Protect yourself from West Nile virus

With several cases across the country and a recent death linked to West Nile virus in North Carolina, state and local officials are encouraging residents to take precaution and become aware of mosquito-borne illnesses. “West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito,” said Dr. Alicia Lagasca, a clinical assistant professor of …

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New dental clinic open to patients with urgent needs

An East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine clinic is now treating local patients experiencing oral emergencies. The Emergency Care Clinic, located in Ross Hall at 1851 MacGregor Downs Road, is open five days each week, Monday through Friday. Patients are encouraged to call for an appointment (252-737-7832). Service to the local community is crucial …

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New lung cancer treatment offered at cancer center

Clinical trials of a new drug therapy will soon be available at the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center for postmenopausal women with lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina – the state’s leading nonprofit organization supporting lung cancer research and education – recently awarded $25,000 to hematologist/oncologist Dr. Sulochana Cherukuri to study the …

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Nursing course informs international audience about science of care

The East Carolina University College of Nursing’s first Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, attracted a global audience of more than 700 to learn about the science behind caring. Drawing primarily nursing professionals, the course enrollment included students from Australia, the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Two …

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Navigating the system through patients’ eyes

AMA Wire Spotlight on Innovation post by Paige Driver, a second-year medical student at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. At 6 a.m. on a Friday, most medical students are donning their white coats and heading to the hospital or a medical office practice to learn how to navigate the health care …

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