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4:15 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mandated Program Leads To Drop In Domestic Violence

A new study finds that mothers who participated in a domestic violence awareness program were more likely to leave abusive relationships.
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Mothers who completed a mandated domestic violence program were more likely to end abusive relationships. That’s according to new research out from the School of Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill. The study looked at mothers who were mandated by courts or child services to take a 13-week program and learn methods on, parenting, self-advocacy and safety.

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Health
4:56 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Duke Study Examines Caloric Info In Fast Food Chains’ Online Menus

A new study looks at the availability of caloric information from fast food restaurants online.
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Many of the nation's largest restaurants chains are making calorie information available on menus online, according to new research out of Duke University. Part of the Affordable Care Act mandates the information be provided on all in-store menus for chains with more than 20 stores. Lead author of the study Gary Bennett is an associate professor psychology, neuroscience, and global Health at Duke, and he says there are huge variations on how caloric and other nutritional content is presented to consumers.

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Health
7:22 am
Mon August 19, 2013

BlueCross BlueShield Adds Retail Locations Ahead Of Health Exchange

BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is adding retail locations ahead of the launch of the state health care exchange.
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Insurance provider BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is expanding retail locations as the federal government prepares to launch the state's health care exchange. 

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The State of Things
1:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Intersection of Mental Health And Developmental Disability

Duke University Hospital
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Parents of teenagers with mental illnesses struggle to find appropriate care. When those adolescents also have developmental disabilities, they often end up in a cycle of psychiatric treatment that keeps them in residential facilities far from their homes.

Host Frank Stasio talks with News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke about a story of one family facing these challenges and the state’s resources for treatment.

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Health
2:00 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella?

N.C. State researchers are using North Carolina's tomato plants to understand how Salmonella affects crops.
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Researchers at North Carolina State University are searching for Salmonella in North Carolina's tomato crops.  The bacteria causes salmonellosis, a disease that can range from uncomfortable to deadly, and tomatoes in Florida and Virginia have been the sources of outbreaks. Despite North Carolina's close proximity and similar climate, local tomatoes have been safe from the pathogen. A team of scientists from N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is investigating why.

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The State of Things
12:20 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Health Clinic Closing To Affect Thousands

HealthServe provides medical services to thousands of patients.
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Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about news around the Triad

The closing of the Healthserve Community Health Clinic in Greensboro is expected to affect thousands of low income patients. The clinic is closing, in part, because of the State legislature’s decision to reject federal Medicaid expansion. Host Frank Stasio talks to WUNC Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about this and other Triad news live from Triad Stage in Greensboro.

Health
5:00 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Duke Study: Inducing Or Augmenting Labor Could Raise Risk Of Autism

The study linked autism to induced labor.
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Researchers at Duke University say they've found evidence that inducing or augmenting labor could increase an infant's risk of autism. 

A study of more than 600,000 births shows boys were 35 percent more likely to have autism if labor was both induced and augmented.  The risk was also elevated for girls, but at a lower rate.

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Health
6:55 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Statewide Study Shows Community Care Cuts Return Visits To Hospitals

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Members of a Raleigh-based community medical organization say a new study shows a transitional care program they launched has cut hospital re-admissions by 20 percent. 

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Health
2:52 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Which NC Counties Are The Most Dangerous For Car Crashes?

A wrecked car in Mecklenburg County, which had the highest total number of fatal crashes in 2012.
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For the third year in a row, the same four counties have topped AAA Carolinas’ list of North Carolina’s most dangerous counties for car collisions. Pitt, New Hanover, Person and Watauga Counties were ranked the four most dangerous, all averaging over 250 car crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. Pitt County has topped the list for five straight years.

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Health
7:12 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Some N.C. Hospitals Hit With Medicare Penalty

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Medicare patients who are frequently admitted to hospitals are beginning to cause extra fees for those facilities. 

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