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6:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Whooping Cough Cases Increasing In North Carolina

Pertussis, often known as Whooping Cough, is on the rise in North Carolina.

Asma Khalid: Whooping cough sounds antiquated - like something you could catch on "The Oregon Trail." But, it's not just a fictional computer game disease. North Carolina health officials have witnessed a number of recent outbreaks. To date, they've tracked 179 cases. That's already more than in all of 2011.  The State's Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging people to get immunized, no matter how old they are. Zack Moore is an epidemiologist with the state.

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8:07 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Coordinated Care System for Heart Attacks Improves Survival

A years-long project to coordinate heart attack care among North Carolina's hundreds of hospitals and emergency services has shortened response times and reduced the number of deaths.

That's according to a study out this week. One of its authors is Duke cardiologist James Jollis. He says one way the system reduced response times was by creating standard statewide practices for EMS workers.

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7:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

HIV/AIDS Conference In Raleigh

A network of health experts, policymakers and advocates in the fight against AIDS are gathering for a conference today near the state capitol.

Leoneda Inge: The rate of new HIV cases in North Carolina is 41-percent higher than the national rate. Lisa Hazirjian is the Executive Director of North Carolina AIDS Action Network.

Lisa Hazirjian: It is very scary and it’s part of a southern situation where throughout the southeast we see disproportionately high incidents of new HIV infections.

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5:25 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

WakeMed And UNC Hospitals Call A Truce

WakeMed Hospital has withdrawn its takeover bid of UNC-owned Rex Healthcare. The cross-town rivals are putting an end to their public battle that escalated when WakeMed issued an unsuccessful bid to buy Rex last year for 750 million dollars. The announcement comes after state lawmakers helped broker an agreement between the two institutions' officials. Bill Atkinson is the CEO of WakeMed.

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6:00 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Wake County, UNC Explore Mental Health Care Partnership

Wake County residents who need mental health care could become UNC Health Care patients later this year.

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9:25 am
Mon May 14, 2012

NC Health Insurer Seeks To Harness Consumer Data

Graham Hughes
sas.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Cary-based information technology giant SAS are collaborating to provide more personalized health care.

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9:05 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Hagan Pushes Bill To Accelerate Drug Approval

Senator Kay Hagan at N.C. Children's Hospital with Meagan Hendren and her son, who has Gaucher Disease, a metabolic disorder for which there currently is no cure.
Office of Senator Kay Hagan

Senator Kay Hagan toured UNC Children's Hospital yesterday as part of a push for her bill that would streamline approval of treatments for serious and rare diseases.

Hagan says the Food and Drug Administration needs to find faster ways to get treatments to patients suffering from rare diseases.

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4:10 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Legislative Committee Votes To Limit UNC Health Care

A legislative committee has voted to recommend limiting the size of UNC Health Care.

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10:43 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Wake & Orange Counties Rank Healthiest

Wake and Orange counties are the healthiest in the state. That's according to a new study ranking health outcomes by county across the nation. In North Carolina and elsewhere, the healthiest counties tend to be the wealthiest. Michelle Larkin is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which compiled the study with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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9:10 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Frequent Intervention Helps Fight Obesity

Researchers at Duke University say a new study shows promising results from a program promoting weight loss for obese patients. The study's authors say the program starts at primary care clinics and focuses on high-risk patients from ethnic minority populations and low income groups. Gary Bennett is an associate professor at Duke and worked on the study.

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