Diagnosing Health Care: A North Carolina Voices Series http://wunc.org en NC Voices: Health Of Elders http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-health-elders <p></p><p>People are living longer now than ever before in human history. By the year 2030, more than one-in-five people in the United States will be over the age of 65. The dream is to stay healthy into a ripe old age and die peacefully in your sleep. But the reality is likely to be quite different. Many people go through a long physical and mental decline before they die. As we wrap up our series, "<a href="http://wunc.org/programs/news/wunc-older-archives/archive-old/resolveuid/79bb97481d656ec1c0c903550658814d" title="Diagnosing Health Care">North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care</a>," Rose Hoban takes a look at whether the health care system is ready for the coming flood of frail seniors. Tue, 16 Oct 2007 14:20:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 17147 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Diabetes Part 5 http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-diabetes-part-5 <p>As part of our series "North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care" we’ve been reporting on the remarkable rise of Type 2 diabetes. That rise is due mostly to obesity; Emily Hanford traveled to two schools in eastern North Carolina to try to find out why it's such a problem -- and what's being done about it. Tue, 16 Oct 2007 14:18:00 +0000 Emily Hanford 17107 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Gene Testing http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-gene-testing <p>Since experts mapped the human genome, the continuous flow of new information has affected decisions people are making about their health. As part of our series, "North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care," producer Susan Davis considers what people learn from genetic testing and if it’s always helpful. When Susan’s father died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1992 experts were not sure if there was a genetic link to the disease. But now they’re sure. And there’s a test she could take to find out if she has it. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 14:57:00 +0000 Susan Davis 17099 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Diabetes Part 4 http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-diabetes-part-4 <p>Type-2 diabetes may be the plague of this century. Just 20 years ago, about 30 million people in the world had the disease. Today, it’s more than five times that many. It’s a frightening prospect for health, and the health care system. Here in North Carolina, diabetes is already a direct or contributing cause in one out of every five hospitalizations. That’s billions of dollars of every year. Experts say health care providers need more effective ways to treat diabetics so they don’t end up in the hospital. A group of clinics in eastern North Carolina is trying to do it with a new model for treating chronic disease. Mon, 15 Oct 2007 14:54:00 +0000 Emily Hanford 17106 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Diabetes Part 3 http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-diabetes-part-3 <p>This week we're focusing on health care and the rise of diabetes in northeastern North Carolina. Yesterday we met Miranda Cofield, a 50 year old woman who recently lost her health insurance. She's African American, and she's poor. These factors put her at high risk of developing complications from diabetes. Statistically, Sterling Hamilton does not face the same risks. Fri, 12 Oct 2007 18:13:00 +0000 Emily Hanford 17104 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Greener Hospitals http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-greener-hospitals <p>This week we’re examining the health care system and asking whether it actually promotes good health. Today, we look at health care facilities themselves. From toxic chemicals and medical waste, to round-the-clock energy and water use, the way hospitals are built and maintained can have serious effects on the patients inside and on the environment beyond. So as the population ages and hospital construction booms, the health care industry is examining the central creed of medicine "to do no harm" and applying it the environment too. Thu, 11 Oct 2007 13:39:00 +0000 Katy Barron 17098 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Diabetes Part 2 http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-diabetes-part-2 <p>Today our look at diabetes in eastern North Carolina continues.</p><p>"Good morning, how ya doin? My name is Miranda Cofield. I live in Rich Square, NC and I am a 50 year-old patient with diabetes, type 2."</p><p>"I’m Sterling Hamilton, I live here in Conway, I’m a retired school teacher and administrator and I found out I had diabetes, Type 2, in 2000."</p><p>Sterling Hamilton and Miranda Cofield are both determined to beat their diabetes. But their experience with the disease has been very different. He gets a comfortable retirement income; she works part time as a school tutor. He has health insurance; she does not And he is white; she is black. These distinctions are significant when it comes to diabetes, and health. Emily Hanford reports for our series "North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Healthcare." She begins with Miranda Cofield. Thu, 11 Oct 2007 13:36:00 +0000 Emily Hanford 17103 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Health Disparities http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-health-disparities <p>If you’re a white North Carolinian, you’re statistically likely to be born stronger, live healthier, and die later than your African American or Latino counterpart. You’re also not as likely to suffer from a chronic disease, and if you do, you’re less likely to die of it. Some say that’s because of racial bias within the health care system. But others say the problem’s much bigger than that – and health care alone can’t solve it. Laura Leslie reports for North Carolina Voices. Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:50:00 +0000 Laura Leslie 17100 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Diabetes Part 1 http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-diabetes-part-1 <p>Today, as part of "<a href="http://wunc.org/programs/news/wunc-older-archives/archive-old/resolveuid/79bb97481d656ec1c0c903550658814d" title="Diagnosing Health Care">North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care</a>" we begin a series of reports looking at the rise of diabetes and its impact on the state. Our stories focus on northeastern North Carolina where diabetes is taking a particularly harsh toll. We begin in Northampton County, east of Interstate 95 near the Virginia border. Northampton is one of the poorest counties in the state. If you live here, you are almost twice as likely to develop diabetes than if you live in an urban area and you’re more likely to die from it. Emily Hanford prepared this report. Wed, 10 Oct 2007 13:50:00 +0000 Emily Hanford 17102 at http://wunc.org NC Voices: Traditions Converge http://wunc.org/post/nc-voices-traditions-converge <p>Standard-issue Western health care isn’t delivering what some people want or need. They're looking for more than just another pill or procedure and piecing together medical care from several different traditions. Or, they’re bringing traditions with them from other countries. Melinda Penkava has this story for our series "North Carolina Voices: Diagnosing Health Care." Tue, 09 Oct 2007 15:46:00 +0000 Melinda Penkava 17151 at http://wunc.org