"Morning Edition" National Public Radio
Some veterans with special skills will be given an opportunity to apply to a new program that will train them in a field that needs more experienced workers. The new master's program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine is designed for veterans who were medics in the military and would like to become physician assistants.
"Marketplace" American Public Media
You may have heard that vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin”, when taken in sufficient amounts may provide added protection against wintertime colds and the flu. The important word here is may. Vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) has become a hot topic in recent years as a result of increased awareness of its positive effects on health including support of bone mineralization, heart and blood vessel function, anti-cancer actions and a general boosting of immunity. (Russell Greenfield, M.D. is assistant clinical professor with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and visiting assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.)
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
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UNC’s School of Medicine is working with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to develop a physician assistant master’s degree program for returning military veterans. It’s designed for Special Forces Medical Sergeants, to build on the training they already receive in the service.
Blue Cross Blue Shield NC has pledged $1.2 million over the next four years to help establish the program; UNC is hoping to enroll its first class in 2015.