Health

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Living The Paleo Lifestyle (Rebroadcast)

Eat like a caveman. That's what some doctors are recommending. Stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Cut out refined grains and sugar. Dr. Philip Goscienski is one of them, the "Stone Age Doc" says our cavemen ancestors had the right idea and if we followed the simple ways they lived by, we'd live healthier, longer lives. We'll talk with him about that and meet the founder of a local company who's helping people do just that. Is "paleo" an effective movement towards a healthier life or the oldest fad diet of all time? And in a fast-food, pre-packaged world, can we really cut out sugar and grains? We go back to the cave, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Mecklenburg County Hopes Public 'Sees No Changes' In Public Health Changeover

About 200 public health workers attend an orientation for the county's public health department.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Starting next week, Mecklenburg County’s public health department will once again be run by the county. Carolinas HealthCare System has staffed and operated that department for about 18 years. It provides a wide variety of services, including flu shots, cancer screenings and health care in CMS schools.


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Local News
3:58 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

N.C. Insurance Companies Pay $10 Million In Rebates

Almost 200,000 North Carolinians will get reimbursed a tiny portion of what they paid in health insurance premiums last year. Insurance companies will pay back an average of $87 per family because of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.


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Local News
8:23 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

County Budget Will Likely Include More School Nurses

Advocates for school nurse funding held up signs at a meeting of the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners.
Credit JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County Commissioners are scheduled to pass a new budget Tuesday. A group of parents has spent the past year pushing for one line in that budget to increase – funding for school nurses.


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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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