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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.
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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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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Meet Randall Williams

Randall Williams
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North Carolina native Randall Williams says he knew he was going to be a doctor when he was four years old.

Unlike many who think they know their career path, Williams never changed his mind. He started working in the emergency room of his hometown hospital in Burlington as a teenager. He served as everything from a candy striper to an orderly before going to medical school.

He is now a Raleigh physician who has taken 11 trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Palestine for medical missions. He ran for mayor of Raleigh in the latest election.

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Health
4:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil

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  State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.

Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol (CBD), is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.

Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.

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Health
4:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus

Dr. Fischer and a colleague. This clothing will protect them from Ebola.

The World Health Organization has reported the largest outbreak of Ebola ever: more than 330 deaths in western Africa, and the number is rising.  Dr. William Fischer is an infectious disease specialist at the UNC School of Medicine. He has just returned from Guinea, the epicenter of the outbreak.  Fischer admits he was scared at first. He wore protective clothing and a mask that made him look more like an astronaut than a physician. 

When asked about one of his most memorable experiences, he told this story:

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Health
8:40 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break

The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle wants to deliver meals to hungry children throughout the summer.
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The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is helping feed kids that aren't getting enough to eat this summer. 

Officials with the charity say about 116,000 Triangle students receive free and reduced-price lunch during the school year. They say many low-income families have trouble making up for that nutrition when kids are out of school.  

Kyle Abrams manages child hunger programs for the Food Shuttle.  He says they're trying all sorts of ways to provide for the community.

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The State of Things
11:37 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields

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

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Health
8:39 am
Wed June 25, 2014

In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses

Dare County officials want tourists to know their vacation addresses. If they need to call 911, they'll be able to tell first responders where to find them.
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The Dare County Sheriff's Office is encouraging visitors to the Outer Banks to know exactly where they are in case of an emergency. Cell phones sometimes share inaccurate or incomplete location data with 911 dispatch, so knowing your street address can make it easier for help to find you.

Assistant Director Lora Nock said the 911 Center handles twice as many calls in the summer months as it does in the off-season.

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