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5:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Study: Doctors Aren't Talking About Sex With Teenage Patients

A study released Monday by Duke Medicine researchers shows that less than two thirds of doctors talk about sex and sexuality with their teenage patients during checkups.
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Doctors too often miss the opportunity to talk with their teenage patients about sex during annual visits, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.

A study released this week in JAMA Pediatrics shows that less than two thirds of doctors and teenage patients talk about sex and sexuality during checkups, with most conversations lasting an average of 36 seconds.  

Cleveland Shields, a researcher on the study, says the findings show that doctors need to approach the topic more often and for longer periods of time to better address the sexual health needs of teenagers.

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Science & Technology
6:00 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Duke Study: CPR Training Minimal In Places That Need It Most

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Researchers at Duke University say areas with the most cardiovascular health issues are least likely to have bystanders who can perform CPR. 

A study released last week says rural and poor communities have a significantly lower number of people who have CPR training.  The report says that rate is particularly low in Southern states. 

The study's lead author Monique Anderson says communities that promote a simpler way of conducting CPR are training more people.

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Health
6:32 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Duke Doctors Discover Possible HIV Deterrent In Breast Milk

A microscopic image of HIV.
Credit Duke University

Duke researchers say a protein in breast milk may be a key in preventing babies from contracting HIV from their infected mothers. 

The protein Tenascin-C is produced by the body to aid in helping wounds heal.  Doctors found after isolating the breast milk component that it neutralizes HIV transfer even as breast-fed babies are exposed multiple times daily.  

Sallie Permar is a professor of pediatrics at Duke.  She says their questions now center on moms with HIV.

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Science & Technology
10:13 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Duke To Offer 'Bionic Eye' For Blind Patients

Argus II bionic eye glasses
Credit Second Sight

Duke University Hospital has become one of only 13 sites in the nation selected to offer bionic eyes for severely blind patients.

A company called Second Sight developed the device, and they chose Duke after a lengthy selection process. The device was approved by the FDA in February.

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The State of Things
11:55 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Childhood Trauma Strongest Precursor To HIV In South

You're The First One I've Told: The Faces of HIV in the Deep South

Kate Whetten, Professor of Public Policy, discusses the rise of HIV cases in the south

For more than a decade, the number of people in our nation who've newly contracted HIV has gone down two percent. But the South doesn't share in that small victory. During the same period of time, the number of people contracting the virus in the South has risen 36 percent.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Duke Researcher One Of The Most Influential People In America

Kimberly Blackwell
Credit medicaloncology.medicine.duke.edu / Duke Medical Oncology

Duke oncologist Kimberly Blackwell talks about her career that landed her on Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people this year

Time Magazine comes out with a list of the 100 most influential people each year. Names like Justin Timberlake and Barack Obama made the grade in 2013. But also on the list was Duke oncologist Dr. Kimberly Blackwell.  She was celebrated for her achievements improving chemotherapy treatments for a certain kind of breast cancer.

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Health
8:50 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Initiative To Improve Durham Kids' Mental Health Care

Duke Medicine is leading a collaboration with the Durham public schools and local agencies to develop better-integrated mental health care for children. Helen Egger is a child psychiatrist at Duke and leads the initiative. She says too often kids with psychiatric disorders are shuffled between schools, hospitals, and law enforcement- each addressing the problems on their own terms. Egger wants to develop school-based models that can fill in the gaps between services.

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State of Things
11:38 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Meet Adam Perlman

www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org

Duke Integrative Medicine provides holistic health care based on the best practices of traditional Western medicine as well as fundamental aspects of health like nutrition, exercise, spiritual practice, personal and professional development and environmental safety.

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Health
10:00 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Duke Cancer Center Opens

Cancer patients across the state have a new place to go for treatment. After a week of dedications and tours, the Duke Cancer Center opens to patients Monday. Doctor Michael Kastan is the Executive Director of the Duke Cancer Institute. He says the state-of-the-art seven story building unites a large number of specialists under one roof.

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Health
5:45 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Medicare Releases Rates For Hospital Acquired Complications

New data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services shows some higher complication rates than average at several area hospitals.

The new online data base at the Medicare website shows rates for eight so-called 'never' events.  Those are complications Medicare officials believe should never happen in hospitals. Those incidents include patients developing bedsores, or doctors leaving objects inside their surgical patients. Medicare has stopped reimbursing hospitals for many of these hospital acquired complications. 

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