Duke University http://wunc.org en Air Quality Shapes Public Health http://wunc.org/post/air-quality-shapes-public-health <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3" style="line-height: normal;">S</font><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">tronger emission controls in North Carolina are closely associated with declining death rates from respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, according to a Duke University study released this week.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 37832 at http://wunc.org Air Quality Shapes Public Health BPA May Make Breast Cancer Cells Resistant To Treatment http://wunc.org/post/bpa-may-make-breast-cancer-cells-resistant-treatment <p></p><p>A new study from Duke University suggests a chemical found in many plastics can make breast cancer cells resistant to treatment.</p><p>The report discusses the effects of BPA on Inflammatory Breast Cancer cells. It's a type of cancer found in 1-5 percent of breast cancer cases. Researchers suggest that the chemical neutralizes the effects of prescription drugs meant to keep the cancerous cell from growing.</p><p>Co-author Scott Sauer says it was important to look at the drug resistance factor, not just how the BPA interacted with the cancer itself.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:47:17 +0000 WUNC News 37811 at http://wunc.org BPA May Make Breast Cancer Cells Resistant To Treatment STORY UPDATE: How A Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit Will Kick-Start The 2014 World Cup http://wunc.org/post/story-update-how-mind-controlled-robotic-suit-will-kick-start-2014-world-cup <p>Earlier this year we brought you a story about the connection between a mind-controlled robotic suit and soccer's World Cup. We have updated the story at the bottom of the page.</p><p><strong>Original story:</strong></p><p>The upcoming World Cup is sure to go down in the history books even before the competition starts.&nbsp; This year, a paralyzed teen will use a mind-controlled robotic suit to help stand, walk and make the opening kick to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Nancy Wang 31547 at http://wunc.org STORY UPDATE: How A Mind-Controlled Robotic Suit Will Kick-Start The 2014 World Cup Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them http://wunc.org/post/scientists-rush-find-and-name-species-save-them <p></p><p>Species are going extinct about 1,000 times faster than they should be because their habitat is being destroyed. That's according to new <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6187/1246752.abstract">research led by Duke University</a>.</p><p></p><p>Conservation Ecology Professor Stuart Pimm said the worse news is that nearly 90 percent of the species are unknown to scientists.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:52:31 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 36923 at http://wunc.org Scientists Rush To Find (And Name) Species To Save Them Kids With ADHD Are Less Likely To Smoke After Treatment http://wunc.org/post/kids-adhd-are-less-likely-smoke-after-treatment <p></p><p>People who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are much more likely than the rest of the population to take up smoking. But a new report out today from Duke University shows that kids who are treated consistently for their ADHD with stimulant medication are less likely to take up the habit.</p><p></p><p>Lead author Scott Kollins said nicotine often becomes a comfort for young people who are socially awkward or have trouble concentrating.</p><p></p><p>“The treatment for ADHD addresses a lot of these things,” Kollins said.</p><p></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:00:17 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35346 at http://wunc.org Kids With ADHD Are Less Likely To Smoke After Treatment Commencement Weekend: Grads Urged To Live 'Lives Of Consequence' http://wunc.org/post/commencement-weekend-grads-urged-live-lives-consequence <p>Many colleges and universities across North Carolina have added thousands of alumni.&nbsp; Students from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University were among those to turn their tassels Sunday.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br />Harvard surgeon and best-selling author Atul Gawande spoke at UNC's commencement. The theme of Gawande's speech was how to find the right place to live and work after graduation.<br /><br />"One thing I came to realize after college was that the search for purpose is really a search for a place, not an idea," says Gawande.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:37:11 +0000 Will Michaels 35324 at http://wunc.org Commencement Weekend: Grads Urged To Live 'Lives Of Consequence' Duke Chapel Closing For Restoration; Two Stunning Photos http://wunc.org/post/duke-chapel-closing-restoration-two-stunning-photos <p>Duke Chapel is closing to the public May 11, 2015 for a year-long restoration project. The ceiling will be worked on and the original chapel roof will be replaced. Crews will also work to restore the stained-glass windows and woodwork.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:40:35 +0000 Carol Jackson 34712 at http://wunc.org Duke Chapel Closing For Restoration; Two Stunning Photos Merge Turns 25 in Durham http://wunc.org/post/merge-turns-25-durham <p>It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.</p><p></p><p>Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:38:50 +0000 Eric Hodge & Rebecca Martinez 33828 at http://wunc.org Merge Turns 25 in Durham Political Leadership Under 40 http://wunc.org/post/political-leadership-under-40 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><font size="3" style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="http://www.sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=11324">Jane Kim</a> was only 33 years old when she became the nation’s first Korean-American district supervisor, representing San Francisco’s </span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">6</span></font><font style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px;"><sup>th</sup></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;District on the Board of Supervisors. Since her election in 2010, she has focused her work on homelessness, affordable housing and pedestrian safety. She speaks tonight at 5:30 pm at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy as part of the <a href="http://calendar.duke.edu/events/show?fq=id%3ACAL-8a0870ef-44647b9d-0144-695eacb4-00000474demobedework@mysite.edu">Connect2Politics</a> speaker series, a program designed to promote engagement with politics among a younger audience.</span></font> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:38:45 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 32792 at http://wunc.org Political Leadership Under 40 On Racism: 'This Is Our Heritage. You Can't Get Away From It' http://wunc.org/post/racism-our-heritage-you-cant-get-away-it <p></p><p>Last month, Michael Dunn <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/lawyer-seeks-delay-in-loud-music-case-sentencing/">was convicted</a> of attempted murder, after firing several rounds into an SUV of young black men. Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old, was killed in the incident. Dunn is 47, and he is white. Dunn invoked the "Stand Your Ground Law" to defend his actions, and the jury was deadlocked on whether to charge him for Davis's murder. He'll face a retrial this summer.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:44:22 +0000 Phoebe Judge & Eric Mennel 32404 at http://wunc.org On Racism: 'This Is Our Heritage. You Can't Get Away From It'