WNC Wellness review: Tick disease on the rise; the merits of knowing your druggist

• UNC expert: Tick diseases on the rise in North Carolina:

Suburban development has created an ideal habitat for ticks, says Marcia Herman-Giddens, an adjunct professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” – [Health Canal]

• MemoryCare a unique facility treating memory-loss patients:

Celebrating 10 years of service this year, MemoryCare is a nonprofit organization founded by Hendersonville physician, Dr. Margaret A. “Peggy” Noel, to help residents of Western North Carolina suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers.” – [blueridgenow.com] 

• UNC, Kerr Drug study reveals that pharmacist/patient relationships matter:

A new study reveals a healthy relationship with your pharmacist will keep you, well, healthy. It will also save money. It’s all based on Medication Therapy Management. That’s when pharmacists and physicians work together to review patient profiles and decide on treatment plans. Pharmacists advised patients on how to take their medications and recommended lower-cost treatment options, such as over-the-counter medications. These efforts not only improved patient’s health, they were even found to decrease prescription drug costs for the North Carolina Medicaid program.” – [sbwire.com]

• ACCM: Anxiety, depression & fear allow us to avoid dealing with life:

Everyone experiences anger, depression, anxiety/fear, some more so than others. Some get overwhelmed and blocked by these emotions. Did you ever consider how these emotions are coping devices, allowing you to avoid dealing with life’s difficulties?” – [Asheville Center for Chinese Medicine]

• Opinion: We have to start at home to end childhood obesity:

Buncombe County is a great place to start. Asheville offers a variety of after-school programs and recreational centers that teach children how to be healthy.” – [Asheville Citizen-Times]

• Edgy Mama: Fit moms equals fit kids — plus health and happiness and sanity:

Researchers say that children truly do emulate their parents. From a very early age, offspring pick up on what their primary caregivers eat, drink, and how often and intensely they move their bods. ” – [Mountain Xpress]

• Cleveland County camp provides fun, learning for children with asthma:

The Cleveland County Asthma Coalition has sponsored the camp for seven years with help from partners […] open to children ages 8-12 who have been diagnosed with asthma. […] Class time is not boring, said Devajae Leach, 9½. “ – [The Star]

• Potential found in a new approach to Alzheimer’s:

A potentially promising approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by researchers studying sirtuin, a protein thought capable of extending lifespan in laboratory animals.” – [NYTimes]

• Melting needles make vaccines painless:

A patch with hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could make it possible to painlessly administer vaccines—while providing improved immunization against diseases such as influenza. Applied easily to the skin, the patches could be self-administered during pandemics, simplifying large-scale immunization programs in developing nations.” – [Emory/Georgia Tech]

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