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Wanted: Rural Health Providers, But Few Answer the Call

For years, rural hospitals, clinics and towns have been struggling to recruit physicians, and now, that lack of doctors in some of North Carolina’s more far-flung burgs is showing. “On almost any measures when you look at rural health, rural areas are doing poorer,” health economist Mark Holmes told lawmakers on the legislative Committee on Access […]

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Help for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Clients in Western North Carolina

One day this June, Wilkes County Sheriff Chris Shew found 22 patients with mental health and substance abuse problems crowding the local hospital’s emergency department, waiting for treatment, transportation or other help. For Shew, the pileup required his department to provide a deputy around the clock due to the presence of people under voluntary or […]

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‘Assisters’ Help Migrant Farmers Sign up for Health Insurance During Grace Period

This article was produced by North Carolina Health News and is used by permission. Santos V. sat at a long folding table asking questions in Spanish about a letter he got concerning his health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. For the 52-year-old farmworker, maintaining coverage is a must. “It’s indispensable,” said Santos, who […]

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Gambling Wagers Pay Community-Health Dividends for Eastern Band of Cherokee

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week Cherokee County, North Carolina, resident Tom Bennett reported on the opening of a new casino near Murphy on land owned by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. This story, which first appeared in North Carolina Health News explores the impact of casino earnings on tribal healthcare. The article is used by permission.  Enter […]

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Roundup: Birth of the USDA Market News

In 1915 the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service sent a telegram listing the price of strawberries in Hammond, Louisiana. With those dots and dashes began the USDA Market News. The service provides “free, unbiased price and sales information to assist in the marketing and distribution of farm commodities,” according to the agency. One hundred years later, […]

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Roundup: Carolina Coal Ash

There’s lots of news from North Carolina regarding coal ash: First, the state environmental agency is fining Duke Energy for contaminating groundwater around a retired power plant near Wilmington. Leeching from unlined coal-ash pits has been occurring for years, reports the Associated Press: A letter sent to Duke [Power] says monitoring wells near dumps showed readings exceeding […]