New Bern, NC – Advanced math and foreign language classes will soon be requirements for students attending North Carolina High Schools. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Rebecca Garland, the Executive Director of the State Board of Education.
New Bern – INTRO - The state Department of Health and Human Services predicts an influenza pandemic could affect nearly 3-million state residents and a severe outbreak could result in 65,000 deaths. When that pandemic could strike the state is a mystery, so preparations for the event are underway. George Olsen has more.
New Bern, NC – The placement of a Naval Outlying Landing Field in Eastern North Carolina is one of the most contentious issues facing the area in years. Despite heated opposition by area residents and environmental groups, the Navy maintains a site in Beaufort and Washington Counties located 5 miles from a wildlife refuge is the preferred site for the OLF, and plans to present this finding in a series of six public hearings. Megen George has the report for Public Radio East...
New Bern, NC – Although weather in North Carolina is slowly moving into the milder temperatures we're accustomed to, Public Radio East regular commentator Marion Blackburn found herself contemplating Eastern North Carolina's interest and awe at that rare form of precipitation snow.
New Bern, NC – Recent statistics show that heart disease is the number one killer of women over age 25. One in 2-point-6 women will die of cardiovascular disease compared with one in 30 from breast cancer. However only 13 percent of women view cardiovascular disease as a threat. Public Radio East's Megen George recently spoke with Valerie Gatlin, a nurse manager at Pitt County Memorial Hospital with 18 years of experience in cardiac surgery.
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 – 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.
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
Gloucester, NC – It's challenging enough to serve in the military and face deployment, but what about a second or third deployment? How do our military personnel, many under the age of 21, shoulder the stress and responsibility? PRE's Barbara Blake talks to two marines from Camp Lejeune on the eve of their second deployment.
Morehead City, NC – The Holiday Season is a time of joy and thanks yet for many, it's also one of the most stressful times of the year. Patricia Raskin Freelance reporter for Public Radio East, sat down with Doctor Bill Rawls MD, of Sound Side Health care in Morehead City, Specializing in Gynecology Primary care and Integrated medicine. They discussed ways to handle Holiday stress, and how to eat well during holiday festivities.
New Bern, NC – Unfortunately, the exploitation of children happens in a number of ways. However, the advent of social networking sites like myspace, facebook, xanga, and friendster have aided child predators by leaps and bounds. Although these sites are a great way to meet new people and reunite friends, State Attorney General Roy Cooper says they're also providing online predators with even more opportunities to lure unsuspecting children.
New Bern, NC – The nursing shortage is a term that's been circulating around Eastern North Carolina for a few years now. More and more of the area's community colleges are touting their nursing programs, and hospitals are encouraging high school grads to pursue a career in what seems to be a field desperate for workers. But, what are the causes of this shortage and just how is it affecting hospitals, doctors' offices and other businesses that require the help of nurses? Megen George has this report.