WNC wellness review

Pardee ready to name a CEO

"The Pardee Hospital board of directors is planning to announce the top candidate for hospital CEO at a special-called board meeting Wednesday. An eight-member search committee of Pardee board members, doctors and staff was formed in November. Over the past several months, the committee whittled 150 applications down to a final candidate." — [BlueRidgeNow.com]

YWCA calls for help funding Diabetes Wellness program

"If proposed budget cuts to the state’s Health and Wellness Fund go through, the YWCA program will lose almost half its support. At a June 2 press conference, YWCA-Asheville Director Holly Jones announced that she anticipates losing $100,000 in grant monies from North Carolina’s Health and Wellness Fund. To make up the projected loss, Jones and Program Director Alfie Rodriguez have cut a full-time staff position and trimmed another to half-time. " — [Mountain Xpress]

Asheville Dr. offers natural treatments for weight, fatigue

"The biggest contributing factor to both Hashimoto's and Grave's disease, Hedberg said, is autoimmunity — a syndrome in which the body produces antibodies that attack its own cells. He says the three main causes of autoimmunity are 'leaky gut,' usually due to a diet high in gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye products), a genetic predisposition and an environmental trigger, such as mercury, gluten or an infection." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Carolinas HealthCare System to run Murphy hospital

"Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System will run the hospital here [Murphy], making it the third medical facility under its management in Western North Carolina in as many years." — [Asheville Citizen-Times]

Mental health management changes OK'd by NC House

"A bill directing North Carolina's local mental health treatment system to offer coverage through a managed-care model is heading to the House floor. The House Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday voted in favor of expanding pilot projects through which Medicaid-funded services for the mentally ill, substance abusers and people with developmental disabilities are managed differently than they are now." — [Businessweek]

Living treasures

"Live long enough to be honored: Three Western North Carolina centenarians were honored May 24 at a Century Club Celebration at Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville. Grace Goodell, 102, Helen Adwin, 100, and Carol Hoyt, 101, received congratulation letters on behalf of Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, as well as Rep. Heath Shuler. Chad Eaton, director of public affairs for Shuler, also presented the elders with flags he said had been flown above the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in their honor. Organizers said that about 65 centenarians currently live in WNC." — [Mountain Xpress]

Robert Parker: N.C. can't afford to lose Health and Wellness Trust Fund

"It is no secret that states are facing a time of financial crisis. Difficult funding decisions are being made across the country and many beneficial programs are simply too expensive to maintain. However, the Health and Wellness Trust Fund is not just another program with good intentions and few results. The proposed state budget would abolish the trust fund and dump the funds into the general state coffers. Cutting this program will not only have a devastating impact on public health, it will actually cost North Carolina more money. " — [StarNewsOnline]

Study: Cholesterol drugs tied to lower prostate cancer risk

"Men taking cholesterol-lowering medication may be less likely to get prostate cancer than those not on the drugs, suggests a new study. They are also less likely to wind up with aggressive versions of the disease, researchers found." — [Reuters]

Lower salt intake may cause (not prevent) heart disease

"Researchers found that high salt intake did not increase an individual’s chance of increased blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. In fact, they found the opposite — those following low-salt diets had the highest incidence of CVD-related deaths." — [Organic authority]

Can Chinese medicine treat ED?

"Can Chinese medicine treat erectile dysfunction (ED)? The short answer is yes. Erectile dysfunction (ED), low libido and infertility are all treatable conditions with Chinese medicine. But don't look for a little blue pill here. Acupuncturists use a variety of modalities, including, of course, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, and lifestyle counseling rather than pharmaceuticals to treat this and many other health problems." — [Tree.com]


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