Health & Wellness

  • Medical safety gear production in NC gets $300K boost

    Sat, Apr 25, 2020

    The Industrial Commons in Morganton, NC, will receive $300,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission to use for materials and to coordinate staff to manufacture needed medical safety gear to fulfill increased product demand across the Appalachian Region and the nation during the ongoing COVID-

  • Blue Cross NC waives customer costs for COVID-19 treatment

    Mon, Apr 06, 2020

    Durham-based Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina says it will waive costs for members – including deductibles, co-payments, and coinsurance – for treatments related to COVID-19 if a member is diagnosed with the virus.

  • COVID-19 Fight: Survey highlights changing habits, needed comfort

    Thu, Mar 26, 2020

    At least temporarily, the response to COVID-19 is altering America’s social fabric: teleworking, social distancing, and the shift of education from public schools to the privacy of living rooms and kitchen tables is the strange, new normal.

  • At-Home Beauty Devices: To Buy or Not to Buy

    Mon, Dec 09, 2019

    Thinking of buying a skin rejuvenation device as a Christmas gift?

    “Most of them won’t do any harm, but they usually don’t do much good either,” said Amy McMichael, M.D., chair of the dermatology department at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC.

  • NC family thriving after 4-month old baby’s heart surgery

    Mon, Dec 09, 2019

    Emily Halpin and her husband Peter were excited to welcome their first child, a baby girl, expanding their family from two to three.

  • Weight, diet counseling improves diabetes outcomes

    Thu, Nov 28, 2019

    For people with difficult-to-control diabetes, adding intensive weight management counseling to group medical visits provided extra health benefits beyond improved blood-sugar control, according to a study led by researchers at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center and the Department of Veterans Aff

  • Foster mom gave to her country, now gives to her community

    Thu, Nov 28, 2019

    As a foster parent since 1989, more than two dozen children have come through Mattie Williams's door, receiving shelter, food, consistency, and lots of love.

  • UNC research: 46,000 high schoolers have vaped marijuana

    Fri, Jun 28, 2019

    Researchers at UNC School of Medicine found almost one in ten North Carolina adolescents reported having "vaped" marijuana.  The researchers also found strong associations between the use of certain types of tobacco products and the use of e-cigarette devices and progressing to vaping marijuana.

  • Prostate cancer patients don't seek follow-up care

    Mon, Jun 10, 2019

    Preliminary results from a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study found that just 15 percent of a group of men in North Carolina with early-stage prostate cancer who choose active surveillance instead of treatment followed the recommended monitoring guidelines.