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

Mar
10

Health Beat: Spicing up your diet can have health benefits

Special to Iredell Free News Have you ever found yourself tired of a certain food or not excited about your meals and snacks? If this sounds like you, you may

Feb
27

Health Beat: Stigma associated with eating disorders can be barrier to treatment

Special to Iredell Free News If you were to ask several people to describe the physical appearance of a person with an eating disorder, you would most likely receive very

Feb
21

No Time to Waste: Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Special to Iredell Free News You’ve just woken up and have a burning sensation in your chest, but realize it goes away after a few minutes. You remember you had

Feb
15

CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for immunocompromised individuals

Special to Iredell Free News RALEIGH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised. Emerging

Feb
14

Health Beat: Five steps toward a healthy heart for women

Special to Iredell Free News A woman plays many different roles throughout her life — whether it be as a wife, a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a co-worker, or

Feb
02

Piedmont HealthCare’s Lake Norman ENT physicians now performing outpatient procedures at Iredell Mooresville campus

Special to Iredell Free News As healthcare costs continue to rise, more physicians are looking for ways to save their patients time and money. The physicians at Piedmont HealthCare’s Lake

Feb
01

Health Beat: Stop cervical cancer before it starts

Special to Iredell Free News As a woman, receiving an “abnormal” test result from your OBGYN can be scary. Luckily, there are several minor reasons your test can come back

Jan
27

Health Beat: What to expect from infusion therapy

Special to Iredell Free News When you are ill, oral antibiotics can be a great solution to get you feeling better as soon as possible. But what if you have

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