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Check your well for bacteria and nitrate

082914GroundwaterdaySOURCE: National Ground Water Association
Bacteria and nitrate are widespread in the environment, so every household water well owner should regularly test the water to make sure no health risks exist, the National Ground Water Association recommends.

While most bacteria found in water do not cause disease, disease-causing bacteria called pathogens can exist in well water given the right circumstances, NGWA said. Nitrate is not uncommon to rural areas due to its use in fertilizers and because it’s sometimes linked to animal or human waste. Read the full story

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As school sports resume, beware of heat risks

Chris Magryta

Chris Magryta

By DR. CHRIS MAGRYTA

Summer break is ending and competitive athletics are gearing up. Kids of all ages are playing sports during the heat of the day all over the country. This time of year poses a major risk of overheating for children and adolescents engaged in aggressive aerobic outdoor exercise. Read the full story

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Changes to state and local smoking laws

WFAElogo_30th_DavNewsGovernor Pat McCrory signed the last bill on his desk Monday night, a 58-page technical corrections bill, which tweaks wording and fixes typos in current law. It also contains at least one policy change, allowing state jails to sell electronic cigarettes to inmates. The North Carolina Sheriffs Association pushed for the law because so many inmates suffer from nicotine withdrawal in jail or prison, where smoking has been banned since 2010. A tax bill passed by the state legislature earlier this session would have banned inmates from obtaining e-cigarettes. Read the full story

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County plans forum on tobacco restrictions

CHARLOTTE -The Mecklenburg County Health Department is hosting a community forum on Monday, August 11 to share details of its proposed tobacco restrictions and receive feedback from the public. Read the full story

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