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10:06 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Wilkes Co. Program To Curb Drug Overdose Deaths Goes Statewide

Credit Community Care NC

In 2009, Wilkes County in the northwestern part of the state had the 4th highest rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in the country. Two years later, those numbers dropped by 68 percent. That's because of a program called Project Lazarus, which is now going to be implemented statewide.

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Health
5:13 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Workers Who Died On The Job Remembered

Friends gathered in Raleigh to remember workers killed on the job
Credit Gurnal Scott

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a memorial observance by friends of North Carolina workers who died on the job.

Friends of workers who died on the job honored their memory in Raleigh.   An observance of what they're calling Workers' Memorial Day included people reciting the names of employees killed on the job in North Carolina. 

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Health
9:04 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Duke To Cover Sexual Reassignment Surgery On Student Insurance

Credit Dave DeWitt

The student health insurance plan at Duke University will soon cover procedures for sexual reassignment surgery. 

The university will be the first in North Carolina to cover the service, starting this fall. Dean of Students Sue Wasiolek says the student health advisory committee recommended the change to complement existing benefits.

"A couple of years ago, we made certain that we had appropriate counseling support and hormonal therapy covered in the insurance policy for students," says Wasiolek.

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Health
7:31 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Fayetteville Identifies With PTSD After A Traumatic Experience

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit Aaron 'tango' Tang via Flickr, Creative Commons

Mental health experts in Fayetteville are hosting a community forum on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder a week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

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Health
8:00 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Johnston County Teens Hold Safe Driving Summit

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WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on a multi-county discussion about safety among teen drivers.

Johnston County teenagers will lead a discussion today aimed at stopping deadly crashes involving young drivers.  Organizers of the Teen Driving Summit will welcome students from 12 other counties to discuss safer driving practices among teens.  Johnston County currently has the 4th highest number of deaths among high school-age drivers. 


Lynda Carroll is with the county's Teen Driving Committee.  She says the dialogue will focus on five areas of risky behavior behind the wheel.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Celebrated Minster Comes Home

Rev. Dr. James Forbes talks about the anti-hunger organization Bread for the World

The Rev. Dr. James Forbes spent 18 years as the senior minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, one of the nation’s most prominent pulpits,  but his journey began in North Carolina. Dr. Forbes grew up in Raleigh, and in the 1960s, he pastored churches in Wilmington and Roxboro.

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The State of Things
11:34 am
Wed April 10, 2013

"Obeast" Shines A Light On Perceptions Of Obesity

Obeasts, a creation of Rachel Herrick
Credit obeasts.org

Rachel Herrick's Obeast Project

Turn on any news program and you’ll eventually hear about the dangers of obesity. It’s commonly accepted that being heavy is bad, and being skinny is good. Rachel Herrick is challenging that idea with her Obeast project.

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Health
7:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Proposal Would Extend Medicaid Coverage For Alzheimer's And Dementia

A committee in the state House is considering a measure to extend Medicaid coverage for people who have Alzheimer's and dementia. 

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Health
7:51 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Duke Doctors Discover Pathway To Possible HIV Vaccine

Electron microscope image of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Credit Duke University

Duke University researchers are several steps closer to developing a vaccine to help the body fight HIV. 

A team of doctors was able to find and track down rare  individuals whose immune systems can produce enough antibodies to combat the virus that causes AIDS. 

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Health
4:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor Wants Managed Care For Medicaid

Pat McCrory
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory has announced a plan that could privatize the state's Medicaid program that serves low-income people.

The state will hold a competitive bidding process for three big managed-care providers to deliver medical, mental and dental services to patients. Governor McCrory says the plan will help streamline the delivery of Medicaid services.

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