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2:00 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Finds Black Teen Birth Rate Declines In Response To Job Loss

A new study finds that black teens have fewer babies in response to job loss.
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While there are many studies that highlight the irrational nature of teenagers’ decisions, a new study conducted by researchers at Duke University has just found evidence of the opposite. The study shows that when a community experiences job loss, fewer African-American teenagers have babies.

Christina Gibson-Davis is an associate professor of public policy, sociology and psychology and neuroscience at Duke and one of three authors of the study.

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Health
9:43 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Study Links Childhood Poverty To Smoking

A Duke University study found a link between poverty and smoking in adolescents.
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Researchers at Duke University have been studying the affect of poverty and parenting on substance abuse in adolescents.  The findings suggest self-control for teens is influenced by economic status earlier in life.  The study shows children growing up in poverty are more likely to smoke as adults. 

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

An Early Return Home From Egypt

Protests taking place in Tahrir Square in 2011
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DukeEngage students join Frank Stasio to talk about their experience in Egypt.

Students involved in Duke University’s summer program in Cairo, Egypt  came home early.  They left as large protests and a changing political climate shook the country.

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Science & Technology
2:32 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Duke Researchers Design Toilet That Turns Waste Into Drinking Water

A self-contained sewage recycling system being designed by Duke and Missouri engineers.
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Two years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a research competition called “Reinvent the Toilet,” challenging researchers to create a sewage disposal system that requires no electricity and could be used in developing countries. Marc Deshusses, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, pitched an idea to the Foundation and won $100,000 to take it further.

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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
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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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Health
4:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Divine Intervention: Helping Clergy Help Themselves

Pastor Charles Lindquist on his StreetStrider.
Credit Duke Clergy Health Initiative

Like their good friends the Baptists, the Methodists love a good covered dish event. Any church gathering can serve as a reason to bring out the cakes, cookies and casseroles, and in rural North Carolina, that puts church leaders, like Pastor Charles Lindquist, in an awkward position.

“People used to say, ‘get up there in the front of the line’ and you had this feeling of 90 pairs of eyes staring at you to see whose food you were going to take,” says Reverend Lindquist. “So you tried to take some of everything.”

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Science & Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Why Baseball Pitchers (And Other Athletes) Are Getting Taller

The falling forward motion the thrower affects the amount of force applied to the ball.
Credit Adrian Bejan

Scientists have known for years that the athletes topping the podium in speed sports, like swimming and running, have grown taller over the past century. Now, new research from Duke University shows that athletes in a range of other sports, including certain team sports, are following a similar trend.

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The State of Things
12:50 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Medical Milestone: Duke Surgeons Implant Bioengineered Vein

Implanting a bioengineered blood vessel into a patient at Duke University Hospital
Credit Shawn Rocco

Doctor Jeffrey Lawson and Doctor Laura Niklason discuss their development of the bioengineered vein

A team of doctors implanted a bioengineered blood vessel into a patient with late stage kidney disease at Duke University Hospital in June.   

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Tom Rankin Steps Down After 15 Years Leading CDS

Tom Rankin served as director of Duke's Center for Documentary Studies for 15 years.
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The former director of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, Tom Rankin, stepped down after 15 years at the helm.

The Center has a mission of being at the crossroads of documentary work and academia. CDS started the Full Frame Festival — though it was called Double Take at the time. 

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Science & Technology
8:42 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Duke Study: Brain Connects Emotions To Monetary Value

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Researchers at Duke University say the same area of your brain that puts a dollar value on an item also places an emotional value on that item. 

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