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Census: Insured population holds steady, with a slight shift from private to public coverage

By Victoria Knight and Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Despite a pandemic-fueled recession, the number of uninsured Americans has increased only slightly since 2018, according to Census Bureau health insurance data released Tuesday. Twenty-eight million people, or 8.6 percent of Americans, were uninsured for all of 2020. In 2019, 8 percent of people were uninsured…

COVID tests are available. You just have to know where to look.

By Anne Blythe Maybe your child plays on one of the middle or high school sports teams where North Carolina public health officials have seen an acute rise in COVID-19 clusters since July. Perhaps you have an elementary school student in your household who is not eligible for a COVID vaccine but really wants to…

Medical marijuana, CBD, Delta-8 – What’s the difference?

By Mona Dougani These days when we hear the word “Delta” our thoughts might turn quickly to COVID-19 and the dreaded Delta variant that’s reminding us just how long a global pandemic can last. In the cannabis world, though, there’s a lot of talk about Delta, too, especially the differences and similarities between Delta-8 tetrahydrocannabinol,…

A chemist with cystic fibrosis relies on the very science he’s advancing

By Chiung-Wei Huang When I arrived in North Carolina from Taiwan six years ago for my doctoral research, my new life chapter started in the UNC-Chapel Hill chemistry building, where many laboratories and finely calibrated instruments are located. I joined a research team to study advancements in semiconductor technology.  Earl Ritchie was the researcher in…

COVID Delta variant Q&A with virologist Lisa Gralinski

By Rose Hoban Lisa Gralinski is a virologist who studies human coronaviruses. She’s an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s been studying human coronaviruses for close to 13 years and as such, has been a much…