Medicine

Science & Technology
12:26 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Measles, Mumps And Polio, Oh My! Anti-Vaxxers Bring Back Diseases, Nothing's Changing Their Minds

Typhoid Vaccination
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In April of last year, a North Carolina resident developed a fever and rash shortly after returning from a trip to India. He had contracted measles abroad, and by the end of May, the North Carolina Division of Public Health identified 22 more cases of measles in the area. Many of those infected, including the initial patient, had not been vaccinated against the disease.

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Science & Technology
5:00 am
Sat March 15, 2014

How Speed Dating And A Nobel Prize Determines the Next Generation Of Doctors

Medical School Residency Match Day
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Next Friday, over 17,000 U.S. medical students will find out exactly what kind of doctor they will become. The process is called ‘the match’, and it works more like high-stakes speed dating than a job application process. 

During the last year of medical school, much like in high school, medical students apply to residency programs across the country. The programs then send invitations to select applicants to interview at their institution.

For some residency fields such as family medicine, students may only have to interview at a handful of institutions because there are more spots than there are U.S. students applying for that field. But for many other fields, such as plastic surgery or ophthalmology, students often interview at 15 or more places in order to have a good chance at matching. The process takes up to 3 months and can cost thousands of dollars. (Students are expected to pay these costs themselves.) 

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Science & Technology
3:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Printing Organs with Stem Cells And Two Other Ways NC Projects Might Save The World

Dr. Anthony Atala
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With the abundance of universities, industry and research companies, it's no surprise that North Carolina is a leader in innovation. Here are three cutting-edge medical and science advancements developed locally that may soon have global effects.

1. Printing Organs with Stem Cells

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Health
8:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

“Playbook” For Local Health Professionals To Lower Health Care Costs

Public heath advocates say doctors should work more closely with health departments to solve systemic health issues in their area and lower medical costs.
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A new online guidebook aims to help connect doctors with public health agencies to fight chronic illnesses like diabetes.  Those illnesses make up 80-percent of health care costs today, compared to only 20-percent in 1900.

Duke's Department of Community and Family Medicine partnered with the de Beaumont Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch "Public Health and Primary Care Together: A Practical Playbook.” It suggests ways primary care and public health providers can better manage chronic disease and combat rising health care costs.

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Wed February 26, 2014

The Aftermath Of Medical Mistakes

A scene from Love Alone with Julia Gibson as Helen Warren and Jenny Wales as Dr. Becca Neal.
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A preview of Deborah Salem Smith's play 'Love Alone'

When Dr. Becca Neal loses a patient after a routine procedure, she grieves much like the patient's family. 

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The State of Things
10:58 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Artistry Shapes Medicine

Medicine's Michelangelo explores the life and work of medical illustrator Frank Netter.
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Host Frank Stasio speaks to Netter’s daughter Francine, who authored 'Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life and Art of Frank H. Netter, MD'

One of the most influential physicians of the 20th century was not a practicing doctor, but an artist.  

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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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State of Things
12:33 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Meet Peter Ubel

Peter Ubel
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Medical decisions are fraught with emotion and often have drastic impacts, yet we leave much of the choice in the hands of the doctors. They have been to medical school, after all. But Dr. Peter Ubel thinks the medical establishment has got it all wrong. Patients need way more participation in their medical decisions, and doctors should not dictate treatments. He explores this issue as well as others in his new book, “Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Decisions Together” (HarperOne/2012).

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State of Things
8:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

A "Kinder, Gentler" Rib Spreader

Rib spreaders allow doctors the ability to get inside the human chest and fix the internal organs. However, these devices, created in the 1930s, can do a great deal of damage to ribs, nerves and ligaments. Hugh Crenshaw and Charles Pell, co-founders of the medical technology company Physcient wanted to change that, so they designed a new kind of rib spreader, one that spares the patient the needless agony caused by old models. Host Frank Stasio talks to Crenshaw and Pell about their medical innovation.

Health
8:07 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Coordinated Care System for Heart Attacks Improves Survival

A years-long project to coordinate heart attack care among North Carolina's hundreds of hospitals and emergency services has shortened response times and reduced the number of deaths.

That's according to a study out this week. One of its authors is Duke cardiologist James Jollis. He says one way the system reduced response times was by creating standard statewide practices for EMS workers.

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