Health Care

The State of Things
12:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Connecting Durham's Homeless to Health Care

Jen Robinson in studio for her Meet.


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Health
12:36 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

North Carolina Doctors’ Rap About Urgent Care A Hit

Doctor Linwood Watson of Rex Express Care of Knightdale is one of the video participants.
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Several area doctors star in a new video that is getting some buzz online. The video aims to answer the question of when it's appropriate to go to urgent care, and when one should head to the emergency room:

The video features doctors from Rex Express Care in Knightdale, Holly Springs, Wakefield and Cary.

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Health
5:44 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

NC Health Officials And Advisory Board Release Plan To Fight Cancer

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State health officials and an advisory board have released a six-year plan to help fight cancer in North Carolina. The plan identifies six specific cancers that are prevalent in the state and recommends specific strategies to fight them.

Dr. Ruth Petersen is with the Department of Health and Human Services. She notes lung cancer is one of the diseases identified in the report. Petersen says causes include exposure to smoke, secondhand smoke, or radon gas.

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Health
6:34 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Study: Pharmacists Could Play An Integral Role In Patient Care

Community Care of North Carolina is working with the UNC Pharmacy School and GSK employees to develop a system to improve and streamline outpatient care.
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Health care organizations in North Carolina are expanding an initiative to see how doctors and pharmacists cooperate to streamline patient care.

Community Care of North Carolina has already set up a program in which 3,000 GlaxoSmithKline employees see doctors who coordinate all their treatment.

But CCNC President Doctor Allen Dobson says that primary care physicians don't always know all the medications a patient is taking, especially if they're seeing other specialists for multiple conditions.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Fourth Circuit Will Hear North Carolina Abortion Law

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The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear oral arguments tomorrow over a North Carolina law that would require abortion providers to show patients an ultrasound and describe the image in detail.

The Republican-led state legislature passed the law back in 2011. It would require abortion providers to show their patients images of an embryo or fetus and describe them.

Six organizations quickly challenged the law, and U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles temporarily blocked the ultrasound requirement.

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Health
12:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The State Of Things Issues Table: Healthcare

Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis shake hands after the debate at UNC-TV Wednesday night.
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  Healthcare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continue to be a topic of discussion on the North Carolina campaign trails. 

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Health
8:49 am
Wed October 1, 2014

North Carolina's Infant Mortality Rates Reach Record Lows

North Carolina Infant Mortality Rates 2009-2013
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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that infant mortality is at its lowest level in state history.

For the past two years, infant mortality rates had risen -- going from 7.0 per 1000 live births in 2010 to 7.4 in 2012. But last year, the numbers shot back down, returning to 2010 levels, the lowest in history.

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Health
9:34 am
Wed September 10, 2014

With Open Enrollment Around The Corner, 3 Insurance Navigator Groups Receive Funding

Three organizations have received federal funding to help North Carolinians enroll in health insurance this year.
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The three-month open-enrollment period for federally subsidized health care starts in November. This year, federal funding to help people enroll in subsidized health insurance has dropped.

Sorien Schmidt works with the North Carolina chapter of Enroll America to connect people with navigator organizations. She says enrollment was a success last year, but there are still one million uninsured North Carolinians and others will need help to re-enroll.

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Health
7:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

Women are more likely to take time off to care for a sick child or elderly adult, making mandatory paid sick leave a hot partisan topic.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:23 pm

Got the flu? Or a new baby? Perhaps a little one with chicken pox? In most countries, your employer must pay your wages if you stay home sick or to care for others. Not in America.

But a growing grass-roots movement aims to change that — starting with paid sick leave.

Already the movement has met some success. This past weekend, California became the second state in the country to mandate sick leave for employees.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Possible Outcomes Of North Carolina Turning Down Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina will be missing out on $51 billion from Mediciad because they chose not to expand coverage.
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Lawmakers in North Carolina decided to not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. 

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