Twenty eight counties across the state do not have a psychiatrist, leaving many to seek treatment in local hospital emergency rooms. But the Statewide Telepsychiatry program, which started in January, is designed to address a shortage of psychologists, especially in rural areas. The program is helping patients get the help they need using video and audio streaming videoconferencing technology similar to Skype or Facetime. East Carolina University’s E-Behavioral Health Telepsychiatry Center is providing the consultations and so far, the program is showing positive results. A recent st
A new novel by a Raleigh author and one-time Jacksonville newspaper reporter introduces a new character investigating murderous going-ons at her old stomping ground. George Olsen has more.
In 1993 N.P. Simpson published a book about a 1981 triple homicide at Camp LeJeune that to this day is unresolved.
“The perception was that the person who did it got off on a technicality. That’s not true. That’s not the case at all. But at the same time that gives it an unsatisfying edge. I can’t supply another ending to this. This is real life. Real life is a continuum.”
A groundbreaking study into what may cause ALS was recently released by a researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Maddison. According to ScienceDaily.com, scientists pinpointed an error in protein formation that could be the root of ALS. Commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig Disease, ALS is a progressive degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Raising funds for ongoing research is part of the reason for next weekend's Down East Walk to Defeat ALS in Greenville. The non-profit Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter hopes to educate the public with the event
Two federal agencies are investigating whether managers at North Carolina State University’s 79,000 acre forest in Jones and Onslow Counties illegally drained wetlands. Jared Brumbaugh reports.
It’s estimated that 6,700 acres of the wetlands in Hoffman Forest were impacted. Project Manager for the US Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington Regulatory Field Office Mickey Sugg says it appears excavating equipment was used to create ditches for water to exit the property.
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.