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7:52 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Task Force: Rural NC Needs Better Investment Strategies To Improve Health

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A state task force says rural communities need more strategic investments and partnerships to improve their residents' health. 

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine's Task Force on Rural Health released a report Monday about health disparities in rural counties. 

It says many of their childhood nutrition programs need more attention.  And local schools need more help to recruit health care professionals who will stay and work in rural North Carolina.

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Health
5:32 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Where In NC Are You Most Likely To Be In A Car Accident?

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AAA Carolinas has label rural North Carolina the "killing grounds" for drivers in accidents.

More than 1,100 people died in traffic accidents in North Carolina last year, though the number is lower than in years prior. A new report from AAA Carolinas shows the continuing trend of fewer fatalities on the road since 2010. The number is dropping, but slowly.

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Health
5:32 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

There's More Than One Reason For Malnutrition In Seniors

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Researchers are raising questions about malnutrition among North Carolina's senior citizens. Doctors at UNC Hospitals report, over a two month period, more than half of patients ages 65 or older who came to the emergency department were either malnourished or a risk of malnutrition.

The study looked at about 140 older patients and saw no notable difference in the nutrition of rural versus urban seniors. There was also no noticeable difference between genders. The greater discrepancy came with access to proper food.

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State of Things
12:16 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Prescription Drug Overdose in North Carolina

Opioid pain medication is the leading cause of unintentional drug overdose in North Carolina
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Experts discuss the rise in prescription pill overdose as well as programs and treatments that can help

  

North Carolina has a drug overdose rate that is higher than average. 

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Health
8:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act And College Journalists: An Imperfect Match

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Universities across the country have made it clear that providing health coverage for temporary employees -- like adjunct professors and grad students -- is prohibitively expensive.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

NC Connections To West African Ebola Outbreak

Two nurses and ebola patient in 1976
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 As news of the Ebola outbreak that killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa continues, some missionaries from the region return to the United States. Their treatment and quarantine raises questions about American response to the disease.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Adaure Achumba, West Africa Correspondent for E-News Channel Africa and Karen Garloch, health reporter for The Charlotte Observer, about the latest news. 

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Health
10:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Have The Khmer Rouge Trials Helped Or Harmed The Victims?

Skulls at Choeung Ek Memorial, (AKA "The Killing Fields") outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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When people started mentioning the possibility of using tribunals to bring justice to leaders of the Khmer Rouge, not everyone was thrilled. A 1999 headline from the Phnom Penh Post reads "Khmer Rouge Trials Could Renew Trauma."

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Health
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NC Considers Whether It Could Train (And Retain) Its Own Optometrists

The General Assembly has asked North Carolina's public and private universities to study whether they could feasibly establish at least one optometry school in the state.
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North Carolina's proposed budget includes a request for public and private university networks to study the feasibility of creating at least one optometry school in the state.

Aspiring optometrists currently have to leave North Carolina for their education.

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Health
12:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

'One Of The Three Greatests Risks To Human Health,' Is On The Rise

CRE are antibiotic resistant organisms with a mortality rate of more than 48%.
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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are organisms that do not respond to antibiotics. They're mostly picked up by patients while in the hospital, and have a mortality rate ranging from 48% - 71%.  What's more, between 2008 and 2012, reports of CRE jumped five-fold in the southeastern United States.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields

Tobacco harvest in NC
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired June 25, 2014.

Federal law permits children to work in agriculture from younger ages and for longer hours than any other industry.

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