World’s First Malaria Vaccine Program for Children Begins

Health officials prepare to vaccinate resident in Malawi village of Migowi. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) Cameroon starts world’s first malaria vaccine program for children (ASSOCIATED PRESS) -- Cameroon will be the first country to routinely give children a new malaria vaccine as the shots are rolled out in Africa. The campaign due to start Monday was described by officials as a milestone in…

The Biggest Health and Medicine Stories of 2023. There is Plenty to be Awed by.

From new uses for weight-loss drugs to the first CRISPR gene editing therapy, these were some of the most impactful health stories of the year In world with so much urgent and depressing news, it can be hard to take a moment and reflect on all of the encouraging scientific and medical progress that has happened. But looking back at 2023, there was plenty on the health beat to be awed by.…

Could A Saliva Test Help Diagnose Cancer in the Future?

A saliva or blood test looking for changes in the structure of sugar molecules could, in the future, help diagnose different forms of cancer early on   The global number of cancer cases is expected to hit 28.4 million by 2040. For most cancers, early detection and treatment can provide better outcomes. Researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have found that…

A Shorter Scan Could End Your MRI Nightmares

  A typical test could take 40 minutes; a “fast MRI” can be done in as little as 10. (Katie Couric Media - Rachel Uda) -- Getting an MRI is not exactly a comfortable experience. You’re stuck in a big metal tube and instructed to remain perfectly still while what sounds like a car alarm triggered at arm’s length reverberates around you. But it can be a lifesaving test, especially for the…

Getting to Know John Goldfield and The Motel Keys!

From the Medical Board to the Main Stage! John Goldfield, Asst. Medical Director, NC Medical Board If you haven't heard of (and heard) John Goldfield then you are missing out!  The Assistant Medical Director of the North Carolina Medical Board is the front man for the band The Motel Keys and they are getting more and more well known across the state. Randy Aldridge of the North Carolina…

Could Your Patients Say Goodbye to Trypanophobia

A biotech is trying to turn injectable drugs into pills Between 11.5 and 66 million US adults have trypanophobia, or a fear of needles (Healthcare Brew, Maia Anderson) -- If you could offer your patients medication via a pill rather than a needle, you’d probably do so, right? After all, somewhere between 11.5 and 66 million US adults have trypanophobia, or a fear of needles, which causes…

Is Gig Economy Harming Your Patient’s Health?

(HealthDay, Dennis Thompson) Capitalism is thought to bring out the best in workers, but there's a dark side to tying a person's everyday efforts to their weekly paycheck. Folks relying on short-term, freelanced office jobs, or jobs where pay is linked to hustle -- depending largely on tips, commissions and bonuses -- may often suffer poor health related to their…

HB 534 – NC Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act

HB 534 - NC Pharmacy Benefits Manager Licensure Act Primary Sponsors: Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Stanly), Rep. Greg Murphy (R-Pitt), Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne) Bill Summary This bill would establish standards and criteria for the regulation and licensure of pharmacy benefit managers. This bill provides claims processing services or other prescription drug or services for…

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NC Harm Reduction Coalition Reports Over 4000 Overdose Reversals Since 2013

As of Aug. 31, 2016, the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC), a statewide nonprofit dedicated to reducing drug overdose deaths has reported that since Aug. 1, 2013 when they began distributing overdose prevention kits containing the opioid antagonist naloxone, the total number of overdose reversals they know of stands at 4170. For a list of reversals by city click here. The NCHRC…