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5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Study: Doctors Aren't Talking About Sex With Teenage Patients

A study released Monday by Duke Medicine researchers shows that less than two thirds of doctors talk about sex and sexuality with their teenage patients during checkups.
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Doctors too often miss the opportunity to talk with their teenage patients about sex during annual visits, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

A study released this week in JAMA Pediatrics shows that less than two thirds of doctors and teenage patients talk about sex and sexuality during checkups, with most conversations lasting an average of 36 seconds.  

Cleveland Shields, a researcher on the study, says the findings show that doctors need to approach the topic more often and for longer periods of time to better address the sexual health needs of teenagers.

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Water Quality
7:56 am
Mon December 30, 2013

NC Will Stop Monitoring Water Quality At 41 Swimming Locations

After the EPA cut $22,000 from a water monitoring grant, the NC Division of Marine Fisheries will drop 41 swimming sites from list of spots it tests for harmful bacteria.
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Federal cuts mean the state will stop monitoring water quality at several dozen swimming sites along coastal rivers and sounds in the coming year. The Environmental Protection Agency cut $22,000 from a grant for the testing.

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries uses a combination of state and federal funds to test 240 swimming areas for certain bacteria.

Director Louis Daniel says the division has notified county heath and summer camp directors that it will stop testing water quality at 41 swimming areas in coastal rivers and sounds.

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The State of Things
11:41 am
Wed December 18, 2013

UNC Puts Spotlight on Concussions In Football

Navy-UMass
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Doctors are increasingly concerned by the risk of concussions in football and other sports.  

The National Football League Players Association is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Brain and Body Health Program and other universities to help better treat and evaluate former players for injury, particularly to the brain.

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Health
4:42 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Listeners Comment: NC Ranks #7 On List Of Nation’s Worst Drivers

Louisiana (in red) has the nation's worst drivers.
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Apparently we've hit a nerve. We posted the news that North Carolina was tied for 7th for the dubious honor of nation's worst drivers. It was our most viewed story through Twitter yesterday. (See the original story below.)

The original story, posted Monday 12/16/13:

Texting and driving, drinking and driving, distracted driving, careless driving. Crashes, fatalities. Every year, horrific things happen out there on the roads. And more and more of us are getting on the roads to drive during the holiday season.

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Hospital Partnership
6:27 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Nash Health Care To Pay UNC For Services

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UNC Health Care announced a new partnership with Nash Health Care in Rocky Mount on Monday. The partnership allows Nash to access some of the resources of the larger UNC system, including medical supplies and management services.

The partnership gives UNC 0.2% of Nash's annual revenue, or an estimated $400,000-a-year to start.

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Tobacco
8:34 am
Tue December 10, 2013

NC Ranks 45th For Tobacco Prevention And Cessation Spending

A report from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids says North Carolina doesn't spend nearly enough money on programs to prevent kids from smoking or to help smokers quit.
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North Carolina doesn't spend enough to keep people from smoking or help them quit. That's according to a report from a coalition of health organizations.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids report ranked North Carolina 45th in the country for spending on smoking and chewing prevention or cessation programs. The report says the state spent none of its tobacco tax revenue on those programs in fiscal year 2013.

Ricky Diaz of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says the state wants to serve its residents.

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Traffic Deaths
5:46 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Traffic Fatalities Rise; Trend Likely To Continue

A car accident on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
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After a six-year dip in the number of traffic fatalities in North Carolina, deaths in 2012 rose by 5.5 percent. That's according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The federal agency says 1,292 people died in car accidents in North Carolina last year, with 33,561 fatalities occurring nationwide.

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Toxicology
2:01 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NC State's Database Could Revolutionize Pharmaceutical Research

The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database can be used to track information about toxic effects of therapeutic drugs.
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North Carolina State University recently beefed up its toxicology database, which could help revolutionize pharmaceutical research.

NC State's Comparitive Toxicogenomics Database already cataloged the harmful health impacts of environmental chemicals, like arsenic. Then pharmaceutical giant Pfizer collaborated with the CTD to add unintended side effects of therapeutic drugs.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Is Facebook Good For Your Health?

Brian Southwell's new book studies the effectiveness of social networking in spreading health news.
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Host Frank Stasio speaks to research scientist Brian Southwell about the use of social media in public health

Scientists and public health officials are increasingly turning to social media and peer-to-peer networks to educate the public.  

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Investigation Questions NC DHHS Hiring Practices

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North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services' policy manual requires justification memos whenever the department hires contract workers.

A records request by the News and Observer shows several hirings were made without the proper documentation. Host Frank Stasio talks with Joe Neff, investigative reporter for the News and Observer, about the department’s procedures.

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