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Half of states now have smoke free workplace rules

no smokingSOURCE: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
By 2020 or sooner, the entire nation could have laws banning smoking in all indoor areas of private sector worksites, restaurants and bars, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. These places are major sources of secondhand smoke exposure.
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Hospital cancer program wins accreditation

Richard Krumdieck

Richard Krumdieck is chairman of the cancer program at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

SOURCE: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
MOORESVILLE – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

The recognition followed an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor checking compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

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CPR class Tuesday, other events ahead at hospital

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman Regional Medical Center offers a Heart Association Heartsaver CPR course on Tuesday from 6-10 p.m. Also below, a calendar of public events during May at the hospital in Mooresville, from free skin cancer screenings to a cancer support group and a blood drive. Read the full story

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Time to think about end of life decisions

David Boraks bugWhen my mother was in the final days of her life because of cigarette-related lung cancer a decade ago, my siblings and I had an important tool that let us focus on saying goodbye and grieving – and not on the confusing, chaotic decision making that often surrounds critical illness. My mom had an advance directive, or living will, that made the most important decision for us: She asked not to be kept alive by extraordinary means.

In her final hours, we sat with her in the hospice wing of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn. A nurse occasionally strolled in to check her condition, or to adjust the painkillers aimed at easing her passing. We held her hand as she slipped away peacefully. It was a sad moment – mom was only 65 years old – but it was as easy as one could possibly imagine.

Saturday, April 16, is National Healthcare Decisions Day, set aside to promote awareness of planning for important end of life decisions. Read the full story

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Davidson Rec offers evening ‘herbal’ series

Davidson Parks & Recreation will host a series of evening programs on herbal medicine this spring titled “Back to Basics.” The monthly programs are April 5, May 3, and June 7. To register, visit www.d-Recs.org or call the office at 704-892-3349. All programs are at the parks & rec offices, 416 Armour St. Davidson. Here are the details: Read the full story

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Davidson Parks offers Life Line Screenings in May

Life Line Screening

Source: Life Line Screening of America

The Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation will offer Life Line Screenings in May. The screenings include easy tests that check for potential problems with strokes, aneurysm, osteoporosis and other conditions.

Pre-registration is required. Register for programs online at www.d-Recs.org or call the Parks & Rec office at 704-892-3349. Read the full story

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How long is your ER wait? There’s an app for that

SOURCE: Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
MOORESVILLE – You’re on your way to the emergency room, and you need directions. Or you want to know how long the wait will be. Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

The next stage in the “ER Extra” campaign at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center is the addition of a free iPhone app and mobile sites that perform a similar function for smartphones. For those not requiring immediate emergent care, the ER Extra app is designed to help decision making in emergency care extra fast and extra easy. Read the full story

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CDC says more Americans are developing diabetes

diabetes increase in 2010

Nearly 26M Americans now have the disease, and one-third of adults now have prediabetes, new estimates show

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control

Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, an estimated 79 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes raises a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
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