Public Health http://wunc.org en Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields http://wunc.org/post/child-labor-north-carolina-tobacco-fields <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Federal law permits children to work in agriculture from younger ages and for longer hours than any other industry.</span></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:37:59 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 37899 at http://wunc.org Child Labor In North Carolina Tobacco Fields Interviewing My Hero And UNC Commencement Speaker Dr. Atul Gawande http://wunc.org/post/interviewing-my-hero-and-unc-commencement-speaker-dr-atul-gawande <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not often that you get the chance to interview your personal hero on the day you become a doctor, but yesterday, I got to do just that. Minutes after I graduated from </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> School of Medicine, I had the chance to speak with </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commencement speaker Dr. </span>Atul<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Gawande<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Dr. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:26 +0000 Nancy Wang 35360 at http://wunc.org Interviewing My Hero And UNC Commencement Speaker Dr. Atul Gawande “Playbook” For Local Health Professionals To Lower Health Care Costs http://wunc.org/post/playbook-local-health-professionals-lower-health-care-costs <p></p><p></p><p>A new online guidebook aims to help connect doctors with public health agencies to fight chronic illnesses like diabetes.&nbsp; Those illnesses make up 80-percent of health care costs today, compared to only 20-percent in 1900.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:27:58 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 31601 at http://wunc.org “Playbook” For Local Health Professionals To Lower Health Care Costs Duke Study Examines Caloric Info In Fast Food Chains’ Online Menus http://wunc.org/post/duke-study-examines-caloric-info-fast-food-chains-online-menus <p>Many of the nation's largest restaurants chains are making calorie information available on menus online<a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0072009">, according to new research out of Duke University</a>. Part of the Affordable Care Act mandates the information be provided on all in-store menus for chains with more than 20 stores. Lead author of the study Gary Bennett is an associate professor psychology, neuroscience, and global Health at Duke, and he says there are huge variations on how caloric and other nutritional content is presented to consumers. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:56:07 +0000 Catherine Brand 21163 at http://wunc.org Duke Study Examines Caloric Info In Fast Food Chains’ Online Menus HIV Call Center Opening In Chapel Hill http://wunc.org/post/hiv-call-center-opening-chapel-hill <p>A new statewide call center at UNC-Chapel Hill called ONE CALL will connect people diagnosed with HIV to the medical care, counseling, and other resources they need.</p><p>More than three quarters of those living with HIV in North Carolina do not seek treatment. Those who <em>do</em> receive proper treatment have a normal life expectancy and are much less likely to pass the virus on the their partners. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:41:05 +0000 Catherine Brand 17940 at http://wunc.org HIV Call Center Opening In Chapel Hill Report: North Carolina Beach Water Quality Among The Nation's Best http://wunc.org/post/report-north-carolina-beach-water-quality-among-nations-best <p>Environmental advocates say North Carolina's beaches fared well in their latest water quality study.&nbsp; The Natural Resources Defense Council's <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/ttw2012.pdf">2012 "Testing The Waters" report</a> examined many of the nation's beaches for levels of pollution.&nbsp;<br><br><a href="http://www.nrdc.org/">NRDC</a> researchers found that two percent of samples from North Carolina beaches registered higher than the state's maximum bacterial limit.&nbsp; Jon Devine, a senior attorney with the NRDC, says states like North Carolina are taking steps to stop bacterial contamination. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:06:46 +0000 Gurnal Scott 17939 at http://wunc.org Report: North Carolina Beach Water Quality Among The Nation's Best Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 82 http://wunc.org/post/salmonella-outbreak-sickens-82 <p>The number of people sickened by salmonella traced to a Fayetteville area hotel has risen to at least 82.&nbsp; Officials say the outbreak happened earlier this month at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.&nbsp; Buck Wilson is the public health director for Cumberland County.&nbsp; He says finding the precise cause is challenging.&nbsp; Fri, 24 May 2013 21:19:21 +0000 Eric Hodge 15974 at http://wunc.org Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 82 Public Health Cuts in State Budget http://wunc.org/post/public-health-cuts-state-budget <p>State public health leaders are regrouping after the budget passed last week, determining how to do more with less.<br><br>At first glance, it seems like the state's division of public health got a big bump - going from 160 to 190 million dollars next year. But state Health Director Jeff Engel says that's a one time infusion, as state budget writers eliminated the Health and Wellness Trust Fund and shifted this year's allocation to his department.<br> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:50:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 8544 at http://wunc.org