Children's Health

8:55 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Mental Health: Holly Hill Hospital's New Children's Campus Is A Step In The Right Direction

NAMI says children with behavioral issues in North Carolina need agencies to work together to provide comprehensive long-term care.
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Holly Hill Hospital is hosting the grand opening of a new children's campus today. The hospital says it's working to meet a growing need for inpatient psychiatric beds that has left many in the community waiting in emergency rooms for behavioral health treatment.

North Carolina's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness supports the creation of the facility. But the group's president, Mike Mayer, says the state has a long way to go.

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3:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Duke Study: New Insight On Orphanages

Children at an orphanage in Vietnam
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Researchers at Duke University suggest getting rid of homes for orphaned children will not lead to better child well-being.

The study followed children in low- to middle-income children from Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, and Tanzania. It looked at many factors in the children's lives including emotional trauma, growth, memory and the health of both the child and caregiver.

Kathryn Whetten is professor of public policy at Duke and directs the school's Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. 

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Child Poverty Rate Rising In North Carolina

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When children are living in poverty, it can have long-term consequences for their health, education and their own economic status. 

But in many cases, their families don’t have access to social services, or know where to get help. 

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The State of Things
1:00 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Children’s Films Send Mixed Messages About Habits

Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, and professor of Pediatrics at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
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Movies like Toy Story 3, Wall-E, and Up, may seem like harmless entertainment. But a new study shows these films may promote unhealthy behavior, especially eating habits, to young people. 

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The State of Things
12:04 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Fatter?

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Obesity is a significant problem for many in the United States. But for some high school football players, weight gain means success.

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The State Of Things
12:57 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

North Carolina Is First State To Cut WIC And TANF During Shutdown

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During the government shutdown, North Carolina became the first state to cut funding for the social welfare programs WIC and TANF. And while Governor Pat McCrory pushed to reopen the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the status of many social services still hung in the balance. Host Frank Stasio talks with, Christina Gibson-Davis, a professor of public policy and sociology at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, about the cuts to social services.

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5:31 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Durham Grocery To Offer Healthy Snacks At Checkout

A supermarket in Durham is going to offer healthy snacks in the check out line.
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Shoppers at a local grocery in Durham will have the option of checking out at an aisle filled with healthy snack choices. So instead of lollipops and candy bars, last minute purchases at Los Primos Market might include apples, raisins or yogurt. Erica Samoff coordinates Partnership for a Healthy Durham, a community coalition that's collaborating with the East Durham Children's Initiative.

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The State of Things
1:14 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

The Intersection of Mental Health And Developmental Disability

Duke University Hospital
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Parents of teenagers with mental illnesses struggle to find appropriate care. When those adolescents also have developmental disabilities, they often end up in a cycle of psychiatric treatment that keeps them in residential facilities far from their homes.

Host Frank Stasio talks with News and Observer reporter Mandy Locke about a story of one family facing these challenges and the state’s resources for treatment.

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4:59 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Report Shows Progress & Room For Improvement In Children's Dental Health

A new report has insights into children's dental health in the state.
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A North Carolina Institute of Medicine task force released a new study on children's dental care in the state.

Berkeley Yorkery, a project manager with the Institute, says compared to other states, North Carolina has made strides in children's dental participation.

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7:42 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Duke Researchers: Wounds From Bullying Stick Around For Years

Duke researchers say bullying can lead to anxiety, depression and thoughts of suicide up to 20 years later.
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A study from Duke University says adults who were bullied as children are much more likely to have anxiety or depression. 

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