Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton will offer an opportunity for health care professionals and families of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients to learn more about memory-loss diseases.

Robert Shugars calls his new robot “Stella,” because it has allowed him to “get his groove back,” just like Angela Bassett in the popular “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” movie.

I pulled a huge engorged tick from the top of my head the day after a friend of mine and I had hiked a short trail close to a housing development near Lake James. The walk took us under big trees and through high grass. I know ticks jump from trees down on their victim’s heads, and they jump…

Inevitably, most of us worry about our parents as they approach their later years and what kind of care they will receive when they need it. Most people want to stay in their own homes for as long as they are able. There are several options to help with that. Family members as caregivers are…

CHARLOTTE — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage. 

Concern for loved ones battling cancer prompted cancer survivors and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the St. Charles Catholic Church Ladies Guild to help provide relief. 

The Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation recently received a $750,000, three-year grant from The Duke Endowment to develop a collaborative network of health care for the low income, uninsured residents of Burke County. This network is called the Burke Health Network and consists of numerous loca…

Medicare open enrollment will take place Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. The Medicare Prescription Drug coverage annual election period provides current Medicare beneficiaries with one opportunity each year to select a new prescription drug plan for the upcoming year.

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As many people know, the month of October is not only for trick-or-treating and haunted houses, but to shine a light on the realities of breast cancer and how it has affected millions of people.

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church will open its doors to the community Saturday morning in an effort to improve the health of local residents.

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A sports medicine program that was created in 2010 and has been credited for saving the lives of three Burke County students was recently highlighted by a national TV series.

Part of my job at Catawba Valley Medical Services is providing transportation to medical appointments. One of my destinations is Burke County’s FMC (Fresenius Medical Care) Dialysis Center on West Union Street. Some days, I see other medical transportation company vans pull up and load up wh…

WINSTON-SALEM – Scientists are testing whether people with dementia can be helped by using improvisational dance – a classic type of dance that involves creating and executing movements spontaneously rather than with choreographed steps.


RALEIGH – The hottest temperatures of the summer are forecast to hit parts of North Carolina over the next three days, pushing thermometers to the vicinity of triple digits and stressing people and pets. Temperatures in much of the state are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat indexes …

Not all hospital volunteers work at the hospital. Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge has several volunteers who work from home, such as Edwyna Styles, June Jepson, Margaret McGee, and Susan Fretts.

Mandy Nix, RD, a 32-year-old nutritionist at Broughton Hospital, writes a weekly column for The News Herald based on her pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Her April 2 article, “The Danger of Being Sedentary," especially caught my eye, since I have problems with standing and avoiding falls.