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ECU’s interim chancellor has weighed in on a fight between the state and Vidant Health over appointments to Vidant’s board. East Carolina University released a letter signed by interim chancellor Dan Gerlach and Brody School of Medicine Dean Dr. Mark Stacy about the controversy. The Pitt County Board of Commissioners in May approved action that would end the UNC system’s nine appointments to the 20 member Vidant Health Medical Board. The state reacted, with the UNC system filing a lawsuit and a proposed state budget that would lower Medicaid reimbursement rates to the hospital.

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 We detail a new pilot program started by two medical students in Greenville that seeks to help military veterans transition back to civilian life.

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As the baby boomer generation ages and people live longer, a new trend has emerged from the growing population of older adults.  Elder abuse affects approximately 1 in 10 seniors, according to the National Council on Aging.  

HIV programs at the Brody School of Medicine are outpacing national norms in limiting the spread of the virus. George Olsen has more.

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University is topping the four state medical schools in the number of graduates continuing to practice primary care medicine. George Olsen has more.

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.

Vitamin E may be a new therapy in slowing the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.  This week on the Down East Journal, we speak with a Brody School of Medicine Physician about the new treatment and risks associated with consuming vitamin E in high doses.  And, Spring is just around the corner.  On the Garden Journal, the right and wrong way to prune shrubs and trees.  The Down East Journal airs Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Diabetes is a growing concern for North Carolinians, especially for people who live in the eastern part of the State where studies have shown diabetes cases are rampant.  East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is looking to curb the obesity rate by offering people who live in rural areas access to health care specialists using new telemedicine methods. Today, Public Radio East’s Mac McKee talks to the Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health Dr. Doyle Cummings about how the video conferencing technology works, and how it will be implemented in eastern North Carolina.

This week, we speak with an East Carolina University psychiatrist about a new, non-invasive treatment being used for people living with depression. 

Depression… it’s difficult to treat.  An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States suffers from depression, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s a very common disorder and a very serious disorder that has significant disabling features associated with it.”