Beth JoJack

Freelance Journalist, Content Writer, Editor

Roanoke, VA.

Beth JoJack

After two decades of professional writing, I'm still obsessed with telling compelling stories.



Diet may help alleviate some symptoms of bipolar disorder

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New approach may motivate people to follow COVID-19 safety measures

Get the latest updates and research-backed information on the novel coronavirus direct to your inbox. Using an online participant recruitment tool called Prolific, Pearce selected 101 participants. They came from 18 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Portugal, and ranged in age from 18 to 67 years.
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Long COVID in children: How long might it last?

A recent review included 14 international studies on long COVID in children and adolescents involving nearly 20,000 participants. Some studies indicated no difference in the symptoms reported by those who had experienced COVID-19 and those who had not. The review found little evidence to suggest that symptoms of long COVID typically last longer than 12 weeks in children and adolescents.
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Eating walnuts daily may lower 'bad' cholesterol

After a 2-year study, participants who consumed about half a cup of walnuts each day had lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol compared with their levels at the beginning of the study. These individuals also experienced a reduction in total cholesterol. The research was supported by a grant from the California Walnut Commission.
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Scientists discover antibodies that may neutralize a range of SARS-CoV-2 variants

Researchers have studied a dozen anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies isolated from people who had previously contracted the infection. They looked for antibodies that would not lose their effectiveness to new variants and that would work against a variety of respiratory viruses. They identified a potent antibody called S2E12.
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Theater project aims to put Wytheville in limelight

Soon after Todd Wolford became executive director of community revitalization nonprofit Downtown Wytheville Inc. in 2015, he began seeking pictures of the Soda Shop, the Main Street hotspot his grandfather owned in the late ’50s and ’60s. After locating a couple photos of his grandfather’s packed establishment, Wolford had an epiphany: His job was to bring back that vibrant downtown community his grandfather had once helped to create.
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Valley Health tells workers to get vaccinated

Nicole Clark wants the nurses she supervises to do everything they can to keep themselves, their patients and co-workers safe from COVID-19. That means wearing personal protective equipment, social distancing, frequent hand washing — and getting vaccinated against the disease. Valley Health, a nonprofit health system that includes Winchester Medical Center and five other hospitals, as well as urgent care facilities and physician practices, announced in July that all employees, medical providers and contractors will be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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State pushes broadband expansion into overdrive

Early in his administration, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed an ambitious goal: achieving universal broadband connectivity statewide by 2028. “We were very excited to hear about that,” says Jonathan Belcher, executive director of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. “That’s obviously a very important issue to Southwest Virginia.”.
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The Green and Gold of Ossabaw Island

Three Hollins women and their connection to 26,000 acres that inspire artists, scientists, and historians.
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G-Men headed for Springfield? Possibly.

After being sidelined during the Trump administration, the plan to build a new FBI headquarters in the Washington, D.C., suburbs appears to be back on track. Earlier this year, U.S. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, both Democrats, and their Maryland counterparts wrote to President Joe Biden to request that the federal government choose one of three recommended locations — a site in Springfield and two in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
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Clouds gathering over big solar farms in Va.?

In recent years, many solar farms have been approved by local governments across the state, but the outlook in some areas isn’t so sunny anymore. In Frederick County, the Board of Supervisors’ rejection of a utility-scale solar project has led to a lawsuit. In April, Hollow Road Solar LLC and property owners National Fruit Orchards Inc. and Diane Holmes filed a $7.5 million lawsuit against the Frederick County Board of Supervisors in the county’s circuit court, and it’s now been transferred to federal court at the request of the county.
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Oldest strain of Black Death bacteria found in 5,000-year-old human remains

Hunter-gatherers frequently killed rodents for food and decoration. The researchers believe that RV 2039 may have contracted Y. pestis or Y. pseudotuberculosis from one. “In theory, it could be possible [that] an animal bit the person,” Dr. Krause-Kyora told MNT. Beaver was the most frequently found species at the Rinnukalns site.
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Beth JoJack

Beth JoJack believes any subject— from waste water treatment plants to allergic skin conditions — can make an interesting story. The trick, nine cases out of ten, is finding the right source. To get there, though, you need a journalist who harbors an insatiable curiosity, one who will dig and dig until they find that just-right person. Beth, who also has her master's degree in social work, can ease the good stuff out of anybody, be it the world's biggest introvert or blabbiest blowhard. With a writing career that's lasted two decades, Beth specializes in taking complicated jargon or policy and transforming it into material that's accessible and, doggone it, even enjoyable to everyday readers. Her clients include editors at magazines and news web sites, nonprofit organizations and marketing and development officers at colleges and universities.