Health

The Salt
3:27 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

A nutrient-dense diet may help tamp down stress. And these foods may help boost our moods (clockwise from left): pumpkin seeds, sardines, eggs, salmon, flax seeds, Swiss chard and dark chocolate.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 12:22 pm

Eat more when you're stressed? You're not alone. More than a third of the participants in a national survey conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health said they change their diets during stressful times.

And many of us are quick to turn to either sugary foods or highly refined carbohydrates such as bagels or white pasta when the stress hits.

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Health
4:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

NC Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Therapeutic Marijuana Oil

Credit Duke Medicine

  State lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow the use of a marijuana oil to help treat childhood seizures.

Researchers say the hemp oil extract, known as cannabidiol (CBD), is not psychoactive and would be used to treat only debilitating seizure disorders.

Several lawmakers, like Gladys Robinson (D-Guilford), showed their support for the bill by relating their experiences of having family members with epilepsy.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

WakeMed's New CEO Talks Health

WakeMed CEO Donald Gintzig
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WakeMed Health and Hospitals' Donald Gintzig

After a controversial year, WakeMed Health and Hospitals' Donald Gintzig became permanent CEO last month. Gintzig is a retired Rear Admiral in the United States Navy with experience leading non-profit, faith-based and private health systems. 

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The State of Things
12:36 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Local Health Industry Changes

Assorted pharmaceuticals
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Business Journal reporter Jason deBruyn talks about North Carolina parmaceutical companies

    

A recent deal between the biopharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis may mean more jobs and more attention for the Research Triangle. Plus, the $1.1 billion sale of Furiex pharmaceuticals increases possibilities for investment in the area. Meanwhile, Mooresville's Vestiq Holdings, a much smaller pharmaceutical company, is filing for bankruptcy. 

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Business & Economy
11:07 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Solar Suitcase: Sharing Big Ideas At SwitchPoint

SwitchPoint 2013
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There's a fascinating conference happening Thursday and Friday at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw. It's called SwitchPoint. This is the conference for you if you're interested in things like using technology for good, social entrepreneurship and creativity/design.

The attendees are the kind of people who are doing the most interesting things in our society: printing 3-D organs, crowdsourcing crisis response via text, building medical devices out of broken toys.

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Health
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Why UNC Healthcare Is Cutting Back On Patients Temporarily

Credit Dave DeWitt

UNC Healthcare has cut back the number of patients it's seeing at several of its facilities over the past two weeks. The hospital system is in the process of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system, and the cutbacks are part of anticipated roll-out period procedure.

The system, known as EPIC, is the same records software being implemented at Duke and Novant health systems. EPIC will allow patients to more seamlessly transition between the state's hospitals.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Mon February 24, 2014

North Carolina Native Retires From New York City Ballet

Dancing Through It My Journey In The Ballet
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Jenifer Ringer, former New York City Ballet principal dancer, talks about life and her new book, 'Dancing Through It'

    

In 2010, Jenifer Ringer starred as the sugar plum fairy in the New York City Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. And when a New York Times dance critic insinuated in a review of the performance that Jenifer was overweight, she responded.  Her recent book Dancing Through It: My Journey in The Ballet talks about how she overcame that criticism and her struggle with health and weight (Penguin/2014). 

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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
Credit http://news.unchealthcare.org/ / UNC Healthcare and school of medicine

Children’s Films Send Mixed Messages About Habits

    

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
11:47 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Is Facebook Good For Your Health?

Brian Southwell's new book studies the effectiveness of social networking in spreading health news.
Credit John Hopkins Press

Host Frank Stasio speaks to research scientist Brian Southwell about the use of social media in public health

Scientists and public health officials are increasingly turning to social media and peer-to-peer networks to educate the public.  

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Wed October 2, 2013

New Discoveries In Chronic Pain Research

More Americans suffer from chronic pain than from heart disease
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Warning: This segment contains a story about sexual violence.

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