Health http://wunc.org en UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia http://wunc.org/post/unc-scientists-help-identify-genetic-markers-schizophrenia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px;">Scientists have been working for decades to understand the underlying causes of schizophrenia, one of the most common and most debilitating mental disorders.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 16px;">This week, more than 300 researchers from around the world, including those at UNC-Chapel Hill, published a study that identifies more than 100 genetic markers tied to a risk for schizophrenia.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:17:16 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 39551 at http://wunc.org UNC Scientists Help Identify Genetic Markers For Schizophrenia What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance http://wunc.org/post/what-recent-rulings-mean-north-carolinians-affordable-care-act-insurance <p>North Carolinians are waiting to hear what happens next after a pair of contradictory rulings on the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>A three judge panel in Washington <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/334082413/obamas-health-care-law-has-a-confusing-day-in-court">shot down the law's subsidies</a> for state's where people are enrolled in the federal exchange, not a state-run exchange. This includes North Carolina. A separate panel ruled just the opposite just hours later, saying the subsidies were, in fact, lawful.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:27:18 +0000 WUNC News 39462 at http://wunc.org What Recent Rulings Mean For North Carolinians With Affordable Care Act Insurance Duke Scientists To Help Diagnose Mystery Diseases http://wunc.org/post/duke-scientists-help-diagnose-mystery-diseases <p></p><p>Researchers at Duke University will become part of a national network focusing on undiagnosed diseases.</p><p>The National Institutes of Health have granted $7.2 million for geneticists at Duke to look at the rarest diseases in the world, affecting fewer than 50 patients each.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:38:35 +0000 WUNC News 38651 at http://wunc.org Duke Scientists To Help Diagnose Mystery Diseases Why Some Sterilization Victims Will Not Receive Compensation http://wunc.org/post/why-some-sterilization-victims-will-not-receive-compensation <p>Monday marked the last day to apply for victims of state-sanctioned sterilization in North Carolina to apply for compensation. In case this is news to you here are the basic details:</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:18:50 +0000 Eric Mennel 38195 at http://wunc.org Why Some Sterilization Victims Will Not Receive Compensation Meet Randall Williams http://wunc.org/post/meet-randall-williams <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina native Randall Williams says he knew he was going to be a doctor when he was four years old. </span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:08:55 +0000 Will Michaels & Frank Stasio 38159 at http://wunc.org Meet Randall Williams NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil http://wunc.org/post/nc-lawmakers-approve-bill-legalize-therapeutic-marijuana-oil <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.</p><p>Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol&nbsp;(CBD),&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.</span></p><p>Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:45 +0000 WUNC News 37997 at http://wunc.org NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus http://wunc.org/post/listen-doctor-tried-save-boy-ebola-virus <p>The World Health Organization has reported the largest outbreak of Ebola ever: more than 330 deaths in western Africa, and the number is rising.&nbsp; Dr. William Fischer is an infectious disease specialist at the UNC School of Medicine. He has just returned from Guinea, the epicenter of the outbreak.&nbsp; Fischer admits he was scared at first. He wore protective clothing and a mask that made him look more like an astronaut than a physician.&nbsp;</p><p>When asked about one of his most memorable experiences, he told this story:</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:32:46 +0000 Phoebe Judge & Eric Mennel 37992 at http://wunc.org Listen: This Doctor Tried To Save A Boy With The Ebola Virus The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break http://wunc.org/post/inter-faith-food-shuttle-seeks-feed-hungry-kids-summer-break <p>The Triangle-based Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is helping feed kids that aren't getting enough to eat this summer.&nbsp;</p><p>Officials with the charity say about 116,000 Triangle students receive free and reduced-price lunch during the school year. They say many low-income families have trouble making up for that nutrition when kids are out of school. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:40:55 +0000 Gurnal Scott 37949 at http://wunc.org The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Seeks To Feed Hungry Kids On Summer Break 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 In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses http://wunc.org/post/case-emergency-dare-county-visitors-told-remember-their-addresses <p></p><p>The Dare County Sheriff's Office is encouraging visitors to the Outer Banks to know exactly where they are in case of an emergency. Cell phones sometimes share inaccurate or incomplete location data with 911 dispatch, so knowing your street address can make it easier for help to find you.</p><p></p><p>Assistant Director Lora Nock said the 911 Center handles twice as many calls in the summer months as it does in the off-season.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:39:57 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37891 at http://wunc.org In Case Of Emergency: Dare County Visitors Told To Remember Their Addresses