Jan
31

Cervical Cancer Awareness: Understanding the HPV Vaccine

Special to Iredell Free News Close to 14,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually. Of those, 4,000 die every year. Many of us are vaccinated

Jan
24

Health Beat: Prioritizing self-care can lead to improved physical, mental health

Special to Iredell Free News The virtue of selflessness has been instilled in many of us from an early age. We are taught to take care of others and to

Jan
18

Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County partners with CATS to produce free caregiver training videos

Special to Iredell Free News Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC) recently partnered with the Iredell-Statesville Schools Career Academy & Technical School (CATS) to develop a series of

Jan
13

High levels of community transmission of COVID-19 reported in Iredell County

Special to Iredell Free News The Iredell County Health Department is reporting high levels of community transmission of COVID-19, and health officials are encouraging residents to take steps to protect

Jan
11

NCDHHS offering free residential radon test kits

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed January as National Radon Action Month to help educate people about how to reduce their risk of lung

Jan
09

Resolving to Quit: Tips for Smoking Cessation

Special to Iredell Free News Many of us have set a resolution to become the best version of ourselves — whether that’s starting a new, healthy habit or breaking an

Jan
04

NC MedAssist, Iredell County Health Department to provide free over-the-counter medication in Mooresville on January 13

Special to Iredell Free News NC MedAssist and the Iredell County Health Department are partnering to provide a Mobile Free Pharmacy and Health Fair event in Iredell County on Friday,

Jan
01

Health Beat: Make 2023 the year you stick to your resolutions

Special to Iredell Free News Are you planning to ring in 2023 with a healthy New Year’s resolution? Maybe your resolution is to manage your weight, eat better, start exercising,

Dec
22

Health Beat: Five tips for a happy, healthy holiday season

Special to Iredell Free News If you find it difficult to stay healthy around the holidays, you’re not alone. Maintaining healthy lifestyle goals and avoiding sicknesses is especially difficult during

Dec
13

Iredell Health System launches cancer rehab program

Special to Iredell Free News Adjusting to the physical demands of life with cancer or managing your wellbeing as a cancer survivor is no easy feat. You need support and

Dec
07

Health Beat: What to do if someone gives you the flu this holiday season

Special to Iredell Free News Giving and receiving gifts with friends and family is fun during the holidays, but you may come home from your holiday party with more than

Dec
04

Health Beat: Frequent heartburn can be sign of serious health concern

Special to Iredell Free News Are you one of the more than 60 million Americans that experience heartburn at least once a month?  Heartburn is that irritating, burning sensation in

Nov
26

Health Beat: Early detection key to managing COPD

Special to Iredell Free News Imagine running a marathon while breathing through a small coffee stirrer straw. This is how many people living with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Nov
12

Health Beat: Dispelling common myths about diabetes

Special to Iredell Free News More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, and nearly 1.5 million people are newly diagnosed each year. And, according to Amy

Nov
02

NCDHHS reports state’s first pediatric flu death of 2022-2023 season, urges vaccination for everyone ages 6 months and older

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first pediatric death from flu for the 2022-2023 flu season. A child

Oct
27

NCDHHS reports state’s first flu death of 2022-2023 season, stresses importance of getting vaccinated

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first flu-related death of the 2022-2023 flu season. An adult in the

Oct
23

Health Beat: Understanding Internal Medicine

Special to Iredell Free News If you are looking for a new primary care provider, you may notice that some providers have “internal medicine” listed under their names. This can

Oct
19

‘I’m finally doing things I want to do’

Statesville woman thankful for cardiologist who discovered heart condition Special to Iredell Free News Imagine your breathing is so labored that it’s difficult for you to walk or move. Completing

Oct
17

NCDHHS: Updated COVID-19 booster becoming available for kids ages 5 to 11

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Teens and children ages 5 and older can now receive the updated COVID-19 booster, which is specifically made to protect against the latest

Oct
06

Health officials urge North Carolinians to get flu vaccinations before seasonal spike

Special to Iredell Free News Public health officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are seeing a decrease in flu vaccinations compared to previous years and urge

Oct
02

NCDHHS confirms state’s first West Nile Virus death of 2022

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Health officials from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services have confirmed the state’s first death this year associated with West Nile

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