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3:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Duke Study: New Insight On Orphanages

Children at an orphanage in Vietnam
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Researchers at Duke University suggest getting rid of homes for orphaned children will not lead to better child well-being.

The study followed children in low- to middle-income children from Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, and Tanzania. It looked at many factors in the children's lives including emotional trauma, growth, memory and the health of both the child and caregiver.

Kathryn Whetten is professor of public policy at Duke and directs the school's Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. 

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Possible Outcomes Of North Carolina Turning Down Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina will be missing out on $51 billion from Mediciad because they chose not to expand coverage.
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Lawmakers in North Carolina decided to not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

UNC Health Care Seeks Wake County Medicare Patients

TBJ Reporter Jason deBruyn
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The Affordable Care Act creates new policies to keep healthcare costs down. As revenue streams shift, healthcare systems look for new ways to make money.

And UNC Health care seeks to gain a share of the Medicare market in Wake County. Host Frank Stasio talks with Triangle Business Journal reporter Jason deBruyn about the changes and his latest reporting. 

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Health
8:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Charles House To Open Second Nonprofit Assisted Living Home

Seniors garden in at the Charles House Eldercare Home in the Heritage Hills neighborhood in Chapel Hill.
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A Carrboro nonprofit is opening a second home for senior citizens who can't live on their own anymore.

The Charles House Association opened an eldercare home in Chapel Hill's Heritage Hills neighborhood in 2011. There, six residents share chores. They also pay the cost of the facility and the care giving staff.

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Health
7:52 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Task Force: Rural NC Needs Better Investment Strategies To Improve Health

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A state task force says rural communities need more strategic investments and partnerships to improve their residents' health. 

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine's Task Force on Rural Health released a report Monday about health disparities in rural counties. 

It says many of their childhood nutrition programs need more attention.  And local schools need more help to recruit health care professionals who will stay and work in rural North Carolina.

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Health
5:32 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Where In NC Are You Most Likely To Be In A Car Accident?

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AAA Carolinas has labeled rural North Carolina the "killing grounds" for drivers in accidents.

More than 1,100 people died in traffic accidents in North Carolina last year, though the number is lower than in years prior. A new report from AAA Carolinas shows the continuing trend of fewer fatalities on the road since 2010. The number is dropping, but slowly.

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Health
5:32 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

There's More Than One Reason For Malnutrition In Seniors

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Researchers are raising questions about malnutrition among North Carolina's senior citizens. Doctors at UNC Hospitals report, over a two month period, more than half of patients ages 65 or older who came to the emergency department were either malnourished or a risk of malnutrition.

The study looked at about 140 older patients and saw no notable difference in the nutrition of rural versus urban seniors. There was also no noticeable difference between genders. The greater discrepancy came with access to proper food.

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State of Things
12:16 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Prescription Drug Overdose in North Carolina

Opioid pain medication is the leading cause of unintentional drug overdose in North Carolina
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North Carolina has a drug overdose rate that is higher than average. 

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Health
8:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

The Affordable Care Act And College Journalists: An Imperfect Match

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Universities across the country have made it clear that providing health coverage for temporary employees -- like adjunct professors and grad students -- is prohibitively expensive.

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The State of Things
12:30 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

NC Connections To West African Ebola Outbreak

Two nurses and ebola patient in 1976
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 As news of the Ebola outbreak that killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa continues, some missionaries from the region return to the United States. Their treatment and quarantine raises questions about American response to the disease.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Adaure Achumba, West Africa Correspondent for E-News Channel Africa and Karen Garloch, health reporter for The Charlotte Observer, about the latest news. 

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