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9:08 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Mental Health Spending A Point Of Debate In State Budgets

The state Senate's budget would require doctors to get permission to prescribe certain drugs for mental health patients.
Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

Differences in state budget proposals are prompting mental health advocates to rally for more spending on group homes and treatment. 

Gov. Pat McCrory's budget increases spending on mental health by about 2 percent over the next two years.  But the state Senate's plan cuts about 3 percent. 

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Health
6:54 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Teen Birth Rate Dropping More Quickly In NC

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North Carolina's teen birth rate is down significantly as more of them wait to have children. 

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says about four percent of North Carolina teens are having children.  That's down more than one percentage point since 2007. 

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Health
5:19 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 82

Salmonella magnified 15,000x.
Credit CDC/ Janice Haney Carr

The number of people sickened by salmonella traced to a Fayetteville area hotel has risen to at least 82.  Officials say the outbreak happened earlier this month at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.  Buck Wilson is the public health director for Cumberland County.  He says finding the precise cause is challenging. 

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Duke Researcher One Of The Most Influential People In America

Kimberly Blackwell
Credit medicaloncology.medicine.duke.edu / Duke Medical Oncology

Duke oncologist Kimberly Blackwell talks about her career that landed her on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people this year

Time Magazine comes out with a list of the 100 most influential people each year. Names like Justin Timberlake and Barack Obama made the grade in 2013. But also on the list was Duke oncologist Dr. Kimberly Blackwell.  She was celebrated for her achievements improving chemotherapy treatments for a certain kind of breast cancer.

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Health
6:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Audit Finds DHHS Did Not Fully Test New Computer System

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The state Auditor has found that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services did not fully test a new computer system.

The DHHS system was installed to start processing Medicaid claims beginning in July.   Beth Wood's audit found that the nearly $500 million computer system was not put through all of its paces.  The report raises questions about the software and its ability to handle Medicaid claims paid by the state that exceed $12 billion. 

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Health
4:55 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

UNC Researchers Map American Eating Habits

A shopper examines produce at Deep Roots in Greensboro.
Credit Deep Roots Coop

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are gathering massive amounts of nutritional information to create a better picture of what Americans are eating. 

Scientists are looking at caloric data for every packaged food on the shelves and comparing that to food sales in order to see how they work into Americans' diets.  Professor Meghan Slining says the research will show how quickly manufacturers change ingredients in each product and how that changes nutrition.

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Health
7:02 am
Mon May 13, 2013

North Carolina Free Health Clinics In Flux

Donations sign on the front window of the Warren County Free Clinic in Warrenton.
Credit Leoneda Inge

North Carolina has one of the best networks of free clinics in the country.  Support from funders like the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation has helped take care of some of the state’s neediest patients; those who don’t qualify for Medicare of Medicaid.  Warren County – northeast of Raleigh – is home to one of the busiest free clinics in North Carolina.  But funding cuts have resulted in less service at a crucial time in the nation’s health care fight.

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Health
7:29 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Duke Identifies Shortcomings In HIV Vaccine

HIV microscope image
Credit Duke University

Researchers at Duke University are using a flaw in an HIV vaccine in order to develop new formulas to fight off the virus. 

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Health
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Wake Forest Baptist Implements Cuts

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced a series of cost saving measures.

Thousands of employees at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem will be affected by several cost-cutting measures. The hospital is planning to freeze some hiring, reduce retirement contributions and ask employees to voluntarily take furloughs.

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The State of Things
11:10 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Author Sheds Light On Realities Of Mental Illness

The Seventh Angel By Alex McKeithen
Credit http://www.theseventhangelbook.com/

When Alex McKeithen was a junior at Davidson College in the late '80s, his life changed. He was visiting Paris and studying art when one day he found himself stripping naked in public and proclaiming himself the seventh angel of the apocalypse. It was the beginning of an undiagnosed episode of bipolar disorder, and that experience is the focus of his memoir, "The Seventh Angel" (Lorimer Press/2012).

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