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2:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Study Finds Clergy Are More Depressed Than National Average

Duke released a new study that looks at the high depression rate in clergy members.
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A new study from Duke shows that clergy have a higher rate of anxiety and depression than the national average. The study, conducted by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School, surveyed all United Methodist Clergy in North Carolina and found that their depression rate was 8.7 percent, which is higher than the national average of 5.5 percent. Anxiety rates were 13.5 percent.

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Health
5:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Duke Study: For African American Women, Maintaining Weight Is More Practical Than Losing It

Actress Gabourey Sidibe has spoken openly about her obesity and how people perceive her because of it.
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New research out of Duke University suggests merely maintaining weight, instead of losing it, is a more practical and successful approach for African American women. Lead author Gary Bennett is associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. He says pre-menopausal black women have the highest rates of obesity in the country. About 80 percent are overweight, which contributes to a disproportionate risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, stroke, and cancer.

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Health
5:13 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Closes For Good

Earlier this year, legislators passed laws tightening restrictions on abortion providers. Droves of protesters rallied against the new law at Moral Mondays gatherings.
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The Department of Health and Human Services found health code violations this summer at two North Carolina clinics that provide abortions. Now, one of them has closed for good, while the other has re-opened.

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Health
4:37 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

DHHS Secretary Makes Flu Shots Mandatory For Department Workers

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Workers at state DHHS healthcare facilities are being required to get flu shots.  Secretary Aldona Vos  is implementing the policy to fall in line with what some hospitals have done to protect patients' health. 

More than 10,000 employees and volunteers will have until December first to be vaccinated.  Luckey Welsh is interim director of the DHHS division of state-operated facilities that house mentally and developmentally disabled patients.

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Health
4:15 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mandated Program Leads To Drop In Domestic Violence

A new study finds that mothers who participated in a domestic violence awareness program were more likely to leave abusive relationships.
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Mothers who completed a mandated domestic violence program were more likely to end abusive relationships. That’s according to new research out from the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill. The study looked at mothers who were mandated by courts or child services to take a 13-week program and learn methods on, parenting, self-advocacy and safety.

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Health
4:56 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Duke Study Examines Caloric Info In Fast Food Chains’ Online Menus

A new study looks at the availability of caloric information from fast food restaurants online.
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Many of the nation's largest restaurants chains are making calorie information available on menus online, according to new research out of Duke University. Part of the Affordable Care Act mandates the information be provided on all in-store menus for chains with more than 20 stores. Lead author of the study Gary Bennett is an associate professor psychology, neuroscience, and global Health at Duke, and he says there are huge variations on how caloric and other nutritional content is presented to consumers.

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Health
7:22 am
Mon August 19, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield Adds Retail Locations Ahead Of Health Exchange

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is adding retail locations ahead of the launch of the state health care exchange.
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Insurance provider BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is expanding retail locations as the federal government prepares to launch the state's health care exchange. 

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The State of Things
1:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Intersection of Mental Health And Developmental Disability

Duke University Hospital
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Parents of teenagers with mental illnesses struggle to find appropriate care. When those adolescents also have developmental disabilities, they often end up in a cycle of psychiatric treatment that keeps them in residential facilities far from their homes.

Host Frank Stasio talks with News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke about a story of one family facing these challenges and the state’s resources for treatment.

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Health
2:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella?

N.C. State researchers are using North Carolina's tomato plants to understand how Salmonella affects crops.
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Researchers at North Carolina State University are searching for Salmonella in North Carolina's tomato crops.  The bacteria causes salmonellosis, a disease that can range from uncomfortable to deadly, and tomatoes in Florida and Virginia have been the sources of outbreaks. Despite North Carolina's close proximity and similar climate, local tomatoes have been safe from the pathogen. A team of scientists from N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is investigating why.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Health Clinic Closing To Affect Thousands

HealthServe provides medical services to thousands of patients.
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Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about news around the Triad

The closing of the Healthserve Community Health Clinic in Greensboro is expected to affect thousands of low income patients. The clinic is closing, in part, because of the State legislature’s decision to reject federal Medicaid expansion. Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about this and other Triad news live from Triad Stage in Greensboro.

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