In the News This Week…

N.C. Medicaid — to expand or not?, 10-11-12, The Herald-Sun
Gary Greenberg, MD, MPH, writes about the issues surrounding health care in regards to Medicaid expansion.

Health Department partners with other counties to receive N.C. Dept. of Public Health grant, 10-10-12, Lincoln Times-News
Staff writer Sarah Lowery reports that the Lincoln County Health Department, in partnership with Cabarrus Health Alliance, received a regional Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the NC Department of Public Health, which will provide them with $2 million over five years to target the economic, social and physical root causes of chronic disease.

Another Death Reported in Meningitis Outbreak, 10-14-12, New York Times/Reuters
Reuters
reports that another person has died from fungal meningitis linked to possibly tainted vials of a steroid medication, bringing the death toll in an outbreak to 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Saturday. The latest victim was in Indiana, which has now reported two deaths from the rare form of meningitis.

E. coli cases related to Cleveland Co. Fair jumps to 81, 10-18-12, WCNC/Associated Press
Health officials in North Carolina say the number of E. coli cases linked to the Cleveland County Fair has jumped to 81. 52 children and 29 adults have been affected by the outbreak.  

Healthcare Goes Digital, 10-16-12, New Tech City
New Tech City reports that as the medical world goes digital, patients are accessing healthcare online and through smartphone apps while doctors and hospitals are using software to do everything from tracking prescriptions to transfer patients to different offices or departments.

Youths participate in Southern Obesity Summit for the first time , 10-15-12, Charlotte Observer
Writer Elisabeth Arriero reports that youths will be able to participate in the Southern Obesity Summit this year, for the first time. Now in its sixth year, the three-day Southern Obesity Summit aims to raise awareness about healthy eating habits and ways that people improve access to healthy food in their communities.

Indiana hospital executive named president of Presbyterian Healthcare, 10-16-12, Charlotte Observer
Writer Karen Garloch reports that Harry L. Smith Jr., a hospital executive from Evansville, Ind., will join Novant Health as president of Presbyterian Healthcare and the Greater Charlotte Market, effective November 12.

Get Up. Get Out. Don’t Sit., 10-17-12, New York Times
Reporter Gretchen Reynolds writes that two new studies focus on the perils of sitting and how it can affect how long we live. The research, published in separate medical journals this month, adds to a growing scientific consensus that the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of the television, the shorter and less robust his or her life may be.

Local healthcare recruiters use social media to fill positions, 10-16-12, WCNC/NBC Charlotte
Writer Ann Sheridan reports that 83 percent of all applicants coming into the healthcare system are coming through internet sites and social media sites.

 
 

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