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
This week on the Down East Journal, State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture. And, a former reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News steps into the world of crime fiction with book one in a series featuring a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent based at Camp Lejeune. More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
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.
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.
This week on the Down East Journal, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune is using futuristic simulation technology to train students and give experienced physicians a place to refine their skills. We speak with experts about the new simulation lab and explain how it works. And, a living history program this weekend in Beaufort focuses on the signs that served as markers for the Underground Railroad. The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.
This week, we speak with acting State Health Director Dr. Robin Cummings about the new, statewide telepsychiatry program starting in January, and how East Carolina University will be involved with the program.
Last week, we heard an in-depth conversation about the future of telemedicine in eastern North Carolina and how new technology could be used to provide access to specialized healthcare for people living in rural and underserved areas of the state, such as Bertie, Beaufort, Duplin, and Edgecombe.
A charter school serving close to 200 students in an economically depressed area of Kinston is facing closure. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has recommended Children‘s Village Academy’s charter be revoked because of cash flow problems and increasing school debt. This week on the Down East Journal, find out what Children‘s Village Academy is doing to stay open. And, we talk to a Goldsboro High School biology teacher who received a prestigious technology award for UV radiation and bacterial cell growth research.
A feature report on the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.
Stroke – it’s feared, its deadly, and it’s debilitating. As far as statistics are concerned, you’re more likely to have a stroke if you live in the South. In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in North Carolina. And our state is considered to be the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt, which includes several states in the southeast part of the country where stroke death rates are significantly higher than the rest of the United States.
An increased use of technology coupled with a congressional mandate are being blamed for cutbacks at your local post office. This week on the Down East Journal, we'll talk about the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. And, we continue our "short and sweet" series, Just Desserts. Plus, an investigation is underway to find who is vandalizing underground water lines.