Health

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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Health
6:32 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Duke Doctors Discover Possible HIV Deterrent In Breast Milk

A microscopic image of HIV.
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Duke researchers say a protein in breast milk may be a key in preventing babies from contracting HIV from their infected mothers. 

The protein Tenascin-C is produced by the body to aid in helping wounds heal.  Doctors found after isolating the breast milk component that it neutralizes HIV transfer even as breast-fed babies are exposed multiple times daily.  

Sallie Permar is a professor of pediatrics at Duke.  She says their questions now center on moms with HIV.

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The State Of Things
11:26 am
Mon October 21, 2013

From Tobacco Fields To Neuroanatomy

Zero to Eighty Over Unpaved Roads: A Memoir
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Health
4:51 am
Thu October 17, 2013

UNC-Chapel Hill Studies To Aid In Crafting Tobacco Regulations

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The federal Food and Drug Administration has tapped UNC-Chapel Hill researchers to compile data that  may lead to stronger tobacco regulations. 

One study will focus on effects of tobacco products on the lungs.  The other will examine what people know about the dangers of tobacco and how warnings can be improved.  

Kurt Ribisl is a professor of health behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health.  He says most people are unaware of all the negative effects of tobacco.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Calories Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be

NC State Biologist Rob Dunn studies the microorganisms that live inside us
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We think we know calories.

Eat too many and you get fat. Eat too few and you get skinny. But Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University, says that might not be the case. He argues that many other factors affect calorie consumption and that stomach bacteria may be more influential than once realized. Host Frank Stasio talk with Dunn about the mystery of calories.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

New Discoveries In Chronic Pain Research

More Americans suffer from chronic pain than from heart disease
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Warning: This segment contains a story about sexual violence.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law
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You probably know it as Obamacare, but its official name is the Affordable Care Act. And starting Tuesday, enrollment opens for mandatory insurance.


New policies don’t actually go into effect until January 1, but in the meantime, curious shoppers can take to the health exchanges to find a deal on health insurance.

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Health
7:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A Week Before Affordable Care Act, Navigators Spreading The Word

The health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, goes into effect next week.
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North Carolina is asking local health departments to work with people hired to give information about the Affordable Care Act. 

The Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to every county last week, encouraging them to work with so-called health care navigators.  The federal government gave out about $3 million in grants to non-profits, hospitals and volunteers to hire navigators last month.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Program Offers Hope For Domestic Violence Survivors

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One in four women in America will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Musical Doctors Raise Awareness Of Gynecological Cancers

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The band N.E.D, a group of gynecological oncologists, play live in our studio

  

While the pink ribbons of breast cancer garner considerable public attention, other, more deadly cancers affecting women fall far from the spotlight.

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