Medicine

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Dietary Supplements And Regulation

They are on store shelves, advertised on television, and in the medicine cabinets of more than 50 percent of Americans. Some make dubious health claims and are largely unregulated by the FDA - tens of thousands of herbal and dietary supplements - from everyday vitamins and herbs to body-building and weight loss pills. A new study indicates that some of these supplements are linked to liver disease, liver failure and even an increased risk of death. They are not approved for safety and effectiveness by the FDA, and in fact, are only removed from the market after there has been a death or other evidence of injury from a product. It's been called the 'Wild West' and some people want that to change. We'll talk about what these supplements are, their potential health consequences and what you need to know to properly evaluate them - with a lead researcher of the study and a representative from the FDA.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Pediatric Cancer Research In Charlotte

Credit Levine Children's Hospital

In recent years, Charlotte's Levine Children's Hospital has embarked on notable research in pediatric cancers and clinical trials and treatment for children with cancer. The hospital is poised to make considerable gains in cancer research in the next few years in spite of the lack of funding that children's cancer research receives compared to adult cancers. Join us to talk about the work being done in cancer research for kids in Charlotte, and about the struggle to fund these important ventures, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Healing Vs. Curing: Anatomy Of Hope

When someone gets sick, doctors are, for the most part, concerned with curing illness or disease. But in recent years, there has been increased attention on treating the "whole" person - body, mind and spirit. Sometimes a "cure" isn't likely, but there is a possibility of "healing" when treating the whole person. We'll be joined by a panel of doctors, a hospice worker and a person of faith to talk about healing versus curing and the importance of each, when Charlotte Talks.

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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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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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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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