Drop in blood donations, rising demand bring shortage

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Blood providers say they need donations. (American Red Cross photo)

Blood donations are down at the Charlotte region’s blood providers at a time of year when demand typically rises. With blood now in short supply, providers have issued an emergency call for donations.

Both the American Red Cross and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas are urging healthy prospective donors to visit a blood drive or a blood donation center, to help boost supply. Continue Reading

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UNC doc: Cancer drugmakers should reveal side effects

By MICHAEL TOMSIC
WFAE

wfae partner logoCancer drug makers should do a much better job explaining how their new products will impact patients’ symptoms and quality of life. That’s the message from a UNC doctor in a recent online piece in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Ethan Basch of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center says whenever he meets with patients, one of their first questions is about how a certain drug will make them feel. Continue Reading

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Stroke support group meets Aug. 1 at Senior Center

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman Regional Medical Center will host its monthly Stroke Support Group on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 1:30 to 3pm at the South Iredell Senior Center.  The senior center is at 202 N. Church St., Mooresville, on the lower level of the Charles Mack Citizen Center.  Continue Reading

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‘Thinking of the kids,’ Make A Wish hikers raise $164,000

Carol Wilber Bradfield (left) and Bert Gould.

Carol Wilber Bradfield (left) and Bert Gould.

fundraisers bug“Think of the kids” This was the mantra that kept team Pilot Light going as they hiked 24.1 miles up and down the Bartram Trail June 1, outside Franklin, NC. Carol Wilber Bradfield and Bert Gould of Davidson were part of The Trailblaze Challenge, a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina.

When the steep incline caused the knees to scream, they remembered the money raised would change a child’s life. Continue Reading

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