Red Cross reminds homeowners to prepare for emergencies

A 2010 storm knocked a tree onto this Davidson house. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net file photo)

A 2010 storm knocked a tree onto this Davidson house. (David Boraks/DavidsonNews.net file photo)

Red Cross announcement
CHARLOTTE — Disasters can strike quickly and often without warning. During National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross, Carolina Piedmont Region, encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster. Continue Reading

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Is NC Medicaid broken or award-winning?

wfae partner logoBy MICHAEL TOMSIC
WFAE

Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration is still working on an overhaul of one of North Carolina’s most important – and expensive – health programs.

Medicaid serves about 1.5 million low-income or disabled North Carolinians. And it costs the state roughly $36 million a day. McCrory has said the program is broken and inefficient, often pointing to an audit that found North Carolina is horrible at managing costs and budgeting.

So you may be surprised to hear that a big part of the state’s current program is saving money and recently won a national award. And some Medicaid researchers and advocates for the poor are worried about the overhaul. Continue Reading

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Get the scoop on child immunizations with CDC guide

081613CDCImmunizGuideHave questions about immunizations? The federal Centers for Disease Control has a “The Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations” helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy.

The color booklet, updated in 2010 and reprinted in 2012, includes a glossary and list of resources and is illustrated with children’s artwork.

DOWNLOAD at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide/

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Men and their doctors fail to communicate on PSA tests

There has been a lot of discussion lately about the use of a simple blood test to detect prostate cancer in men. Some have questioned its continued use, saying it’s not reliable and could lead to unnecessary concerns or treatments. But National Public Radio reports there’s a counterpoint, suggesting that what’s needed is better communication between men and their doctors about tests results for PSA, or prostate-specific antigen.

LINK: July 11, 2013, NPR.org, “Failure To Communicate Between Doctors And Men About PSA Test”

 

 

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