N.C. “Wise Woman” program a wise choice

Just want to say many thanks to all the folks involved in the running of the N.C. Wise Woman program (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation) at the Buncombe County Health Department. For those of us without health insurance, you are a godsend. Because of the screenings for breast cancer, blood pressure […]

Healthcare reform needs your voice

Although "healthcare reform" was passed, the state is now making decisions about how North Carolina will respond to the new federal rules. The N.C. General Assembly is considering legislation that would put Blue Cross Blue Shield permanently on a board whose purpose it is to help small businesses and those who cannot afford health insurance. […]

Fight for freedom without and within

When I first read the letter “Channeling Your Inner Revolutionary” [Feb. 9 Xpress], I wondered if Norman Plombe has external rules in his home, his house, or with his children. I suspect there must be some. Most rules are made to help life run more smoothly. Structures in their best design are aimed at increasing […]

Local nonprofit wins grant to help minority cancer patients

African-Americans are roughly twice as likely as other Buncombe County residents to suffer from diabetes, prostate cancer and breast cancer, Elaine Robinson reports. And as executive director of the Asheville-Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement, she’s trying to do something about it. Since its inception five years ago, the organization has worked to address such local […]

Brain man

Depending on whom you ask, Fletcher-based neurosurgeon Michael J. Rosner is either a skull-shaving savior or a shameless opportunist who’s needlessly operating on patients desperate for a cure. Dr. Michael J. Rosner has operated on hundreds of patients to remove bits of bone at the base of the skull and along the spinal cord — […]

Health Net to forge links, fill in cracks

Buncombe County and Health Partners, an Asheville-based nonprofit, are gearing up to roll out an ambitious online system later this year called Health Net that will help safety-net providers better serve the county’s uninsured, low-income and impoverished residents. Nothing but Net: Health Net Director J. Nelson-Weaver says the system will connect all of the area’s […]

The Biz

Buncombe County and Health Partners, an Asheville-based nonprofit, are gearing up to roll out an ambitious online system later this year called Health Net that will help safety-net providers better serve the county’s uninsured, low-income and impoverished residents. Nothing but Net: Health Net Director J. Nelson-Weaver says the system will connect all of the area’s […]