. She is one of 425 doctoral students nationwide chosen for the 2016-18 cohort. The mission of […]

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Treatment for Symptoms of Perinatal Depression Can Include Yoga

Yoga can be a component of treatment for women suffering perinatal depression, a VCU researcher says. Patricia Kinser, an assistant professor for the VCU School of Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health Nursing, led a presentation titled, “When Mommy Gets Depressed: A Discovery Dialogue about Complementary Approaches for Perinatal Depression.” It was part of a Discovery Dialogue seminar program […]

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Depression Screening Urged for Pregnant Women

By Leha Byrd/University Public Relations They are considered bundles of joy. Still, from novices with newborns to veteran pros of motherhood, all pregnant women are susceptible to the not-so-joyous issues associated with postpartum depression, such as anxiety and sadness, which are unhealthy for both baby and mother. The United States Preventative Services Task Force’s recent […]

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VCU Health Promotes Heart Health with Lewis Ginter Seminar Series

By Carissa Etters/University Public Affairs February is National Heart Month, and Virginia Commonwealth University Health presents its free educational seminar series throughout the month featuring experts that will provide important heart health information and answer questions on a variety of current topics in health care. The following seminars will take place from 5:30 p.m. to […]

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VCU Receives Grant to Look for Indicators of Preterm Birth

By Anne Dreyfuss and Rachel Machacek/University Public Affairs Virginia Commonwealth University has received a $378,026 grant from the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, an initiative of Seattle Children’s, to look for predictors of preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women. The two-year Human-Microbiome Alterations Predictive of Prematurity (HAPP) study will expand on two earlier studies […]

VCU’s Masho Receives Award for Work to Improve Birth Outcomes

By Leha Byrd/University Public Affairs Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine professor Saba Masho was recently honored as a 2015 Birth Matters Advocate of the Year for her work in improving birth outcomes. Masho, an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, was principal investigator for a $1 million Strong Start […]

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Grant Opens Way for Study of Placental Function in Pregnant Women

By Anne Dreyfuss and Rachel Machacek/University Public Affairs The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a $4.2 million grant to Virginia Commonwealth University to study placental function in pregnant women and to develop a noninvasive device for the early detection of placental disorders such as pre-eclampsia. The grant is part of the NIH’s Human Placenta Project, a collaborative research effort that […]

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