9:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Links Childhood Poverty To Smoking

A Duke University study found a link between poverty and smoking in adolescents.
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Researchers at Duke University have been studying the affect of poverty and parenting on substance abuse in adolescents.  The findings suggest self-control for teens is influenced by economic status earlier in life.  The study shows children growing up in poverty are more likely to smoke as adults. 

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5:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Just How Safe Is Abortion In North Carolina? It Depends On Who You Ask

Credit NC General Assembly

One of the issues still to be decided by the North Carolina Legislature before it adjourns is whether to approve new rules that Republicans say would make abortion safer.

Democrats say abortions in the state are already very safe, and that the new provisions would lead to clinics closing.

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4:59 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Report Shows Progress & Room For Improvement In Children's Dental Health

A new report has insights into children's dental health in the state.
Credit Dave Buchwald, creative commons

A North Carolina Institute of Medicine task force released a new study on children's dental care in the state.

Berkeley Yorkery, a project manager with the Institute, says compared to other states, North Carolina has made strides in children's dental participation.

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3:06 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Services Improving At NC Nursing Homes

The state's nursing homes are improving, according to a new study.
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A nationwide study of nursing homes says North Carolina's facilities are improving. 

A survey commissioned by the federal government shows more nursing homes scored higher on a five-star health rating system in 2011 than in 2009.  The number of stars awarded is based on health inspections, the amount of staff at each home, and quality-of-life measures. 

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4:34 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Chapel Hill 12-Year-Old Wins White House Recipe Challenge & Meets The President

Vijay Dey at the White House Kids' State Dinner on July 9.
Credit Mei Dey

Twelve-year-old Chapel Hill resident Vijay Dey took a special trip to the White House last week after being selected as one of 54 nationwide winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a program sponsored by food website Epicurious and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative. The Challenge asked young chefs to submit a healthy recipe that meets the USDA’s MyPlate standards, meaning half of the dish is comprised of fruits and vegetables. They also were encouraged to submit the story behind the dish.

Dey’s winning recipe was for Spring Rolls, a dish he said was inspired by his grandfather. “My grandpa makes that recipe and I thought it tasted really good,” Dey said. “And it fit with the MyPlate food group categories.”

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4:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves

Pastor Charles Lindquist on his StreetStrider.
Credit Duke Clergy Health Initiative

Like their good friends the Baptists, the Methodists love a good covered dish event. Any church gathering can serve as a reason to bring out the cakes, cookies and casseroles, and in rural North Carolina, that puts church leaders, like Pastor Charles Lindquist, in an awkward position.

“People used to say, ‘get up there in the front of the line’ and you had this feeling of 90 pairs of eyes staring at you to see whose food you were going to take,” says Reverend Lindquist. “So you tried to take some of everything.”

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The State of Things
12:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Medical Milestone: Duke Surgeons Implant Bioengineered Vein

Implanting a bioengineered blood vessel into a patient at Duke University Hospital
Credit Shawn Rocco

Doctor Jeffrey Lawson and Doctor Laura Niklason discuss their development of the bioengineered vein

A team of doctors implanted a bioengineered blood vessel into a patient with late stage kidney disease at Duke University Hospital in June.   

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7:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Study Finds OB/GYNs Tend To Over-Diagnose

Two Ob/GYN doctors review test results.
Credit Mercy Health

For decades, women have been told to get annual screenings for cervical cancer. In 2009, mounting scientific evidence prompted major groups like the American Cancer Society to recommend less frequent screenings; every 3 years instead of every year.

Despite the revised guidelines, about half of the OB/GYNs surveyed reported they continue to provide yearly exams. Dr. Russell Harris from UNC's Center for Health Services Research says that practice is outdated and may do more harm than good.

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5:18 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Durham Clinic That Provides Abortions Vows To Reopen, Says New Regulations Unnecessary

The Baker Clinic For Women had its license revoked by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Credit Baker Clinic For Women

A Durham clinic that performs abortions was closed last Friday, after an inspection by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But the owner of that clinic says it will reopen.

In a notice of administrative action delivered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Baker Clinic was cited because it "failed to ensure quality control was performed in blood banking" and "failed to perform quality control testing on one hundred-eight patients that received Rh(D) [blood type] testing."

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Childhood Trauma Strongest Precursor To HIV In South

You're The First One I've Told: The Faces of HIV in the Deep South

Kate Whetten, Professor of Public Policy, discusses the rise of HIV cases in the south

For more than a decade, the number of people in our nation who've newly contracted HIV has gone down two percent. But the South doesn't share in that small victory. During the same period of time, the number of people contracting the virus in the South has risen 36 percent.

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