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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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Health
8:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Proposal Would Revamp Rules For NC's 14 Abortion Clinics

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North Carolina health officials have proposed updating regulations governing clinics that provide abortions, in compliance with a 2013 law that requires them to be treated like outpatient surgery centers.

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Food Brings Older Adults Back To The Table

Amanda Holliday with her grandmother Celeste Sawyer.
Amanda Holliday

Many kids grow up spending time after school with other kids in their neighborhood playing pick-up soccer, videogames or capture the flag. 

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Health
12:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

North Carolina Doctors’ Rap About Urgent Care A Hit

Doctor Linwood Watson of Rex Express Care of Knightdale is one of the video participants.
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Several area doctors star in a new video that is getting some buzz online. The video aims to answer the question of when it's appropriate to go to urgent care, and when one should head to the emergency room:

The video features doctors from Rex Express Care in Knightdale, Holly Springs, Wakefield and Cary.

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Health
8:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

North Carolina Nurses Demand High Ebola Protection Standards

National Nurses United organized numerous protests across 12 states and in other countries to call for higher safety standards to protect health care workers from Ebola.
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Nurses gathered outside the VA Hospital in Durham Wednesday to raise awareness about the risk Ebola poses to healthcare workers. It was part of an international effort, urging hospitals to adopt the highest preparedness standards for staff who might potentially treat a patient with Ebola. 

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5:44 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NC Health Officials And Advisory Board Release Plan To Fight Cancer

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State health officials and an advisory board have released a six-year plan to help fight cancer in North Carolina. The plan identifies six specific cancers that are prevalent in the state and recommends specific strategies to fight them.

Dr. Ruth Petersen is with the Department of Health and Human Services. She notes lung cancer is one of the diseases identified in the report. Petersen says causes include exposure to smoke, secondhand smoke, or radon gas.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

From Refrigerator Mothers to Computer Geeks, Understanding Autism And Gender

A new book examining the role that gender plays in our understanding of autism.

  

Much of what we know about autism is publicly disputed, from the definition of autism itself to the reasons behind the increase in diagnoses. 

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