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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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Health
10:00 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Have The Khmer Rouge Trials Helped Or Harmed The Victims?

Skulls at Choeung Ek Memorial, (AKA "The Killing Fields") outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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When people started mentioning the possibility of using tribunals to bring justice to leaders of the Khmer Rouge, not everyone was thrilled. A 1999 headline from the Phnom Penh Post reads "Khmer Rouge Trials Could Renew Trauma."

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Health
9:00 am
Thu August 7, 2014

NC Considers Whether It Could Train (And Retain) Its Own Optometrists

The General Assembly has asked North Carolina's public and private universities to study whether they could feasibly establish at least one optometry school in the state.
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North Carolina's proposed budget includes a request for public and private university networks to study the feasibility of creating at least one optometry school in the state.

Aspiring optometrists currently have to leave North Carolina for their education.

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Health
12:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

'One Of The Three Greatests Risks To Human Health,' Is On The Rise

CRE are antibiotic resistant organisms with a mortality rate of more than 48%.
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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are organisms that do not respond to antibiotics. They're mostly picked up by patients while in the hospital, and have a mortality rate ranging from 48% - 71%.  What's more, between 2008 and 2012, reports of CRE jumped five-fold in the southeastern United States.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields

Tobacco harvest in NC
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Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired June 25, 2014.

Federal law permits children to work in agriculture from younger ages and for longer hours than any other industry.

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Health
9:09 am
Tue July 29, 2014

NC Orgs See Effects Of Ebola Outbreak, Follow From Afar

The Ebola virus has infected two aid workers in Western Africa doing relief work with two NC-based organizations. State health officials say they're prepared to handle an Ebola infection, should it occur here.
Credit Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine / Wikipedia

North Carolina health officials are following the spread of the Ebola virus in Western Africa. It was announced this week that two aid workers from North Carolina-based relief organizations have tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Kent Brantley of Samaritan's Purse and Nancy Writebol of Service in Mission were both working to combat the outbreak at a hospital in Liberia when they were infected.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia

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Scientists have been working for decades to understand the underlying causes of schizophrenia, one of the most common and most debilitating mental disorders. 

This week, more than 300 researchers from around the world, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, published a study that identifies more than 100 genetic markers tied to a risk for schizophrenia. 

The research is a move towards finding new ways to fight a disorder that has no clear treatment.

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Health
8:27 am
Wed July 23, 2014

What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance

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North Carolinians are waiting to hear what happens next after a pair of contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act.

A three judge panel in Washington shot down the law's subsidies for state's where people are enrolled in the federal exchange, not a state-run exchange. This includes North Carolina. A separate panel ruled just the opposite just hours later, saying the subsidies were, in fact, lawful.

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Health
7:38 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Duke Scientists To Help Diagnose Mystery Diseases

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Researchers at Duke University will become part of a national network focusing on undiagnosed diseases.

The National Institutes of Health have granted $7.2 million for geneticists at Duke to look at the rarest diseases in the world, affecting fewer than 50 patients each.

Doctor David Goldstein is one of the principle investigators for the project. He says a team at Duke has spent four years taking what used to be a purely clinical investigation and moving it into the world of genetics.

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Health
6:18 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Why Some Sterilization Victims Will Not Receive Compensation

The state of NC sanction more than 7,600 sterilizations in the 20th century.
Credit North Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program

Monday marked the last day to apply for victims of state-sanctioned sterilization in North Carolina to apply for compensation. In case this is news to you here are the basic details:

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