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.

  • COVID-19 Fight: College donates protective equipment to local hospitals

    Thu, Mar 26, 2020

    Wake Tech officials said the school has gathered much-needed personal protective equipment from its programs to be donated to local hospitals as COVID-19 cases rise in North Carolina.

  • 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.

  • Student eyesight focus of $200,000 grant

    Tue, Jul 16, 2019

    Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation will receive $40,000 each year for five years from The Duke Endowment for mobile vision clinics that provide free screenings, eye exams and glasses to economically disadvantaged students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

  • 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.