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6:42 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Orange County To Distribute Overdose Prevention Kits

Various pharmaceutical drugs
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Orange County health officials say they will soon begin distributing kits that will help to prevent certain drug overdoses. 

State legislators passed a law that allows the drug Naloxone to be prescribed to patients.  Naloxone can reverse overdoses caused by painkillers like Oxycontin and hydrocodone.  

Orange County health director Colleen Bridger says making the kits available can help reduce what was a high number of deaths in the state since 1999 from abuse of these powerful pain medications.

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The State Of Things
11:40 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Bike Fatalities Raise Concerns About Road Safety

A panel discussion on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Two local residents, Ivin Scurlock, 41,  and Alexandra Simou, 40, lost their lives in a hit-and-run incident near Southern Village last month.  North Carolina has one of the worst rates for bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in the country.  

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Health
7:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Greensboro's Cone Health To Expand Domestic Violence Program

Exterior of Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro
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Cone Health in Greensboro will add more specially-trained nurses to a program that can  assist in getting domestic violence convictions. 

The system's forensic nursing program provides training in getting visual proof and logging other evidence that can be used in court cases.  

Program coordinator Catherine Rossi runs the forensic nursing program.  She says techniques nurses learn are similar to those crime scene investigators and medical examiners use to analyze injuries.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Why Schizophrenics Hear Voices

A researcher at Duke University thinks he might have a clue how auditory hallucinations occur.
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Schizophrenia is a frightening disease, characterized by audio and visual hallucinations.

A researcher at Duke University thinks he may have a clue as to how the auditory hallucinations occur.

Duke neurobiologist Richard Mooney said there is a long history of research that indicates that the way we hear is influenced by what we see happening around us.

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Health
6:32 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Duke Doctors Discover Possible HIV Deterrent In Breast Milk

A microscopic image of HIV.
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Duke researchers say a protein in breast milk may be a key in preventing babies from contracting HIV from their infected mothers. 

The protein Tenascin-C is produced by the body to aid in helping wounds heal.  Doctors found after isolating the breast milk component that it neutralizes HIV transfer even as breast-fed babies are exposed multiple times daily.  

Sallie Permar is a professor of pediatrics at Duke.  She says their questions now center on moms with HIV.

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The State Of Things
11:26 am
Mon October 21, 2013

From Tobacco Fields To Neuroanatomy

Zero to Eighty Over Unpaved Roads: A Memoir
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Health
4:51 am
Thu October 17, 2013

UNC-Chapel Hill Studies To Aid In Crafting Tobacco Regulations

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The federal Food and Drug Administration has tapped UNC-Chapel Hill researchers to compile data that  may lead to stronger tobacco regulations. 

One study will focus on effects of tobacco products on the lungs.  The other will examine what people know about the dangers of tobacco and how warnings can be improved.  

Kurt Ribisl is a professor of health behavior at UNC-Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health.  He says most people are unaware of all the negative effects of tobacco.

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Calories Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up To Be

NC State Biologist Rob Dunn studies the microorganisms that live inside us
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We think we know calories.

Eat too many and you get fat. Eat too few and you get skinny. But Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University, says that might not be the case. He argues that many other factors affect calorie consumption and that stomach bacteria may be more influential than once realized. Host Frank Stasio talk with Dunn about the mystery of calories.

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

New Discoveries In Chronic Pain Research

More Americans suffer from chronic pain than from heart disease
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Warning: This segment contains a story about sexual violence.

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The State of Things
11:24 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act Goes Into Effect

President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law
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You probably know it as Obamacare, but its official name is the Affordable Care Act. And starting Tuesday, enrollment opens for mandatory insurance.


New policies don’t actually go into effect until January 1, but in the meantime, curious shoppers can take to the health exchanges to find a deal on health insurance.

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