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2:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Pharmacies Scurry To Keep Flu Treatment In Stock

Tamiflu can treat flu symptoms and stop the spread of infection for people who are at high risk of getting sick.
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Flu season has pharmacies scrambling to keep an antiviral drug called Tamiflu in stock.

Duke University Pharmacy Professor Richard Drew says unlike vaccines, Tamiflu works to treat and stop the spread of the disease.

“It's both a preventative and a treatment strategy,” Drew explains. “And, certainly, for those people who have a serious illness and require hospitalization, it's a very important drug.”

Sarah Lee manages the pharmacy supply chain for UNC Hospitals. She says this time each year, the demand for Tamiflu goes up exponentially.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

"When You Step Into The Room You Are Family": The Life Of An NC Nurse

Nursing Agency in Mooresville, NC.
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired May 5, 2014. 

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Homelessness
8:01 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Vigil Remembers Greenboro's Homeless

Last night was the longest of the year, and Greensboro organized a vigil to remember the city's homeless.
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Dozens of people are waking up outside in Greensboro today.

A vigil was held last night to honor nine people who died in that city this year, while living in homelessness.

Michelle Kennedy is executive director at the Interactive Resource Center. She says that number might be higher.

“So it’s hard to ever really have an accurate number of how many people we've lost while experiencing homelessness in this city, or really any other city,” Kennedy says.

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Health
4:09 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Dozens Say NC's Proposed Rules For Abortion Clinics Are OK, But A Few Disagree

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Dozens of people advocating for and against abortion rights filled a room at the North Carolina health department headquarters on Friday morning to respond to proposed rules that will apply to the 14 clinics that provide abortion in the state.

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Health
8:40 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill: Shelters Need Hats, Gloves More Than Toys

The Raleigh Rescue Mission and Inter-Faith Council need hats, gloves and other warm clothing for residents.
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Charities are urging shoppers not to forget the less fortunate during the winter holidays.

The Durham Rescue Mission and Salvation Army are collecting gifts for children.

Other shelters are asking people to drop off essentials for people who are out in the cold.

“In our winter ministry, in which we distribute clothes out in the community, we need scarves and hats and gloves and coats,” says Lynn Daniel.

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Health
6:01 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

North Carolina Uniquely Positioned In Ebola Fight

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North Carolina boasts many resources when it comes to combating the Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa. Two pharmaceutical companies are developing potential vaccines. Duke University Hospital has proven its ability to treat potential Ebola patients, while UNC has students helping to track the spread of the disease in Liberia. Soldiers from Fort Bragg have been enlisted in the ground effort.

All these resources are part of not only fighting the virus overseas, but protecting North Carolinians.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Connecting Durham's Homeless to Health Care

Jen Robinson in studio for her Meet.


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Health
11:20 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Doctors Are Slow To Adopt Changes In Breast Cancer Treatment

New evidence on the effectiveness of medical treatments can take a long time to influence medical practice.
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Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:58 pm

Cancer doctors want the best, most effective treatment for their patients. But it turns out many aren't paying attention to evidence that older women with early stage breast cancer may be enduring the pain, fatigue and cost of radiation treatment although it doesn't increase life expectancy.

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Health
8:22 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Study: Doctors, Breast Cancer Patients Seem To Ignore Radiation Treatment Data

A study shows that doctors don't seem to be heeding the findings of a trial that shows expensive, taxing radiation treatment does little good for elderly low-risk breast cancer patients after operations.
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Duke Medicine research shows that most elderly, low risk breast cancer patients receive radiation therapy after surgery. That's despite evidence that the costly and physically-taxing treatment isn't very effective with that group.

Radiation Oncologist Rachel Blitzblau authored the new study.

She says some doctors might be skeptical of the data, but patients might also push to get the treatment anyway.

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Health
8:41 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

'North Carolina Has An Underage Drinking Problem'

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Almost twice as many middle and high school students compared to parents think that underage drinking is a serious issue, according to a survey commissioned by the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission.

"North Carolina has an underage drinking problem," ABC Chairman Jim Gardner said on Wednesday. "What’s worse: Our state’s children think underage drinking is a much bigger problem than their parents do."

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