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November 1, 2018

How Kids Are Helping Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse in WNC

By Karen Vernon What if we could leverage the energy, creativity and passion of youth to change the world? That’s exactly one focus of Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH), which has been working since 1997 to implement initiatives to improve the health of children and families in Mitchell and Yancey counties. PATH starts by identifying […]

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October 23, 2018

Old prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Drop them off on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

By Rebecca Alexander What do you do with leftover or expired prescriptions? It’s easy to forget about old prescriptions in the back of your medicine cabinet and just toss them in the trash. But there is a better way to dispose of your old or expired prescription medications – like “dropping them off” at designated locations. […]

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October 22, 2018

Talk to Your Teens: Top Tips to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

National Teen Driver Safety Week puts the spotlight on safe teen driving behavior By Beverly Hopps, WNC Safe Kids Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for American teens and are most often the result of inexperienced teen drivers taking risks like not buckling up, texting, driving with teen passengers, speeding, driving under […]

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October 18, 2018

Camp Bluebird — Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Cancer Survivors

For many, the words “summer camp” conjure great memories, and Mission Health’s Camp Bluebird is no exception. What makes Camp Bluebird unique is the campers – and the life-changing experience they share: a diagnosis of cancer. Sure, there’s tons of laughter, bonfires and even s’mores, but there are also reiki (healing touch therapy) sessions, Q&As […]

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October 12, 2018

A Teal Pumpkin Means an Allergy-Friendly Halloween

The kids say “trick or treat!” and grab their favorite candy – the Halloween tradition is simple! But as we have become more aware of young people diagnosed with food allergies, trick-or-treating can get… tricky. Food allergies shouldn’t get in the way of the fun and ease of trick-or-treating. Keep up with modern trick-or-trick etiquette […]

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October 12, 2018

Understanding the Health Needs of Our Hispanic and Latino Population

Hispanics or Latinos are the largest racial/ethnic minority population in the United States. Today, nearly 58 million people (or 18 percent) of Americans are of Hispanic or Latino origin, another 3.3 million are residents of Puerto Rico, U.S. territory. In western North Carolina, Marion and Morganton are on the list of North Carolina’s Top 10 […]

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October 9, 2018

Enough Is Enough – Preventing Domestic Violence in Buncombe County with Helpmate (Video)

By Samantha Kappalman Our home is meant to be our sanctuary – the one place where we can always find peace, comfort and security. But for many, this is unfortunately not the case. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every […]

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September 11, 2018

When a Hurricane Hits the Mountains – Hurricane Safety and Preparedness Tips

By Samantha Kappalman Hurricane Florence is expected to affect the western North Carolina area into the weekend, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared! Go to NCReady.org and download the NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips. Though we don’t have to evacuate here in the […]

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September 7, 2018

What Keeps Us from Getting the Care We Need? Social Determinants of Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD If I see you in the emergency department and end up sending you home it means that I think you’re going to live through your recent illness or injury. But that might not mean that you’re all of a sudden completely “healthy,” right? You’ve still got to take care of yourself. […]

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August 31, 2018

The Pain of Opioids and the Epidemic in Your Own Backyard

“An American dies every 19 minutes from opioid or heroin overdose” – U.S. surgeon general. It can happen to anyone – your grandparents, neighbors and children. While not all overdoses are the result of substance abuse, the vast majority are, and addiction doesn’t discriminate. Western North Carolina is in the midst of the opioid epidemic […]

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