The third annual LGBT in the South Conference, held March 18-20, tackled a variety of health issues, including HIV, conversion therapy, and transgender health care.
Although New Dawn Midwifery closes at the end of March, safe and supported birthing options abound in the Asheville area, including hospitals with obstetricians, hospitals with midwives and the WNC Birth Center, which is set to open this spring on South French Broad Avenue. Professionals across the region continue to advocate for education and support as the keys to making choices during childbirth. […]
Decades after the furor over a Swannanoa weapons plant introduced many residents to the term “Superfund site,” the focus is shifting toward potential future uses for a portion of the Chemtronics property.
Holmes Desmelick is like most boys his age. He loves hanging out with his friends, playing sports and generally staying active. However, Holmes was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in June 2014, and that has caused the 6-year-old to miss out on many of the things his friends get to do. Clare Desmelick, Holmes’ […]
Fifteen thousand patients visit the Minnie Jones Health Center in downtown Asheville each year. Most of them are low-income residents of the area, often under- or uninsured. More than 200 of them are transgender patients seeking care at the center, which is run by Western North Carolina Community Health Services.
Sweet Inspiration’s Learn How to Turn Your Health Around program combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine practices for a new perspective on issues such as pre-diabetes, diabetes and obesity. And it helps motivate patients manage their health through diet and lifestyle changes.
A series of events held March 10, including a benefit party featuring the Firecracker Jazz Band, honor of one of Asheville’s first resident celebrity artists. The celebration will help not only with raising funds for Aurora Studio & Gallery, but in fighting the stigma of mental illness.
Through the remedial practices and harmonizing of planetary influences, Vedic astrologers claim that we can bring ourselves back into harmony with nature and through that process realize the most fundamental aspect of our being.
After 19 years of providing Asheville women with pregnancy and gynecology services, New Dawn Midwifery is closing. Jan Verhaeghe, founder and president of New Dawn Midwifery, is retiring. “We are making referrals for providers, and we are offering care up through March 31. We have enjoyed every client in our practice,” Verhaeghe says. The center offered prenatal […]
To save a life, Julia Killen endured six hours with each arm stuck with two needles that drew cells from her bone marrow. While the process involved some discomfort and inconvenience, Killen says the sacrifice was well worth the benefit to a blood-cancer patient who needed a transplant. The process started with a swab of her […]
Knowing what to feed your pet is not always a simple or straightforward matter. Local veterinarians and animal experts weigh in on the best diet for your canine or feline companion.
Anne Livengood, Avena Joyce and Katie Jennings-Campbell have designed an eight-week boot camp that sets a goal of three to four classes a week for participants and engages local chefs to help them learn to eat well.
Chiropractic adjustment works better when massage is utilized as part of the overall treatment, say a number of Asheville practitioners and patients.
Four Asheville ministers speak of their vision and understanding about what it means to help those in need. The encounter of helping another person, they say, can be transforming for both the giver and receiver and holds the potential to change the world we live in.
Female-only circles and retreats provide space for women to express themselves more freely and let their feminine energy and power come through. Expressive movement, meditation, and goddess circles are among local offerings for women to explore themselves and find connection with each other.
Healing Touch and reiki are energy-work modalities that are finding their way into complementary therapies offered in many mainstream medical settings, including hospitals, hospice and veteran care.
Plant spirit medicine can bring about healing by serving as a bridge between the body and the mind. Flower essences help people to release an underlying emotional weight or spiritual malaise, say local practitioners.
Does prayer work? And how? Local prayer leaders and pastors who spoke with Xpress are in general agreement that the answer is “yes” — but it often depends on your definition of a successful outcome. “I believe God still performs miracles, [but] he’s not a vending machine,” says Michael Lombardo, who serves as director of pastoral […]
Holistic dentistry aims to provide patient-centered care and improve dental health, as well as overall health, by limiting the use of toxic chemicals and invasive procedures.
Government agencies and departments from Buncombe County and the City of Asheville are pursuing a slew of initiatives that will reduce the barriers to active modes of transportation like walking, biking and using public transit. In addition to their environmental benefits, these coordinated efforts also promote mobility, health and well-being.
As we roll into 2016, it’s easy to neglect the resolutions for the new year many of us made a month ago. But for children and their families battling cancer and dealing with the side effects of treatment, giving up or forgetting isn’t an option. To assist these children and their families in their time […]