WNC Wellness review: flu remedies from many modalities; federal dollars for local medical-herb study

• Feature: Wellness: Fly through the flu season:

Local health practitioners are beginning to see residents suffering from more cold and flu symptoms, and the Buncombe County Health Department — along with other area health services — has started administering this year’s flu vaccinations. To help stay healthy, local health-care providers offer some helpful advice.” – [Jacquelyn Dobrinska, Mountain Xpress]  

Buncombe restructures health care and dental services:

Adult and child primary health care and dental services that were once provided by the Department of Health are now provided by WNC Community Health Services. In an effort to lower costs and reach more citizens, Buncombe County contracts with WNC Community Health to provide these services.” – [Mountain Xpress] 

• Asheville’s Bent Creek Institute receives funding to study Acupuncturists’ herbs:

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) has awarded funding for the study of the safety, effectiveness, and functions of herbs including Da Suan (garlic), Dang Gui, Qing Hao (Artemisia), Gan Cao (licorice), and Shan Yao (yam). Acupuncturists have used these substances for over a thousand years but now three divisions of the NIH have funded research to better understand the role of these herbs.” – [HealthCMI]

• Ladies Night Out: Asheville program offers free health screenings for women:

Ladies Night Out, typically held the first Thursday of every month, offers free physicals, mammograms, pap smears, refreshments and health education for uninsured and underinsured women. But according to one of the program’s most loyal volunteers, the experience is anything but cold and clinical.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Two of Asheville’s oldest allergy & asthma practices to join:

Effective January 1st, 2011 Regional Allergy will join the physicians at Allergy Partners of Western North Carolina, which is owned and operated by Allergy Partners, P.A.. This is an exciting time for both practices which signed binding contracts and made the announcement to their employees late last week.” – [Mountain Xpress]

• Buncombe County Medical Society hosts candidate forum:

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, the Buncombe County Medical Society (BCMS) hosted a large crowd of physicians at the Asheville Double Tree hotel for a local political forum. A dozen candidates for North Carolina’s General Assembly were in attendance and answered questions regarding their support for tort reform, improved Medicaid payment rates, state mental health services and how to improve quality of care in North Carolina. Written responses from the candidates and video coverage of [the] forum is available on the Buncombe County Medical Society’s website.” – [North Carolina Medical Society]

• Reminder: Asheville AIDS Awareness Walk: Saturday, Nov. 6:

Hosted by the WNC AIDS Project, the walk, [set for] Saturday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m., will begin at the Grove House and proceed up Patton Avenue to Vance Monument where Womansong of Asheville will perform. ” – [Mountain Xpress] 

• Don’t be fooled: Mammograms save lives:

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force created a tidal wave of turmoil by opposing routine mammogram screening for women in their 40s. Those of us in the breast cancer medical community know that the “facts” from the Canadian study used to draw this conclusion were deeply flawed.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• New Mission Health blog by athletic trainer Korey Hampton:

Welcome to Fitness Adventures WNC! My name is Korey. I am a blogger—starting now. Let me tell you how I got here.” – [Mission Health Blog]

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