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6:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Report Praises Mental Health Partnerships

A public-private partnership is doing a good job of taking care of people suffering from mental illness. --- That, according to a new report from The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research.

Three-way contracts were instituted more than four years ago as part of a new initiative from the Division of Mental Health. The contracts allow the state to buy beds in local hospitals to provide care for people who are in crisis. Mebane Rash is an Attorney with state Center for Public Policy Research.

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8:26 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer's Diagnosis

There may be new hope for people threatened by Alzheimer's. A Duke University study released today outlines better ways to diagnose the disease early when treatments are more effective. A combination of three imaging and bio-markers were used on patients to see which one provided the most useful information to help in diagnosis. Doctor Jeffrey Petrella is an associate professor of radiology at Duke University Medical Center and a lead author of the study.

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6:10 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Study Says Too Few College Students Get Flu Vaccine

Not enough college students are getting vaccinated for the flu, according to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study. The research asked 4,000 college students in North Carolina whether or not they had received a flu shot. Dr. Tim Peters was an author of the study and is a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases.

Tim Peters: "We found that about 20-percent of them had been vaccinated. And that number is quite a bit lower than we would like."

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8:50 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Initiative To Improve Durham Kids' Mental Health Care

Duke Medicine is leading a collaboration with the Durham public schools and local agencies to develop better-integrated mental health care for children. Helen Egger is a child psychiatrist at Duke and leads the initiative. She says too often kids with psychiatric disorders are shuffled between schools, hospitals, and law enforcement- each addressing the problems on their own terms. Egger wants to develop school-based models that can fill in the gaps between services.

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6:10 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

NC Reports State's First Flu Deaths Of Season

State health officials report the first two deaths from flu in North Carolina this season.

It is said to be one of the earliest reports of flu deaths the state has seen. Both victims were in the Triad. One was said to be a high-risk case because of age. The other was generally healthy. Zack More is a state epidemiologist. He says both cases show the flu cannot be taken lightly.

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6:15 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Drug Database Gets Little Use From Pharmacists

State health officials want to know if low use of a prescription drug database is leading to more deaths in North Carolina.

A majority of state pharmacists and doctors are not checking a drug registry that every pharmacy must report to. Some lawmakers say that can enable some people to abuse highly addictive drugs. Last year, more than one thousand North Carolinians died of pharmaceutical overdoses. William Bronson runs the database for the state Department of Health and Human Services. He says it may not be fair to blame pharmacists for not monitoring their patients' drugs.

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10:03 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Poverty Having Impact On Child Health

Children's advocates say poverty continues to be a problem when it comes to kids' health. The non-profit Action for Children North Carolina is out with its annual Child Health Report Card. The state scored a D in child poverty, with more than 25% of children under 18 living in poverty. Action for Children's Laila Bell says that affects the health statistics.

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12:55 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Holiday Challenge Aims To Keep The Pounds Off

State health officials want to help North Carolinians keep the pounds off this holiday season. The annual Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge launches today. Participants receive email tips, and can download food and activity logs to track their progress. Daniella Uslan is with the Physical Activity and Nutrition Branch of the state Division of Public Health.

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7:55 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Group Home Funding May Run Out

About 2,000 people with severe mental illness are facing eviction from group homes at the end of the year. That was the message from group home residents and staff and mental health advocates who rallied at the state Capitol yesterday. A change in Medicaid rules means residential facilities for the mentally disabled will lose some federal funding at the end of the year. State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year providing replacement funds for adult care homes...but group homes were left out.

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5:10 am
Mon November 12, 2012

NC Has To Decide About Health Exchanges

North Carolina has until Friday to decide whether to build its own health exchange or let the federal government run one for the state. It's a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, which seeks to provide health care insurance to everyone. Al Delia is the Acting Secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services. He says whatever path the state chooses, there's a whole series of decisions about infrastructure that need to be made.

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