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10:58 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Mother And Disabled Daughter: Fierce Advocates At General Assembly Committee Meetings

Katie Short (far left in purple), mother Mary next to her.
Credit Jessica Jones

Every month, state lawmakers on the General Assembly’s Health and Human Services Oversight Committee hold meetings to talk about health policy in North Carolina. Legislators sit at the front of the room to discuss their agenda, as staff members, reporters, and lobbyists listen. But in the back of the room, a mother and daughter, Mary and Katie Short, who attend every single meeting keep their eye on things too.

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Health
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Why UNC Healthcare Is Cutting Back On Patients Temporarily

Credit Dave DeWitt

UNC Healthcare has cut back the number of patients it's seeing at several of its facilities over the past two weeks. The hospital system is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system, and the cutbacks are part of anticipated roll-out period procedure.

The system, known as EPIC, is the same records software being implemented at Duke and Novant health systems. EPIC will allow patients to more seamlessly transition between the state's hospitals.

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Health
9:49 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Durham NC Opens New STD Screening Clinic - HIV Testing Free

A microscopic image of HIV
Credit Duke University

In the last year, Durham County has seen about 100 new cases of HIV reported. It's also seen about 20 new cases of syphilis.

Generally speaking, that's on par with other metro areas in the state, which are seeing more cases of STDs, while North Carolina's rural areas are seeing a decline.

It's hard to know what is accounting for the rise. The most obvious possibility is an increase in unsafe sexual activity. But there's also a chance that, as screening becomes more commonplace and more effective, we're simply identifying more cases that were there to begin with.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A Trip Down The Food Shoot With Mary Roach

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Mary Roach is a writer known for asking taboo and wacky questions about the human body, and she continues this pursuit in her latest book, "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal."(W.W. Norton & Company/2013)

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Health
3:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Rock 'N' Roll Raleigh: Why Some Run, Why Some Won't

Beth Neel, at finish line of Richmond Half Marathon
Credit Beth Neel

The Rock 'N' Roll Raleigh marathon will be held this Sunday. It's a huge event with lots of music, as the name implies. Recently we asked Rock 'N' Roll Raleigh marathon runners two simple questions: "Who Are You?" and "Why Do You Run?"

The very first response we received was from someone telling us why they are NOT running.

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Health
10:25 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Not Enough Doctors? How The Medical Education System Is Contributing To The Shortage

U.S. Navy Ens. Frank Percy, right, a physician’s assistant, works alongside a medical student.
Credit Seaman S. C. Irwin, United States Navy

It is a great time to become a physician in the U.S. There is a growing need for doctors of all kinds, so if you invest in medical school, chances are, you will find a job. By the end of this decade, it’s projected that the country will be short 90,000 physicians.

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Health
9:39 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Food Pantries On NC College Campuses: Need Is Greater Than Expected

Credit Reema Khrais / WUNC

More universities in North Carolina are opening food pantries on campus to help hungry students and faculty. 

N.C. Central University started giving out food to its students earlier this week.  It's one of at least eight colleges and universities in the state that have opened food pantries in the last two years. 

Jason O'Briant is a dietetics professor at N.C. Central and helped start the school's pantry.  He says the need for food on college campuses is higher than expected, even for students who receive room and board.
 

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The State of Things
12:44 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Affordable Care Act Insurance Enrollment In North Carolina

Healthcare.Gov
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The deadline for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is just around the corner. By Monday March 31st, the Obama administration hopes that 6 million Americans will have begun the process of enrollment. 

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Medicaid Reform
10:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Medicaid Plan Hopes To Save $330 Million

Credit Duke Medecine

The NC Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its plan on Monday to reform the state's Medicaid system. While it had already signaled a shift from Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) months ago, the new plan partially outlines how the state would like to achieve that shift.

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The State Of Things
12:19 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Farm Provides Therapy For People With Mental Illness And Developmental Disabilities

Working on a farm
Credit Wikipedia

The Farm at Penny Lane is a 40-acre plot of land tucked away in north Pittsboro, North Carolina. But this is no conventional farming operation; it is operated by volunteers and people with mental illness and developmental disabilities.

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