New Bern, NC – Americans are among the most overweight people in the nation. Many people who reach dangerous levels of obesity turn to weight loss surgeries, such as gastric bypass. Pitt County Memorial Hospital and The Brody School of Medicine is now offering an alternative to gastric bypass surgery laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, or LAP-BAND surgery. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Dr. William Chapman, chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at PCMH.
New Bern, NC – Many of us have already finalized our list of New Year's resolutions Public Radio East Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn has as well. However, her list isn't typical. It involves a little home improvement of the rodent kind.
New Bern, NC – The holiday season is here and although some people seem to have no problem dealing with the stresses that come along with this time of year, regular Commentator Marion Blackburn finds herself on the other end of the spectrum.
New Bern, NC – Luigi Cherubini's Requiem in C Minor is a seldom played piece of music. However, Conductor Martin Pearlman and Boston Baroque have taken up the task, and Public Radio East Music Director Sefton Wiggs is pleased with the outcome.
New Bern, NC – At one time or another we've all heeded the old advice to avoid discussing politics or religion in mixed company. However, regular commentator Marion Blackburn has one more topic to add to that list.
New Bern, NC – Wayne County recently experienced gang related violence in the form of a drive by shooting. In an effort to combat the emerging gang presence, the Wayne County Sheriff's office has formed a gang task force, which will focus on gang suppression and providing awareness to schools and the community. Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy Matt Miller is a member of the gang task force. Megen George recently spoke with Miller and has this
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The state's ferry system takes you where the road doesn't go to Ocracoke Island, perhaps, or from there to Cape Hatteras. The state ferry system is also the primary vehicle to provide scientists with information about the same waters the ferries ply. George Olsen has more.
After a series of hurricanes in 1999 and 2000, information about their effects on coastal waters was in demand and scarce.
New Bern, NC – This is The Down East Journal. Coming up this week's show... New exhibits and renovations at the Cape Lookout Light House highlight the heritage of Cape Lookout National Seashore and Portsmouth Island.
New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show... At one time, the AIDS virus was considered a disease of epidemic proportions, now 20 years later the virus has become manageable, however, North Carolina is seeing an increase in diagnoses. And we'll find out what else is giong on in the area during our weekly arts calendar.
New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show... A recent study from UNC-Chapel Hill looks at the low rates of flu immunization in the U-S and what can be done. We'll talk with the founders of an Eastern North Carolina Organization that raises awareness about Parkinson's Disease, and we'll find out what's going on in the area during our weekly arts calendar.
New Bern, NC – On this week's show we discuss the Housing Bubble. Is it affecting ENC? Regular Commentator Marion Blackburn weighs in on Christmas Gift Giving, and we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar.
New Bern, NC – Coming up on this week's show.... 2006 brought several stories of towns and communities in ENC who are walking the fine line between maintaining their heritage while capitalizing on the economic benefits of commercial and residential development. It's likely that 2007 will be no different. And we'll find out what's going on in ENC during our Weekly Arts Calendar.
Morehead City, NC – Parkinson disease is a brain disorder currently affecting 1.5 million Americans. Andy Anderson is a Carteret County author and artist and living with Parkinson's disease. Anderson is also the Executive Director of Potters for Parkinsons, which raises awareness for those living with the disease. Public Radio East Free-lance reporter Patricia Raskin speaks with Andy Anderson and his wife Marlene to discuss why founded the group.
New Bern, NC – INTRO - The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 36,000 Americans die each year from flu-related symptoms. It's a number which undoubtedly would come down with better targeting of flu vaccine to at-risk groups. But a UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health study indicates the first hurdle in achieving that is alerting those at high-risk that they are in fact at high-risk. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – Over 20 years ago, the AIDS virus was first discovered in the United States. Since then, AIDS diagnoses have gone from epidemic proportions, to being considered a manageable disease. However, that doesn't mean the virus isn't dangerous. Although the overall amount of diagnoses per year has leveled off the AIDS virus is increasing among minority populations both in urban areas and right here in Eastern North Carolina. Megen George reports