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Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain

by John Pastor

An enhanced learning environment during the first five years of life shapes the brain in ways that are apparent four decades later, say Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania scientists writing in the June edition of the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Researchers used structural brain imaging to detect the developmental effects of linguistic and cognitive stimulation starting at six weeks of age in infants. The influence of an enriched environment on brain structure had formerly been demonstrated in animal studies, but this is the first experimental study to find a similar result in humans. Continue reading Scientists say active early learning shapes the adult brain

At a Crossroads in our fight against COVID-19

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

As we have reached a crossroads in our fight against COVID-19 with vaccination rates continuing to go up and case counts continuing to go down, it seems like a good opportunity to take stock of where we are as a community.

Since the first vaccines were given in late December, we and our vaccine partners, including pharmacies, New Horizons, and Bradley Free Clinic, have administered over 225,000 doses of vaccine. It is encouraging that so many people have taken the opportunity to protect themselves and our community. Over the past several months, the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts have worked with Carilion Clinic, the Medical Reserve Corps, the Virginia National Guard, and local nursing programs to create large, efficient, convenient vaccination events in Covington, New Castle, Roanoke, and Salem. While at one point we were vaccinating 4000-5000 people per day in these large clinics, our strategy has switched to small neighborhood vaccine events across our districts in which we now serve 50-200 people per day. Continue reading At a Crossroads in our fight against COVID-19

CIAA and Richmond Region Tourism announce partnership to host three championships in region through 2024

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Richmond Region Tourism announce a three-year partnership that will bring a trio of spring championships to the Richmond region beginning in 2022.

The championship events kickoff next spring and include both outdoor track and field and women’s tennis being hosted at Virginia State University and softball at RF&P Park in Henrico County with Virginia Union University serving as the host institution.  Continue reading CIAA and Richmond Region Tourism announce partnership to host three championships in region through 2024

‘My Mommy’s Name is Mommy’

Local mother’s life experiences inspire children’s book

Author Jane Asamoah (right) with ublicists JoJo Friday during book signing at She’s International Boutique, downtown, Saturday, May 8, 2021. — Photos by S. Nowlin

by Shawn Nowlin

The mother, friend, wife and creative that Jane Asamoah is today has a lot to do with her upbringing in the West Africa country of Ghana. Raised by both parents, Asamoah says self-conduct was always emphasized more than academic performance in her house.

“My mother, whom I consider to be the most influential person in my life, instilled in me a set of values characterized by honesty, humility, hard work and a sense of altruism. She was a staunch Christian and so she made sure all her children knew God in a personal way,” Asamoah said. Continue reading ‘My Mommy’s Name is Mommy’

Herd Immunity

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow,
MD, MPH

When the virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified in the United States last year, it quickly spread through communities throughout the country because it was a new virus against which we did not have any natural immunity. Simply put, immunity, or our ability to resist a bacteria or virus, occurs when our bodies create antibodies and/or specialized blood cells to fight against these infectious “invaders.” Ending the pandemic will require a significant percentage of people to become immune to the disease. Continue reading Herd Immunity