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NC dental board gets robust response to proposal to change sedation rules

NC dental board gets robust response to proposal to change sedation rules

By Anne Blythe A widow’s push to change the sedation rules for North Carolina dentists has struck a nerve in the dental profession. The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners has been considering a proposed rule change that among other things would require dentists and oral surgeons to have a certified registered nurse anesthetist…

These undergraduates help connect patients in Duke’s ER with food, housing and utility support

These undergraduates help connect patients in Duke’s ER with food, housing and utility support

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven On a sunny day last September, 20-year-old Haripriya Dukkipati walked into Duke’s emergency room for her first volunteer shift. The day started off slow. She and another student volunteer approached some patients and introduced themselves. Then they asked whether the patients would like to be screened for any “unmet social needs,” namely:…

What is the state of medical marijuana legalization in North Carolina?

What is the state of medical marijuana legalization in North Carolina?

By Elizabeth Thompson As Americans across the country observe 4/20, a day that recognizes cannabis, North Carolina remains one of just 13 states that have not legalized medical marijuana. That may not be the case for long.  A bill in the North Carolina Senate, the NC Compassionate Care Act, would make medical marijuana legal for…

Should advanced practice nurses in NC have more independence from physicians?

Should advanced practice nurses in NC have more independence from physicians?

By Rose Hoban When you add a half million people to a state’s health care system, can providers keep up?  That’s one of the questions that North Carolina legislators raise as they discuss expanding Medicaid access to some 500,000 to 600,000 more people in this state. The fear is that adding nearly 5 percent of…