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The State of Things
11:40 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Duke Health System Faces Changing Medical Terrain

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  The Affordable Care Act is reaching into every community in the United States.

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Health
10:44 am
Fri November 8, 2013

NC Seeks To Improve Local Behavioral Health Treatment

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State health officials are trying to cut the number of people with behavioral disorders who end up in the Emergency Room. 

The Department of Health and Human Services says it's creating an advisory panel of health experts and patient advocates.  The group's job will be to recommend improvements at the local level for mental health and substance abuse services. 

Division of Mental Health director Dave Richard says there's apparent confusion about where to send those patients now that the state has moved away from community mental health centers.

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Health
10:39 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Hyde County Overhauling Emergency Services As Hospital Closes

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EMS officials in an eastern North Carolina county will have to expand their services as another rural hospital shuts down. 

The Vidant Pungo Hospital in the town of Belhaven will be closed by next spring.  The facility is in Beaufort County, but it's the closest hospital for residents of neighboring Hyde County, which has about 6,000 people. 

Hyde County EMS director Justin Gibbs says the next closest facilities with emergency services are about 30 miles farther away.

"We're going to have to look at rewriting our system plan," Gibbs says.

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Health
5:19 pm
Sun November 3, 2013

Operation Medicine Drop Nets Millions Of Unused Pills

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North Carolina residents have turned in millions of unused pills this year as part of a effort to fight substance abuse.  State Attorney General Roy Cooper says more than 9,500,000 prescription and over-the-counter drugs were collected during the fall months by police agencies statewide. 

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Health
4:55 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Health Workers Help Clients Understand Affordable Care Act

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Health workers who target low-income communities across the state are working to make sure their clients know they can receive health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Rebecca Whitaker is with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association. Community Health Centers are neighborhood practices in what are known as medically underserved areas. She says health care workers have been pairing up with organizations from utilities to elder care agencies who employ uninsured caregivers to get the word out.

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Health
7:38 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Duke Researchers Find Racial Disparity In HPV Infections

The Human papillomavirus (HPV) found in a Pap smear
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A study out of Duke University suggests the HPV vaccine might not be as effective for African-American women. 

The vaccine protects against two subtypes of the Human papillomavirus that cause 70 percent of cases that develop into cervical cancer, but researchers found black women are half as likely as white women to be infected with those strains. 

The findings could help explain racial discrepancies in the rates of cancer.

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Health
6:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Orange County To Distribute Overdose Prevention Kits

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Orange County health officials say they will soon begin distributing kits that will help to prevent certain drug overdoses. 

State legislators passed a law that allows the drug Naloxone to be prescribed to patients.  Naloxone can reverse overdoses caused by painkillers like Oxycontin and hydrocodone.  

Orange County health director Colleen Bridger says making the kits available can help reduce what was a high number of deaths in the state since 1999 from abuse of these powerful pain medications.

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The State Of Things
11:40 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety

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Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,  and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month.  North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.  

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Health
7:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Greensboro's Cone Health To Expand Domestic Violence Program

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Cone Health in Greensboro will add more specially-trained nurses to a program that can  assist in getting domestic violence convictions. 

The system's forensic nursing program provides training in getting visual proof and logging other evidence that can be used in court cases.  

Program coordinator Catherine Rossi runs the forensic nursing program.  She says techniques nurses learn are similar to those crime scene investigators and medical examiners use to analyze injuries.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices

A researcher at Duke University thinks he might have a clue how auditory hallucinations occur.
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Schizophrenia is a frightening disease, characterized by audio and visual hallucinations.

A researcher at Duke University thinks he may have a clue as to how the auditory hallucinations occur.

Duke neurobiologist Richard Mooney said there is a long history of research that indicates that the way we hear is influenced by what we see happening around us.

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