Health

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Joe And Terry Graedon 'Tapping Grandma's Wisdom'

Longtime public radio hosts Joe and Terry Graedon of the People's Pharmacy join us today. They've been on a mission for more than 30 years to educate listeners about their health. The Graedon's are in Charlotte this week for several events where they'll speak about "Tapping Grandma's Wisdom"- home remedies and healthy living. Joe and Terry Graedon join us to discuss health, home remedies and take your health questions, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Medicaid Reform In North Carolina

About 1.5 million North Carolinians rely on Medicaid for health care. It's a massive program that costs the state about $36 million a day. And it may be about to change dramatically. Governor Pat McCrory is pushing for an overhaul that some say would privatize the program. We'll examine what's working in the current model – what's not – and what the overhaul would mean for North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Healthcare Justice

We are now nearly half way through a pivotal year for the implementation of important aspects of the Affordable Care act. Many doctors, administrators and patients are being affected by these changes and the results are somewhat mixed. Two people in the trenches of healthcare weigh in on the current state of the ACA in our state and the nation. One is an economist and the other a practicing physician and both say that health care "justice" is still far from reality. We'll look at the concept of "healthcare justice," what it means and whether it's possible.

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Local News
12:21 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Intensive Care Specialists 'See The Patient' From A High-Tech Desk

Chelsea Cardona demonstrates how to use one of the workstations at the virtual ICU in Mint Hill.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Starting this week, patients in critical condition at three Charlotte hospitals will have an extra set of eyes watching over them. That's because Carolinas HealthCare System is rolling out a sort of virtual command center in Mint Hill. From there, intensive care specialists will monitor patients.


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Local News
9:32 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Charlotte Hospital Pioneers New Kind Of Heart Surgery

A hospital patient in Charlotte is going home Tuesday after doctors successfully treated her with a new kind of heart surgery. Doctors at Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute became the first in the world to try it are among the first to try it.


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Local News
11:46 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Charlotte Medical Team Uses 'Ick' Factor To Cure Stubborn GI Infection

Dr. Barry Schneider, a gastroenterologist at Carolinas Medical Center-University, got approval from a hospital committee before performing Charlotte's first fecal transplant lat summer. "It's basically like a huge dose of probiotics."
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

  Pam Kee calls herself a “mixologist.”

But the concoction in her blender comes together at a hospital.

Kee is a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-University, where she assists Dr. Barry Schneider with an unusual therapy that can cure a potentially deadly gastrointestinal infection.

The treatment is called a fecal transplant – and it’s just what the name implies.

Feces from a healthy donor is transferred into a sick patient to create a new, infection-free environment in the gut.

It may sound disgusting, but it works.

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Local News
9:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

N.C. Medicaid Director: Overhaul 'Is Not A Budget Exercise'

Carol Steckel
Credit NC DHHS

Governor Pat McCrory outlined a plan to significantly change North Carolina's Medicaid program last week. A key person responsible for filling in the details is Carol Steckel. She's the director of the state's Medicaid program, and she spoke to WFAE's Michael Tomsic about the reasons for the overhaul and how it's designed to work.


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Local News
3:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Gov. McCrory Announces Big Changes For N.C Medicaid

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory plans to make major changes to the state's Medicaid system. About 1.8 1.5 million North Carolinians who are low-income, young, elderly or disabled rely on Medicaid for health coverage.

McCrory said the current system is broken and inefficient.  He pointed to an audit that showed the state has been horrible at managing the cost of the program. He said the state hasn't been much better at managing the care people get, either.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria And Hospitals

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control warned us about the spread of a deadly, antibiotic-resistant "nightmare bacteria." The strain called CRE has been on the rise for the past decade - tracked in at least 42 states, including North Carolina - and the CDC is urging hospitals to act now. In Charlotte, CRE has infected 18 patients since 2012; seven of them died. The threat has been compared to that of MRSA, a staph infection that has also shown resistance to antibiotics and is now considered a common hospital germ. We'll learn more about these rare but dangerous drug-resistant bacteria - what they are, how they spread, what makes them so strong and how our environment and use of antibiotics might be making them worse. We'll also talk with people on the front lines, dealing with these bacteria in hospitals about what they're doing to try and control them and what patients should know. The rise of superbugs and what to do about them, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Whole Health

Not everything can be cured with a pill. At least, that’s what we've been finding out in recent years. A new movement has started: the whole health movement. This wave of education and awareness brings with it the encouragement of individuals taking more control of their own health. And how do they do this? Through a plethora of activities and choices like eating less meat, practicing yoga, drinking tea and integrating more preventative measures into their daily routines. Some call this alternative or integrative medicine, but what is integrative medicine? Where did it begin? A conversation about health and integrative medicine, when Charlotte Talks.

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