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7:52 am
Wed September 25, 2013

A Week Before Affordable Care Act, Navigators Spreading The Word

The health exchange under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, goes into effect next week.
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North Carolina is asking local health departments to work with people hired to give information about the Affordable Care Act. 

The Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter to every county last week, encouraging them to work with so-called health care navigators.  The federal government gave out about $3 million in grants to non-profits, hospitals and volunteers to hire navigators last month.

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The State of Things
11:11 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Program Offers Hope For Domestic Violence Survivors

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One in four women in America will experience intimate partner violence in her lifetime according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Musical Doctors Raise Awareness Of Gynecological Cancers

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The band N.E.D, a group of gynecological oncologists, play live in our studio

  

While the pink ribbons of breast cancer garner considerable public attention, other, more deadly cancers affecting women fall far from the spotlight.

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Health
9:39 am
Fri September 20, 2013

First West Nile Death This Year Reported In NC

The mosquito is the most common carrier of West Nile virus,
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State health officials have confirmed the first death from West Nile virus in North Carolina this year.   The Department of Health and Human Services says the victim was an adult in Wilson County.  Privacy rules do not allow the age, name or gender to be disclosed. 

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Health
7:53 am
Tue September 17, 2013

UNC Opens Mental Health Facility In Wake County As Part Of Deal With WakeMed

UNC Health Care has opened a new mental hospital in Wake County after building repairs caused a two-month delay. 

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Health
4:38 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nursing Homes Significantly Reduce Rate of Antipsychotic Drug Use

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North Carolina has reduced its rate of antipsychotic drug use in nursing homes by 23 percent over the last year-- that's the highest such improvement rate in the country.

Many nursing homes and adult care homes have been known to use antipsychotic drugs to help calm and control residents who have dementia. But overmedication can cause all sorts of problems for patients who are so drugged they can't participate in activities and who might fall because the drugs impair their coordination. Bob Konrad is a professor in health policy at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.

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Health
4:21 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Raleigh Parent Files Complaint Against YMCA For Rejecting His Diabetic Son

A Raleigh parent has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice after the local YMCA refused to admit his diabetic son. 

Bruce Hatcher says the after-school program is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Hatcher says the YMCA rejected his son because it does not administer shots, which the boy needs if his glucose level gets too low.  The YMCA of the Triangle contracts with Wake County Public Schools to provide after-school care. Some religious organizations are exempt from the Americans with Disabilities Act.   

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Health
5:27 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Durham-Based Rice Diet Center Closes Its Doors

WUNC's Gurnal Scott reports on the once-popular Rice Diet Center closing its doors after seven decades.

A Triangle live-in diet program once endorsed by celebrities and others seeking weight-loss results appears to be permanently closed.   The Rice Diet Center was once affiliated with Duke University before striking out on its own 11 years ago. 

Hollywood stars have been among those who traveled to Durham to embrace eating meals of mainly white rice and fruit in an effort to slim down. As more diet plans gained recognition, the Rice Diet lost favor and followers.  The center's current owner, Dr. Robert Rosati, was forced to close the program after 70 years.

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Health
2:32 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Duke Institute Looks For New Ideas In Access To Medicine

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A gathering in Durham today marks the launch of the Duke Institute for Health Innovation.  Leaders in healthcare, education and government will participate in the 'Summit on Transformative Innovation in Health Care.' 

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Health
4:49 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Rural Health Center Opens In Hoke County

The center is run by Robeson Health Care Corporation.
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A health care community center opens today in Hoke County, a first for residents in that rural area. The center will offer a range of services from mental health and substance abuse counseling to family medicine and preventive care. The facility is being operated by the Robeson Health Care Corporation. The company's Marlo Fulmore says the center will cater primarily to low-income residents.

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