Jan
18

Health Beat: Severe hypothyroidism can be life-threatening

Special to Iredell Free News Most of us have heard of the thyroid gland, but we may not realize the importance of this gland or what it even really does.

Jan
14

Every household with a prescription opioid in the medicine cabinet should have naloxone available

BY DEBBIE PAGE debbiepage.iredellfreenews@gmail.com At the January Drug-Alcohol Coalition of Iredell meeting on Monday, attendees viewed a Lazarus Project naloxone training video to learn about the importance of Narcan (naloxone)

Jan
11

Starting 2022 on the Right Foot: A Resolution for Exercise

Special to Iredell Free News It’s the beginning of the New Year, and after another challenging year, we’re all ready to make a positive, healthy change. After all, new year,

Jan
08

Health Beat: Understanding RSV and when to seek medical help

Special to Iredell Free News Your baby wakes up with flushed cheeks, warm skin, a runny nose, and a cough. You grab the thermometer and it reads 101 degrees. As

Jan
06

CDC recommends COVID-19 boosters for children ages 12 to 15

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending the Pfizer COVID-19 booster for children ages 12 to 15 to further protect

Jan
05

Iredell Health System now offering robotic arm-assisted joint replacement surgery with Mako SmartRobotics

Special to Iredell Free News Iredell Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Iredell County to offer Mako SmartRobotics, robotic-arm assisted technology that transforms how total knee, partial knee, and

Jan
04

With COVID-19 cases rising, N.C. officials stress importance of getting tested, vaccinated and boosted

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — With cases of COVID-19 reaching record highs and hospitalizations increasing, Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday renewed his call for all North Carolinians to

Dec
29

N.C. health officials encourage boosters as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise across state

NCDHHS provides updated guidance for actions to take after COVID-19 exposure Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — With hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rising, getting a booster of the COVID-19 vaccine

Dec
25

Health Beat: How to combat the holiday blues

Special to Iredell Free News The holiday season is supposed to be a magical time for spreading cheer, creating memories, rekindling relationships, and relaxing after a long year — as

Dec
21

Four more deaths attributed to COVID-19 reported in Iredell County

FROM STAFF REPORTS Iredell County health officials reported four new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Tuesday. Since the onset of the pandemic in March of 2020, a total of 342

Dec
20

NCDHHS secretary issues advisory urging vaccination and boosters against COVID-19 in anticipation of Omicron variant surge

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen issued the following Secretarial Advisory on Monday, urging the following actions

Dec
17

Health Beat: How to prevent slips, trips and falls this winter

Special to Iredell Free News It may not feel like it today, but winter is right around the corner.  Winter weather like ice and snow can be dangerous for anyone,

Dec
11

Health Beat: How to avoid spreading infections that medicine cannot treat

Special to Iredell Free News When you have a bacterial illness like strep throat, antibiotics can cure your infection and help you feel better quickly. However, when used improperly, antibiotics

Dec
10

Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots now available for everyone ages 16 and older

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Eligibility for Pfizer’s COVID-19 booster shot has been expanded to include 16- and 17-year-olds, making safe and effective boosters now available for everyone ages

Dec
01

Gov. Cooper urges North Carolinians to get vaccinated this holiday season

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy K. Cohen are encouraging North Carolinians who have not

Nov
30

Learning to Live with Type 1 Diabetes: One Woman’s Story

Special to Iredell Free News Diabetes is a disease we hear of often. In fact, you likely know a handful of people who have diabetes. Though the word is tossed

Nov
24

Health Department: With COVID-19 cases increasing in our community, it’s important to get vaccinated, remain vigilant

Editor’s Note: The Iredell County Health Department provided the following guidance for the holiday season. Special to Iredell Free News Any scenario in which many people gather together in close

Nov
23

Health Beat: Tips for a healthier Thanksgiving

Special to Iredell Free News It’s hard to stay healthy around the holidays, especially on Thanksgiving. Every year, families gather to give thanks, celebrate togetherness, and have that highly anticipated

