Sep
27

Health Beat: Start a conversation with your provider about your prostate health

Special to Iredell Free News If you are a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, or son, you are likely aware of prostate cancer. In fact, prostate cancer is one of the

Sep
25

Health Beat: How to support a friend who is having suicidal thoughts

Special to Iredell Free News Across the world, one person takes their own life every 40 seconds. And with many of these tragic deaths, several others are left behind with

Sep
11

Facts of Lice: Advice for Parents

Special to Iredell Free News Your child is just starting to get back into their “school routine” when you notice a small whitish-gray insect on their neck. Your heart sinks

Sep
11

Integrated Health of Greater Hickory expands behavioral health services to Statesville

BY DEBBIE PAGE debbiepage.iredellfreenews@gmail.com Integrated Health of Greater Hickory (ICGH) has expanded its integrated approach to recovery from depression, anxiety, trauma and addiction to the Statesville area by adding a

Sep
07

NCDHHS expands eligibility for monkeypox vaccination as cases increase

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — With evolving case trends and increasing vaccine supply, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is expanding eligibility for the monkeypox vaccine. Vaccinations

Aug
21

Health Beat: How to ease your child’s back-to-school anxiety

Special to Iredell Free News Heading into the new school year may be exciting for some children, but for others, it may not feel so thrilling. Concerns about returning to

Aug
15

Health Beat: A Parent’s Guide to Food Allergies

Special to Iredell Free News Summer is winding down, and another school year is upon us. While many parents are busy making sure their child has the necessary school supplies

Aug
11

NCDHHS kicks off ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign in time for new school year

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services kicked off the “Know Before You Go” campaign today, a statewide initiative reminding North Carolinians

Aug
08

Health Beat: It’s time to get proactive about cholesterol

Special to Iredell Free News Nearly 94 million Americans have borderline high or high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet many people have no idea

Aug
06

Health Beat: Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays

Special to Iredell Free News Soaking up a little sunlight every day can boost your body’s vitamin D supply and even improve your emotional wellbeing. But it doesn’t take long

Aug
04

NCDHHS reminds parents to make sure children’s vaccines are updated before new school year begins

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — As children across North Carolina head back to school this month, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reminds families that vaccinations

Jul
18

Iredell’s Women’s Health Center celebrating 30th anniversary, commitment to patient care

Special to Iredell Free News Women have more breast cancer detection opportunities available today than ever before. Many women now understand the importance of yearly mammogram screenings, or at least know

Jul
17

NCDHHS releases response plan for monkeypox outbreak

Special to Iredell Free News Summarizing months of preparation and response efforts, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing a 2022 Monkeypox Outbreak Response Plan (Spanish edition)

Jul
16

NCDHHS: Call 9-8-8 to reach trained mental health crisis counselors

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Starting Saturday, July 16, people in mental health crisis can dial 9-8-8 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and get immediately connected

Jul
04

Health Beat: Dehydration can be life-threatening

Special to Iredell Free News Backyard barbecues, beach trips, and long days by the pool may be at the forefront of your mind this summer, but where does hydration fall

Jul
02

NCDHHS pivots toward at-home COVID-19 testing strategy, reinforces surge capacity

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is doubling down on at-home testing — establishing Community Access Points in all counties to

Jun
27

NCDHHS encourages screening and testing during National HIV Testing Day

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — At the end of 2021, an estimated 4,000 people were living with HIV in North Carolina and unaware of their HIV-positive status. Getting

Jun
21

Iredell Health System pioneering use of Mazor X Stealth robotic guidance platform for spine surgery

Special to Iredell Free News Back pain plagues millions of people each year and is one of the top reasons Americans visit their doctor. Some of those with severe back

Jun
19

NCDHHS: COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 6 months to under 5 years available starting June 20

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Children ages 6 months and older in North Carolina can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends

Jun
16

Health Beat: Iredell Wound Care offers advanced treatment for chronic wounds

Special to Iredell Free News Your skin is the largest organ in your body and the first line of defense against disease-causing germs, bacteria, and viruses. When a cut, scrape,

Jun
14

NCDHHS preparing for rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5 across state

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution for children under 5 years old and to ensure families

Jun
14

Health Beat: How to save your child from choking

Special to Iredell Free News Imagine you are sitting at a restaurant and notice the person in the booth behind you is choking. Luckily, someone in the restaurant knows how

Jun
13

NCDHHS advises residents to exercise caution as temperatures rise for summer

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Temperatures are climbing this week as summer arrives, and the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for parts of the state.

May
30

Health Beat: Don’t let osteoporosis sneak up on you

Special to Iredell Free News Osteoporosis is a major public health threat affects more than 10 million Americans age 50 and above, and nearly 44 million are at high risk,

May
27

Health Beat: How to manage your child’s asthma

Special to Iredell Free News If you hear your child frequently coughing throughout the night, you shouldn’t brush it off as “just a cold.” While many things may cause a

May
26

NCDHHS: How to prevent drowning and stay healthy around water this swim season

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — As North Carolinians start their summer voyages to beaches, lakes, rivers and pools this holiday weekend, officials at the N.C. Department of Health

May
23

NCDHHS: COVID-19 booster now available for children ages 5-11

Special to Iredell Free News Children ages 5 to 11 years old can receive a COVID-19 booster five months after the date of their most recent Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine dose.

May
18

Raising Awareness: Mental health event encourages listening, making connections with students

BY DEBBIE PAGE debbiepage.iredellfreenews@gmail.com Lake Norman High School Principal Bill Shapcott welcomed parents, students, and concerned community members to the school’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention program on Monday evening,

May
13

Piedmont HealthCare installs First Fuji Film Scenaria View CT Scanner

Special to Iredell Free News In an effort to keep up with the latest advances in healthcare, the Piedmont HealthCare Imaging Center has installed the first First Fuji Film Scenaria

May
12

Health Beat: Don’t ignore serious stroke warning sign

Special to Iredell Free News You probably know that your brain, like all areas of your body, needs a constant supply of blood to keep it going. Delivering necessary nutrients

Apr
29

Health Beat: Occupational therapists help patients master basic life skills

 Special to Iredell Free News After an accident, surgery, or illness, you may need some help getting back into the swing of daily life. While physical therapy can help you

Apr
20

Fight the Bite: Warmer weather leads to greater risk for tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — State health officials are raising awareness of tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses with the arrival of warmer weather. According to preliminary data, in 2021

Apr
12

Health Beat: Knowing the difference between X-rays, CT scans and Ultrasounds

Special to Iredell Free News Have you ever broken a bone playing sports, gotten into an automobile accident, or slipped and had a hard fall? If so, your doctor probably

Apr
06

Health Beat: How stress affects the brain?

Special to Iredell Free News It’s common to feel stressed. That overwhelming, chest tightening, burst of energy feeling is familiar to everyone. Whether you’re busy at work, managing your finances,

Mar
28

Health Beat: What to expect from a colonoscopy

Special to Iredell Free News  When your doctor tells you it’s time to get your first colonoscopy, your initial thoughts may be those of worry and apprehension. Though you may

Mar
21

Health Beat: Managing your weight through lifestyle changes

Special to Iredell Free News At some point in your life, you’ve probably felt inclined to start a new diet or try that new fitness trend you’ve seen online in