Maternal and child health experts in Asheville offer prenatal care, education and assistance as first steps toward improving the health of infants. As disparities range across race and socioeconomic status, doctors and agencies strive to relieve the obstacles for healthy pregnancies.
Buncombe County, like many places across the country, is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, many local sources say. Despite law enforcement efforts and increased awareness of overprescribing, the last few years have seen a dramatic rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Between 2005 and 2014, the county had 110 homicides, according to the […]
In an effort to emphasize the importance of access to affordable health insurance coverage for North Carolinians, Pisgah Legal Services held a press conference Tuesday in partnership with the North Carolina Justice Center. Speakers included political and legal advocates for the ACA, as well as residents who offered stories about their experiences with affordable care and health insurance.
When Carmen started first grade, it was apparent that she had a problem. Despite being a bright child, she struggled to make sense of the words on a written page. “She’s my second child,” says Carmen’s mother, Rachel Friel of Asheville, “and I could just tell from reading with her when she was in the first grade […]
For 70 years, the Minerals Research Laboratory on Coxe Avenue has collaborated with mining companies and educational institutions to develop more efficient processes for extracting the state’s mineral resources as well as ways to reuse potentially harmful byproducts.
Writing your resolutions can be tough, and keeping them can even tougher. Asheville wellness practitioners offer their resolutions and intentions as a way to inspire community members and remind them of the local support, education and opportunities to stay healthy and motivated throughout the year.
Affecting more than 600,000 women each year, postpartum depression is veiled by stigma and taboo that have only just begun to be lifted, according to local medical providers.
Local professionals agree that a well-maintained wellness routine is the first step in preventing the type of depression known as seasonal affective disorder, which commonly occurs during the winter when light is low and days are short.
A variety of intention-setting yoga workshops on New Year’s Eve will help participants create and keep their resolutions for the new year.
A variety of local spiritual leaders and practitioners, from a rabbi to a Buddhist monk, weigh in on the existence of past lives and explore the possibility that recalling them can have healing benefits.
“Many years ago,” says Mayor Manheimer, “our city leadership made the bold and wise investment in a watershed and water infrastructure that provided the foundation for the robust water system we have today … This ruling ensures that Asheville can continue to own this great water system and continue to provide safe drinking water for years into the future.”
Local professionals agree on the importance of gratitude, self-care and boundaries in maintaining a sense of well-being throughout the holiday season.
“I am here because I want to change the world. You know everybody does,” announced Juliette Sterkens, national hearing loop advocate for the nonprofit Hearing Loss Association of America. Sterkens was speaking at an informational community meeting in early November at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard. The event, hosted by the Brevard and Asheville […]
Swannanoa residents met with members of the Community Advisory Group, federal and state environmental protection officials Thursday evening to review the 2016 Record of Decision for the Chemtronics Superfund site. The EPA also revealed the presence of a new contamination detection on the property.
Disability is Diversity Week at UNC Asheville last month focused on disability as a form of diversity to be accepted and celebrated. Keynote speaker Matt Glowacki addressed the social justice issue of breaking down barriers between the able-bodied and the disabled.
The Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, or forest “bathing,” has come to WNC. Forest guides help people experience the woods in an intentional manner, while the forest itself acts as therapist to promote healing.
Traditional Chinese medicine uses cupping as a conjoint modality with acupuncture. Now massage therapists are using the technique and creating alternative, safer methods of using cups for healing.
Before taking the stage at a local middle school to talk about HIV/AIDS prevention, Michael Harney overheard one pre-teen boy offer a preview to another. “He’s going to pray to the vagina,” one boy said. Apparently, word gets around, says Harney. “I fall on my knees and offer thanks for vaginas because none of us […]
Former Mountain Xpress graphic designer Kerry Bober teams up with pediatric psychologist Dr. Kelsey Latimer in their new children’s book Poofas: Popping in to Lend a Hand!. The book, which features Bober’s colorful designs, is aimed at helping children understand stress and develop healthy coping skills.