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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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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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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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12:23 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Duke Study Finds Way To Block Painful Sunburns

Some sun is good - giving the body a daily dose of vitamin D. But if you get too much, the rays can harm the DNA in skin cells and increase your chances of getting cancer.
Credit Laura Brunow

New research out of Duke University could put an end to painful sunburns. Scientists have discovered a way to block TRP-V-4, a skin molecule responsible for the redness and pain following prolonged sun exposure.

"Like reddening, formation of soreness and blisters... influx of blood, inflammatory cells, of cells that make itch," said Wolfgang Liedtke, a neurobiology professor at Duke. "That is the tissue injury response down to the level of non-visible."

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4:00 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Low-Income Health Clinic Closing In Greensboro

HealthServe is closing in Greensboro this week and 20,000 people will have to find a medical provider elsewhere.
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An estimated 20,000 patients will be affected by the closing of a health clinic in Greensboro later this month.  HealthServe provides care for people who are low-income, and have little or insufficient health insurance. The clinic began as a volunteer effort by local doctors in the 1990s. HealthServe has lost funding from the County and Moses Cone Hospital. The State’s recent decision to not expand Medicaid was the third strike.

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5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

UNC And Duke Receive $3.6 Million For Breast Cancer Research

The pink ribbon is a symbol for breast cancer awareness.
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UNC- Chapel Hill and Duke researchers will share national grant money to further breast cancer studies. Ten programs at the schools will get $3.6 million from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The research will investigate causes and develop vaccines.

Pam Kohl, the director of Komen's Triangle to the Coast affiliate, says this funding can be as important to scientists as it is to patients. Kohl points to Komen Scholar Kimberly Blackwell of Duke as one of those who benefited.

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1:16 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

NC Regulators Approve Plans For Health Benefit Exchange

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The state Department of Insurance has approved subsidized health care plans that will be available under the Affordable Care Act.

Several details of the plans remain sealed as trade secrets, including rates, deductibles and how many were approved.  Marni Schribman of the state Insurance Department says the plans will be part of North Carolina's health care exchange, which is scheduled to launch in October.

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5:52 am
Wed July 31, 2013

State Health Director Laura Gerald Resigns

Dr. Laura Gerald
Credit NC Division of Public Health

State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald has resigned from that post effective immediately. 

A release from the Department of Health and Human Services said Secretary Aldona Vos accepted the resignation Tuesday.  Gerald served as state health director for the past 18 months.

In a correspondence sent to DHHS employees, Vos thanked Gerald for her service and wished her well on her future endeavors. The secretary also announced temporary replacements in the Division of Public Health

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2:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Finds Black Teen Birth Rate Declines In Response To Job Loss

A new study finds that black teens have fewer babies in response to job loss.
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While there are many studies that highlight the irrational nature of teenagers’ decisions, a new study conducted by researchers at Duke University has just found evidence of the opposite. The study shows that when a community experiences job loss, fewer African-American teenagers have babies.

Christina Gibson-Davis is an associate professor of public policy, sociology and psychology and neuroscience at Duke and one of three authors of the study.

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9:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Links Childhood Poverty To Smoking

A Duke University study found a link between poverty and smoking in adolescents.
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Researchers at Duke University have been studying the affect of poverty and parenting on substance abuse in adolescents.  The findings suggest self-control for teens is influenced by economic status earlier in life.  The study shows children growing up in poverty are more likely to smoke as adults. 

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