8:47 am
Mon June 16, 2014

State Develops Online EMS Training For Handling Green Vehicle Emergencies

North Carolina first responders will soon be able to train online for how to handle crashes involving alternative fuel cars. Biofuel and electric cars have different tank and power precautions.
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As more alternative fuel vehicles take to the roadways, North Carolina is working to prepare first responders how to react when they're part of an emergency.

The NC Solar Center has worked with the State Fire Marshall's office to develop a workshop for emergency services personnel in the Triangle. Soon, responders in other parts of the state will be able to complete the training online. They'll learn to identify gas, biofuel and battery-operated vehicles.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

WakeMed's New CEO Talks Health

WakeMed CEO Donald Gintzig

After a controversial year, WakeMed Health and Hospitals' Donald Gintzig became permanent CEO last month. Gintzig is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy with experience leading non-profit, faith-based and private health systems. 

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8:01 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Volunteers Quench A Raleigh Food Desert

Volunteers opened Galley Grocery on Bragg Street in Raleigh to bring fresh food to a food desert.
Credit Jina Lee / Wikipedia

People living in a southeast Raleigh neighborhood have a new place to buy groceries. 

About 18 months ago, two Kroger stores closed forcing residents of the South Park area to travel long distances to find fresh, affordable food.  Two church groups working with volunteers, opened the Galley Grocery on Bragg Street late last month. 

Ashley Lee is a member of the Hope Community Church and helped get the new venture off the ground.  She said there are still some challenges to overcome.   

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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Investigative Report Finds Holes In NC Medical Examiners System

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Medical examiners in North Carolina routinely skip critical steps in their investigations, according to a new report by The Charlotte Observer

Medical examiners rarely go to the scene of a death and in some cases, they do not actually examine the bodies. 

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12:46 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Paraplegic Man Saves Another Man's Life - Story Update

Brandon Jeffries (left) and Erik Fugunt. Erik saved Brandon's life in 2012.
Credit Jacqueline Dunkle

One of our most viewed digital stories this year was titled, "Paraplegic Man Saves Another Man's Life; You Can Help Say Thanks." The story was a dramatic one that took place in Mebane, NC. Here's the original story. Don't miss the update at the end of the post.

Our original story 4/15/2014

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8:44 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Report: Left Unchecked, Diabetes Will Cost NC Billions

A report from Harvard University says diabetes is a growing problem in North Carolina, and offers advice for how to prevent and treat the disease.
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A report from Harvard University says one-in-10 North Carolinians has diabetes, and that the disease will cost the state $17 billion per year by 2025.

Sarah Downer is a fellow at Harvard's Health Law and Policy Clinic. She said limited access to healthcare, nutritious foods and safe places to exercise are dangerous to communities.

North Carolina has the fifth highest rate of food insecurity, meaning people don't have regular access to nutritious meals. The state also ranks fifth for early childhood obesity.

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8:39 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Here's What A Rip Current Looks Like From The Beach

It's National Rip Current Awareness Week.
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It’s National Rip Current Awareness Week. 

Rip currents killed at least seven people along the North Carolina coast last year, according to the National Weather Service.

Spencer Rogers is a specialist on shore erosion for North Carolina Sea Grant.  He says rip currents are a natural phenomenon that happen when narrow currents of water flow away from the coast.

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8:00 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Health Officials Approve Proposed Rule Requiring Meningitis Vaccine

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State health officials have approved a measure that would require rising 7th graders to receive the meningitis vaccine.

One more administrative step is required before the vaccination would become mandatory. The vaccine is for meningitis and other meningococcal diseases. Bacterial meningitis is most common in people between the ages of 15 and 21, but only about half of thi state's teenagers currently receive the vaccination.

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4:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Interviewing My Hero And UNC Commencement Speaker Dr. Atul Gawande

Nancy Wang with UNC commencement speaker Dr. Atul Gawande.
Credit Thania Benios Health and Science Editor at UNC

It’s not often that you get the chance to interview your personal hero on the day you become a doctor, but yesterday, I got to do just that. Minutes after I graduated from UNC School of Medicine, I had the chance to speak with UNC commencement speaker Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande is a Harvard surgeon, best-selling author and has been named one of the world’s 100 most influential thinkers by TIME magazine. His acclaim comes from his ability to write about health care problems in a way that is easy to understand and powerful enough to effect change.

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9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Kids With ADHD Are Less Likely To Smoke After Treatment

A report from Duke University shows that kids who are treated for ADHD are less likely to become smokers than their untreated peers.
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People who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are much more likely than the rest of the population to take up smoking. But a new report out today from Duke University shows that kids who are treated consistently for their ADHD with stimulant medication are less likely to take up the habit.

Lead author Scott Kollins said nicotine often becomes a comfort for young people who are socially awkward or have trouble concentrating.

“The treatment for ADHD addresses a lot of these things,” Kollins said.

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