Parkinson's disease is a challenge for medical specialists and it can be frightening for the Parkinson's patient. But a device called the Speech Easy, developed at East Carolina University, is making it easier for them to communicate more clearly. The device uses an auditory delay and a change in pitch that has been shown to increase the intelligibility of speech for people who stutter. But the technology has also shown benefits for people with Parkinson's disease. Mac McKee has more.
On April 5th, the Beneath The Waves Film Festival takes place at the coast. The festival includes a variety of films highlighting coastal issues, a panel discussion with local scientists, and booths showcasing marine science that happens in Carteret County.
A study conducted at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine looking for both a treatment and a confirmatory blood test for Gulf War Illness will continue through 2015. George Olsen has more.
It’s difficult enough treating any disease, even more so when it’s a disease whose diagnosis can’t be confirmed.
Public Radio East is teaming up with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to repopulate the waters of eastern North Carolina with striped bass. This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the project and how it will promote a healthier fishery and create more opportunities for anglers.
Striped bass is one of the most popular saltwater game fish on the East Coast. Stripers spend most of their time in the ocean, but each year in the spring, they make a journey upstream to spawn. And that’s when local anglers flock to the Neuse and Tar Rivers to test their luck.
Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is using futuristic simulation technology to train corpsman and give experienced physicians a place to refine their skills. We speak with experts about the new simulation lab and explain how it works.
We remember the brave Montford Point Marines who faced segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II.
Today, we honor the Montford Point Marines who were the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corp. They overcame discrimination and segregation in service for an opportunity to fight for our country during World War II. Wilmington resident Norman Preston is a hero, and World War II veteran. At 91 years old, he is among our country’s first black Marines.
There's no cure and there's no effective treatment for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. But a recent study is offering a promising new method of slowing the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's. The Department of Veteran's Affairs sponsored the study, which involved more than 600 veterans who were given high doses of vitamin E. According to the Associated Press, this is the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage. Dr.
Public Radio East is a media sponsor for this weekend's first ever Oyster Shellabration in downtown Swansboro. The event includes an old-fashioned oyster roast, live music, and educational activities that show the importance of protecting coastal habitats. This week, Public Radio East's Jared Brumbaugh spoke with coastal scientists Dr. Lexia Weaver about the event and the organization's mission to preserve aquatic ecosystems in eastern North Carolina.
It's been an unusually active winter season with four snow storms so far. We speak with local meteorologists about the reason why we're experiencing an increase in winter weather and find out what impacts the snow could have on our homes and vehicles.
North Carolina is steeped in African American history, and the small, rural community of Parkstown continues that tradition. Public Radio East’s Mac McKee spoke with Marshall Jackson, who will be presenting a lecture on Parkstown at the Wayne County Museum this weekend. Jackson grew up in this community, and has spent years researching its history and the people that call it home.
If it’s your belief that politics in the state have swung to the right… too far right… take heart in a new book on state politics which makes the case that historically North Carolina has never long gone too far off in one direction. George Olsen has more.
Commercial fishing license fees are set to go up by 25 percent next month to fund the NC Division of Marine Fisheries' Observer Program. We explain the program and explore how the fee increase may affect local commercial fisherman.
The NC Symphony, under the direction of resident conductor William Henry Curry, will perform one of the most power pieces of music ever written, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The performance takes place February 4th from 7:30 to 8:30 at the Riverfront Convention Center. PRE’s Mac McKee spoke with Maestro Curry this week about what audience members can expect.
The bidding process to place a new high rise bridge linking Beaufort to Morehead City is underway. Construction begins this Spring to replace the current Gallants Channel drawbridge. We’ll talk about the project with the DOT and Beaufort Mayor Richard Stanley.
This week on the Down East Journal, groups are at odds over the plan to relocate dredging material from Beaufort Inlet to Shackleford Banks. Would the move impact tourism or help preserve Shackleford’s shoreline from erosion?
Chefs from area restaurants are dishing up some of their recipes and tips for preparing seasonal, locally caught seafood. This week, PRE's Mac McKee spoke with the special activities coordinator at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Wayne Justice about the annual event.
The Wayne County Arts Council is collecting art work from local and regional artists to display as part of an exhibition celebrating the food traditions of Wayne County. PRE's Mikel Peterson spoke with Executive Director Sarah Merritt, "The Art of Food."