Medicine http://wunc.org en Measles, Mumps And Polio, Oh My! Anti-Vaxxers Bring Back Diseases, Nothing's Changing Their Minds http://wunc.org/post/measles-mumps-and-polio-oh-my-anti-vaxxers-bring-back-diseases-nothings-changing-their-minds <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In April of last year, a North Carolina resident developed a fever and rash shortly after returning from a trip to India. He</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;had contracted measles abroad, and by the end of May, the North Carolina Division of Public Health identified 22 more cases of measles in the area. Many of those infected, including the initial patient, had not been vaccinated against the disease.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:26:49 +0000 Nancy Wang 32338 at http://wunc.org Measles, Mumps And Polio, Oh My! Anti-Vaxxers Bring Back Diseases, Nothing's Changing Their Minds How Speed Dating And A Nobel Prize Determines the Next Generation Of Doctors http://wunc.org/post/how-speed-dating-and-nobel-prize-determines-next-generation-doctors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Next Friday, over 17,000 U.S. medical students will find out exactly what kind of doctor they will become. The process is called ‘the match’, and it works more like high-stakes speed dating than a job application process.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the last year of medical school, much like in high school, medical students apply to residency programs across the country. The programs then send invitations to select applicants to interview at their institution.</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For some residency fields such as family medicine, students may only have to interview at a handful of institutions because there are more spots than there are U.S. students applying for that field. But for many other fields, such as plastic surgery or ophthalmology, students often interview at 15 or more places in order to have a good chance at matching. The process takes up to 3 months and can cost thousands of dollars. (Students are expected to pay these costs themselves.)</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Nancy Wang 32080 at http://wunc.org How Speed Dating And A Nobel Prize Determines the Next Generation Of Doctors Printing Organs with Stem Cells And Two Other Ways NC Projects Might Save The World http://wunc.org/post/printing-organs-stem-cells-and-two-other-ways-nc-projects-might-save-world <p>With the abundance of universities, industry and research companies, it's no surprise that North Carolina is a leader in innovation. Here are three cutting-edge medical and science advancements developed locally that may soon have global effects<strong>.</strong></p><p><strong>1. Printing Organs with Stem Cells</strong></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:27:04 +0000 Nancy Wang 31956 at http://wunc.org Printing Organs with Stem Cells And Two Other Ways NC Projects Might Save The World “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 The Aftermath Of Medical Mistakes http://wunc.org/post/aftermath-medical-mistakes <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">When Dr. Becca Neal loses a patient after a routine procedure,&nbsp;she grieves much like the&nbsp;patient's family.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:17:52 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31190 at http://wunc.org The Aftermath Of Medical Mistakes Artistry Shapes Medicine http://wunc.org/post/artistry-shapes-medicine <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the most influential physicians of the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">20</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century was not a practicing doctor, but an artist.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:58:30 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 27135 at http://wunc.org Artistry Shapes Medicine Medical Milestone: Duke Surgeons Implant Bioengineered Vein http://wunc.org/post/medical-milestone-duke-surgeons-implant-bioengineered-vein <p></p><p><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">A team of doctors implanted a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">bioengineered</span><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">&nbsp;blood vessel into a patient with late stage kidney disease at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.dukehealth.org/" style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">Duke University Hospital&nbsp;</a><span style="font-size: small; line-height: 19px;">in June.&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:50:08 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 18693 at http://wunc.org Medical Milestone: Duke Surgeons Implant Bioengineered Vein Meet Peter Ubel http://wunc.org/post/meet-peter-ubel <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228); display: inline !important; float: none;">Medical decisions are fraught with emotion and often have drastic impacts, yet we leave much of the choice in the hands of the doctors. They have been to medical school, after all. But<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://peterubel.com/" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204); text-decoration: underline; border-bottom-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">Dr. Peter Ubel</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228); display: inline !important; float: none;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>thinks the medical establishment has got it all wrong. Patients need way more participation in their medical decisions, and doctors should not dictate treatments. He explores this issue as well as others in his new book,<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><a href="http://peterubel.com/books/critical-decisions/" style="color: rgb(0, 102, 204); text-decoration: underline; border-bottom-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">“Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Decisions Together”<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 15px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228); display: inline !important; float: none;">(HarperOne/2012). </span> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Frank Stasio 5471 at http://wunc.org Meet Peter Ubel A "Kinder, Gentler" Rib Spreader http://wunc.org/post/kinder-gentler-rib-spreader <p>Rib spreaders allow doctors the ability to get inside the human chest and fix the internal organs. However, these devices, created in the 1930s, can do a great deal of damage to ribs, nerves and ligaments. Hugh Crenshaw and Charles Pell, co-founders of the medical technology company Physcient wanted to change that, so they designed a new kind of rib spreader, one that spares the patient the needless agony caused by old models. Host Frank Stasio talks to Crenshaw and Pell about their medical innovation.<br> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 4186 at http://wunc.org Coordinated Care System for Heart Attacks Improves Survival http://wunc.org/post/coordinated-care-system-heart-attacks-improves-survival <p>A years-long project to coordinate heart attack care among North Carolina's hundreds of hospitals and emergency services has shortened response times and reduced the number of deaths.<br><br>That's according to a <a href="http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2012/05/31/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.068049.full.pdf+html">study</a> out this week. One of its authors is Duke cardiologist <a href="http://www.dukehealth.org/physicians/james_g_jollis">James Jollis</a>. He says one way the system reduced response times was by creating standard statewide practices for EMS workers.<br> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:07:00 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson 2344 at http://wunc.org