Nov
22

NCDHHS: COVID-19 booster shots now available for all vaccinated adults

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends anyone 18 years or older who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine get a

Nov
08

Patient: Radiation therapy provides pain-free treatment for prostate cancer

Special to Iredell Free News When 83-year-old Roosevelt Booker was told he needed to receive radiation treatment for prostate cancer, he was willing to try anything to get better. Booker

Nov
06

COVID-19 vaccine now available for children ages 5 to 11 at Iredell County Health Department

Editor’s Note: The Iredell County Health Department provided the following information. Special to Iredell Free News The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available at the Iredell County Health Department for

Nov
03

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine now available for children ages 5 to 11

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — Children ages 5 to 11 can now receive a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a lower

Nov
02

Flu vaccine offers protection from serious illness, and can prevent hospitalization for those with chronic health conditions

Special to Iredell Free News Did you forget about the flu? It’s true — last year, we saw much fewer flu cases than usual, and especially during the pandemic, this

Oct
25

Respiratory therapists save lives one breath at a time

Special to Iredell Free News Breathing is a natural part of our everyday life. We do it habitually, without even thinking about it. Breathe in, breathe out — seems easy,

Oct
18

Mobility Specialists: Physical therapists help restore and maintain physical function

Special to Iredell Free News Have you ever thought about how many ways there are to simply “move”? From walking to standing and reaching into a cabinet to texting a

Oct
17

Health Beat: Untreated hearing loss can increase risk of falls, dementia

Special to Iredell Free  News October is National Audiology Awareness Month and Piedmont HealthCare Ear, Nose and Throat is urging the public to be aware of the importance of good

Oct
16

Iredell Imaging at Mooresville earns gold seal mammography accreditation

Special to Ired Free News Do you know someone who has had breast cancer? Like many of us, your answer is most likely yes. You may even know multiple people

Oct
11

Health Beat: Good nutrition provides foundation for a long, healthy life

Special to Iredell Free News What comes to mind when you think of the word “diet?” A quick Google search on diet reveals several definitions. Two of which involve the

Oct
04

Nonprofit FOODiversity working to address food insecurity in an often overlooked community

Special to Iredell Free News “Food Is Medicine” is a common headline and second nature to many. Yet many people struggle every day to find affordable and nutritious food. Add

Oct
02

Iredell Health System welcomes new clinical social worker to Iredell Psychiatry

Special to Iredell Free News Licensed clinical social worked Cassandra Allen has joined the practice at Iredell Psychiatry, which is part of the Iredell Physician Network. Allen (MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A,

Sep
29

Iredell County Health Department offering booster doses of Pfizer vaccine for at-risk populations

Special to Iredell Free News The Iredell County Health Department is now offering booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 for certain at-risk populations. Studies show that after getting

Sep
27

PAD Awareness Month: Take off your socks at your next doctor’s appointment

Special to Iredell Free News That leg pain you experience while exercising may seem like no big deal. However, this often-ignored pain can be an indication of a much more

Sep
26

Health Beat: Primary care providers can spot medical conditions before they become serious problems

Special to Iredell Free News When you start to feel under the weather and cannot seem to kick the cold, where is the first place you go? Many people will

Sep
25

PHC Physician Spotlight: Dr. Amanda Pugh joins General Surgery practice (Video)

Special to Iredell Free News Dr. Amanda M. Pugh has joined the Piedmont HealthCare’s General Surgery practice with one of PHC’s most tenured general surgeons, Dr. James Foxworthy. “We are

Sep
25

Health officials urge Iredell residents to get flu vaccine to reduce burden on healthcare system

Editor’s Note: The Iredell County Health Department provided the following health advice for the upcoming flu season. Special to Iredell Free News The Iredell County Health Department works tirelessly to

Sep
23

Iredell Health System welcomes new physician to Iredell Internal Medicine

Special to Iredell Free News Dr. Samuel J. Stelmach has joined the practice at Iredell Internal Medicine. Stelmach is board-certified in internal medicine with four years of experience. He believes in a