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The benefits of treating patients at home instead of in the hospital

By Rose Hoban This past February, Betty Ratcliffe was headed off to western North Carolina to have a late winter getaway with her husband Jack. She and Jack stopped at the Publix to pick up their prescriptions, and Betty walked across the store to use the restroom.  That’s when the octogenarian started having trouble.  “She…

Counterfeit pills have become more prevalent in the street drug supply

By Taylor Knopf These days, if you buy a pill off the streets, it’s most likely a counterfeit.  Even if a pill says “Xanax” on it — unless acquired directly from a pharmacy — it’s likely something else. Drug analysts who examine counterfeit pills and toxicology screenings of overdose victims often find fentanyl or other…

Youth Climate Stories – Dr. Seuss has a lesson about the environment

By Daisy Morales Bravo  “I speak for the trees,” said the Lorax. I heard this phrase in elementary school. Almost every single one of us did. But many of us were too young to realize that in this line, Dr. Seuss was going beyond just making a children’s book. He was trying to expose a…

NC Health News takes home 17 NC Press Association awards

North Carolina Health News won 17 awards Thursday night during the North Carolina Press Association’s annual awards ceremony, including third place for general excellence among online-only new sites. Four of the awards were first-place prizes.  The total means NC Health News was the most-honored online publication in the state.  The Press Association honored work published…

Electronic health records have limited influence on reducing costs for rural hospitals

by Claudia Rhoades, Brian Whitacre and Alison Davis Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are computer programs used by hospitals to collect information about patients, treatments, and outcomes. Some experts believe that EHRs can improve health care quality and reduce hospital costs by reducing errors, facilitating the flow of information, and allowing health professionals to do tasks…