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5:49 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

North Carolina Publishes Hospital-Acquired Infection Rates For First Time

The Centers for Disease Control estimates one out of every twenty patients winds up with an infection when they get treated in a hospital.  Those infections can be serious and even fatal.  For the first time, North Carolina has published hospital-acquired infection rates for most of the acute-care hospitals in the state.

The idea behind publishing these rates is that infections are preventable.  A patient shouldn’t get an infection from undergoing surgery or having an IV treatment, if the proper precautions are taken.    

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Health
9:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Epidemiologist Explains Response To Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

The total case count of infections and number of deaths from the steroid injection that originated in a Farmington, Mass. pharmacy. North Carolina currently has 17 cases and one death.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services waited five days before it notified the public about the threat of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in the fall. Records obtained by the Associated Press provide a glimpse of how state officials deal with emerging health crises.

WFAE's Tasnim Shamma talks to the state's epidemiologist for this follow-up report.  

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Local News
11:36 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Charlotte Doctor Involved In Groundbreaking Hepatitis C Study

A doctor at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte was involved in a groundbreaking study on treating African-Americans who have Hepatitis C.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The History Of Emergency Medicine

We all have a story about a trip to the Emergency Room or know someone who does, but how much do we really know about emergency medicine? There is a history behind the creation and evolution of emergency medicine and the doctors, nurses and staff who run emergency rooms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every day of the year. An important figure in Emergency Medicine lived and worked in Charlotte and he passed away this summer. A documentary to honor his legacy and that of all of the founders of emergency medicine, is underway and we'll talk to several guests who not only practice emergency medicine but honor it's history. Tune in stat, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
10:36 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Decision Looming For NC On Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina leaders are still deciding whether they'll expand Medicaid to cover almost 680,000 more uninsured adults. The expansion became an optional part of President Obama's health care law because of a Supreme Court ruling.

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act is to give every American access to health insurance. For low-income people, the Medicaid expansion is a huge part of that.

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Local News
5:20 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

N.C. Health Officials Warn Everyone Exposed To Meningitis Outbreak

While only two cases of meningitis in North Carolina have been tied to the national outbreak, local health officials are taking extra precautions. They’ve even made house calls to track down everyone who might be infected, so basically anyone in North Carolina who could be part of the outbreak should already know it.

"All 93 of the patients from the clinic in High Point and the clinic in Wilson have been contacted," said Julie Henry, spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services.

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Local News
11:14 pm
Sun September 30, 2012

Medicare Begins Penalizing Hospitals For Readmissions

Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals Monday that have too many repeat patients who check back in due to complications. The penalties will come out of Medicare’s payments to the hospitals, and they're part of President Obama's health care law. 

Nearly one out of every five Medicare patients who walks into a hospital today will be back in the hospital within a month. That’s according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and improving that ratio is what the penalties are all about.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

West Nile Virus In Our Region

A mosquito, the tiny, unassuming carrier of West Nile Virus.

For most of us in the region, West Nile Virus seems like a problem for folks far away, maybe even in foreign lands, but it'’s not only here, it has a face and a name familiar to area newspaper readers. Longtime Charlotte Observer writer, Elizabeth Leland, was recently diagnosed with the virus and Observer health writer Karen Garloch chronicled her experience. We'’ll visit with Garloch, Mecklenburg County Health Director, Dr. Steve Keener and hopefully hear from Ms. Leland herself. Is West Nile Virus ready to strike our region? Find out when Charlotte Talks.

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Flu Shot Update
12:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2005

Flu Shot Update

(11/08/05) If you've been looking for a flu shot but haven't been able to find one you're not alone. Many drugstores and supermarkets have had to cancel or postpone their flu shot clinics because their shipments of vaccines never arrived. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke with Dr. Stephen Keener with the Mecklenburg County Health Department and asked him to explain the shortages.

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