Disease http://wunc.org en 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 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 “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 Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella? http://wunc.org/post/could-nc-tomatoes-provide-key-stopping-salmonella <p>Researchers at North Carolina State University are searching for <em>Salmonella</em> in North Carolina's tomato crops.&nbsp; The bacteria causes salmonellosis, a disease that can range from uncomfortable to deadly, and tomatoes in Florida and Virginia have been the sources of outbreaks. Despite North Carolina's close proximity and similar climate, local tomatoes have been safe from the pathogen. A team of scientists from N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is investigating why.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Avery Kleinman 20683 at http://wunc.org Could N.C. Tomatoes Provide The Key To Stopping Salmonella? What Happened To The Disease That Caused The Irish Potato Famine? http://wunc.org/post/what-happened-disease-caused-irish-potato-famine <p>New research reveals the disease that wiped out millions of potatoes and led to widespread famine in Ireland is still around, and it’s more virulent than ever. <a href="http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/130718/ncomms3172/full/ncomms3172.html">&nbsp;A new study </a>led by NC State University plant pathologist Jean Ristaino investigates the history of the fungus-like organism that caused the Irish potato famine and how its genome has evolved since it first showed up in Ireland in the 1800’s.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:26:53 +0000 Laura Candler 19254 at http://wunc.org What Happened To The Disease That Caused The Irish Potato Famine? Fatal Swine Disease Could Strike NC Hog Industry http://wunc.org/post/fatal-swine-disease-could-strike-nc-hog-industry <p>A fatal swine disease is striking the nation's hog industry. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or PED is usually deadly for baby pigs. Its symptoms resemble dysentery, and it's spread through bodily secretions. Tom Ray, director of Livestock Health Programs for the state department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says so far, there have been only four confirmed cases in North Carolina. He expects the impact for farmers and the state's economy to be significant. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:59:21 +0000 Catherine Brand 19070 at http://wunc.org Fatal Swine Disease Could Strike NC Hog Industry The 700-Doll Question http://wunc.org/post/700-doll-question <p>When writer <a href="http://jomaeder.com/">Jo Maeder </a>inherited her mother's collection of 700 dolls, she thought she'd quickly be rid of them. Instead, she became attached, and found herself drawn into the world of doll collectors. Jo Maeder has <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/booming/the-700-doll-question.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">written about this experience in the New York Times</a>. &nbsp;Her latest book is <a href="http://jomaeder.com/read/opposites-attack/">Opposites Attack</a>. Host Frank Stasio talks with her...and meets some of the dolls. &nbsp;</p><p>For more information on Jo's doll obsession, you can visit the <a href="http://MamaJosHouseOfDolls.RubyLane.com">official site</a> or the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MamaJosHouseOfDolls">Facebook page</a> for Mama Jo's House of Dolls.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:10:35 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 16690 at http://wunc.org The 700-Doll Question 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