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Child dies of flu in eastern NC, 1st this season

Officials this reported the North Carolina’s first child death from flu for the 2013-2014 flu season. An infant in eastern North Carolina died on Jan. 13 of complications from influenza. State officials didn’t release any details, to protect the family’s privacy. Read the full story

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Worth reading: ‘Are You My Mother?’

Suzanne Churchill with her mom, in October 2013.

Suzanne Churchill with her mom, in October 2013.

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease, including about 13 percent of those over age 65. It’s not a normal part of aging, and it’s painful for families that face it.

In a moving post on her Davidson College blog titled “Are You My Mother,” English professor Suzanne Churchill describes with searching clarity the progressive loss of her mother. Visiting an assisted living facility where her mom would be moving, Churchill writes, it “felt like the first step in letting her go.”

Churchill says she’s no Alzheimer’s expert, and her blog is not about the disease. But with Alzheimer’s affecting so many, even those in their 40s or 50s, it’s helpful to read stories like this one. It’s a wonderful account of a horrible situation. Read the full story

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As wife battles cancer, he dons a pink tutu

Bob Carey has been photographing himself in a pink tutu as a way to deal with wife Linda Carey's breast cancer. Click to watch the video.

Bob Carey has been photographing himself in a pink tutu as a way to deal with wife Linda Carey’s breast cancer. Click to watch the video.

Bob Carey is a photographer who since 2003 has been taking pictures of himself in a pink tutu in a variety of settings. The odd, hilarious and sometimes touching images have inspired and humored his wife, Linda Carey, as she dealt with breast cancer. And they’ve provided him with an outlet for his anguish. The Tutu Project now is the subject of an inspirational video produced for Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. Read on to watch the video. Read the full story

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In the news: Who Will Provide Obamacare in N.C.?

Obamacare is coming, and its success depends on primary-care practitioners. But there are not many of them, according to the nonprofit news website North Carolina Health News. Studies show the U.S. – and our state – ranks at or near the bottom among affluent countries in health outcomes such as infant mortality, heart disease, obesity and drug-related deaths and injuries. These issues are best addressed by primary-care doctors and nurses, N.C. Health News says. And some experts say the state doesn’t have enough.

LINK: Oct. 10, 2013, North Carolina Health News, “Who Will Provide Obamacare?”

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