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Late last month more than 50 people in Brooklyn were hospitalized after what law enforcement believes was exposure to synthetic marijuana. The issue hit closer to home this month after a story broke that a Durham County resident experienced severe bleeding presumably from the same thing.

Heat Advisory forecast from the National Weather Service for Wed., June 20, 2018.
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A heat wave is bringing sweltering temperatures to most of North Carolina, with highs in the upper 90s this week.

A young pregnant mother receives a shot in her left arm to prevent pertussis in future child.
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A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine Friday finds that infants whose mothers get a Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis -or ‘Tdap’- vaccine during the third trimester of pregnancy are significantly less likely to get pertussis.

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U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina says Congress should find ways to close gaps in health insurance coverage after sharing his own experience with mental illness.

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While incarcerated it is a constitutional right for inmates to receive medical care. But what happens when inmates are released and no longer have access to health services? The reality is they often go without medication or treatment. Considering prisons have become the largest mental healthcare providers in America, it is in the interest of public safety to remedy that gap in coverage.

Photo of prescription bottle and pils
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A non-profit advocacy group says children whose parents have a history of substance abuse are entering foster care at a higher rate. 

Courtesy of Dr. Steve Chaney

Can a healthy diet be high in meat protein and low in carbohydrates? Are diet sodas really healthier? Is the gluten-free diet the answer to health problems?

Duke researchers say bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide up to 20 years later.
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Suicide rates have been rising consistently across the country, but the Centers for Disease Control says North Carolina's rate of increase is slower than other states. 

Corolla Beach
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Three swimmers drowned at Cape Hatteras National Seashore last week. Two had been caught in rip currents.

Rips are strong, narrow currents that pull water directly away from shore. They often form near a break in a sandbar.

A picture of a man using an e-cigarette.
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More high school students in the state say they are using e-cigarettes, or plan to start in the next year.

Courtesy of Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Even though she grew up in a small, historically black community in Mississippi, Kimberly Johnson heard plenty of conversations about racism and discrimination.

Dr. William Roper will step down from his positions as CEO of UNC Health Care and dean of UNC School of Medicine in 2019.
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UNC Health Care CEO Dr. William Roper announced he will step down.

Roper, who also serves as the dean of the UNC School of Medicine, plans to stay on for another year. He will leave in May of 2019, according to UNC officials.

The inside of a cell at central prison.
Courtesy of Rose Hoban

Is the North Carolina Department of Public Safety breaking its own rules? A 2016 policy change prohibits inmates with mental health issues from being held in solitary confinement for more than 30 days. So why was Devon Davis, who is developmentally delayed and has mental illness, kept in solitary for more than five months last year?

infant sleeping
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A provision in the latest budget bill would expand the state's standards on screening newborns for metabolic and congenital diseases.

A former employee at Candler Living Center, a facility for mentally ill and disabled adults outside Asheville, N.C., contracted with Recovery Connections for workers. It houses nearly 30 residents.
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For years, clients who sought treatment for addiction at a North Carolina-based rehab program found themselves in a system of exploitative labor, according to a new investigation by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

There have been seven cases of mumps reported in North Carolina.
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Buncombe County in western North Carolina has now reported 11 cases of whooping cough, or pertussis.

The Buncombe County Health and Human Services Department had reported four lab-confirmed cases earlier this week.

photo of a young woman pushing someone in a wheelchair
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More than 40 million people provide unpaid care to a family member or loved one, according to data from the National Alliance for Caregiving. But these statistics leave out youth caregivers: a group of more than a million young people under the age of 18 who care for a family member because of a chronic health condition, disability, or a mental health problem, including addiction.

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In 2014, former President Barack Obama’s health care law gave states the option to expand Medicaid. North Carolina was among 18 states who chose not to expand the program. At the time, many officials in those states expressed concern over how much expansion would cost.

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One in 57 8-year-old children in North Carolina is diagnosed with autism, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But new reporting from North Carolina Health News and EdNC shows many families around the state are struggling to access specialized treatments that could transform how their children with autism behave.

book cover for 'dreams that can save your life,' picturing a dreaming woman and a hooded monk in the background
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Dr. Larry Burk has spent much of his life practicing traditional medicine as a radiologist. But his search for solutions to his patients’ problems led him on an unexpected journey outside of traditional medicine. A graduate of Duke University, Burk co-founded the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. He is certified in acupuncture, hypnosis, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and is committed to holistic medicine.

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The Trump administration wants to see a 20 percent cut over 10 years to SNAP, the food stamp program that helps feed 42 million Americans each year. Funding for SNAP is provided through the Federal Farm Bill, which will soon be under debate in Washington. The current bill is set to expire this fall.

Fayetteville Police Department Captain Lars Paul shows a naloxone injectable kit and a naloxone nose spray Fayetteville police use to reverse opioid overdose.
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is distributing grants of up to $150,000 to support community projects that fight the opioid crisis.

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Most people know Cecile Richards as the fearless head of Planned Parenthood. But long before she was fighting Republican senators in Congress or pro-life demonstrators, she was finding ways to “make trouble.”

New UNC research ties pharmaceutical industry payments to higher prescription rates.
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A study from UNC-Chapel Hill shows cancer doctors who received money from pharmaceutical companies for meals and lodging were more likely to prescribe medicines from those drug makers.

photo of a young person in a mouth-covering mask in front of a closed theater. the sign says 'all theatres closed until further notice at request of mayor.'
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2018 marks the one-hundred-year anniversary of a flu pandemic that killed 50 to 100 million people and infected hundreds of millions around the world. Host Frank Stasio talks to James Leloudis, a history professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, about why the 1918 influenza was so deadly, and what impact it had on public health.

A screengrab of an interview with Stanley Boling, a patient at Duke Hospital and the first HIV-positive person in the southeast to receive an organ from an HIV-positive donor.
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A patient at Duke Hospital is doing well after a groundbreaking organ transplant.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina headquarters in Durham.
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North Carolina's largest health insurer is clamping down on coverage of opioid prescriptions.

More in North Carolina have gained health insurance with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
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The effects of the Affordable Care Act on the rate of North Carolinians without health insurance has started to plateau. In some counties, it has begun to reverse.

Vidant Health has a new app that allows North Carolinians to see a doctor whenever they want. The Vidant Now app allows a user to connect instantly with a physician for about $50 per consultation.

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The North Carolina Department of Insurance is encouraging everyone to do some spring cleaning in their medicine cabinets. Operation Medicine Drop is looking for unused pills, especially pain killers, to be delivered to secure collection sites.

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