Health http://wfae.org en President Obama Announces Executive Actions To Fix VA Hospitals http://wfae.org/post/president-obama-announces-executive-actions-fix-va-hospitals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Barack Obama was in Charlotte today to introduce the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and to announce that he will sign 19 new executive actions to help veterans.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He spoke to a packed hall of veterans with the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center during their national conference.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:36:56 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 57585 at http://wfae.org President Obama Announces Executive Actions To Fix VA Hospitals Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban http://wfae.org/post/residents-express-approval-county-smoking-ban <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and </span>greenways<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:15:39 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 56696 at http://wfae.org Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban Missionaries, Children Quarantined In Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/missionaries-children-quarantined-charlotte <p>Several American missionaries serving in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak are now in Charlotte. They're healthy, but they'll remain in quarantine as a precaution.</p><p>A chartered flight from Liberia touched down at Charlotte-Douglas airport late Sunday night. Three missionaries were on board who are part of SIM, a Christian organization based here in Charlotte.</p><p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:37:02 +0000 Michael Tomsic 56692 at http://wfae.org Missionaries, Children Quarantined In Charlotte Hyperspecialization In Youth Sports http://wfae.org/post/hyperspecialization-youth-sports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Youth sports are definitely not the same as a generation or two ago. Gone are the days when kids could play whatever sport was in season, and could go from town sports all the way through high school, and sometimes college, without the benefit of private instructors, tournament teams and scouts. Today, kids are pushed to choose one sport at an early age and play that sport all year round if they have hope to play in high school (or even middle school). But that competitive strategy may physically damage kids, and may be more detrimental to kids' athletic prowess than helpful. Our panel talks about the pressure to specialize and why that may not be best for children.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 56320 at http://wfae.org Hyperspecialization In Youth Sports NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-moves-closer-house-governor-medicaid-overhaul <p>North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:42:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic 55051 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Moves Closer To House, Governor On Medicaid Overhaul Personalized Medicine: The Future Of Medicine? http://wfae.org/post/personalized-medicine-future-medicine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Experts in the medical field are hopeful that we are getting ever closer to the day when treatment for whatever ails you will be personalized.&nbsp; Personalized medicine is a relatively new field of research, some of which is taking place in Charlotte.&nbsp; If perfected, it would replace the one-size-fits-all approach and, based on a simple blood or urine test, provide treatment targeted just to you.&nbsp; We talk about this pioneering approach with those on the cutting edge of research.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 54732 at http://wfae.org Personalized Medicine: The Future Of Medicine? Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward http://wfae.org/post/fast-tracked-bipartisan-nc-bill-pushes-water-lawsuits-forward <p>A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:34:39 +0000 Ben Bradford 53550 at http://wfae.org Fast-tracked, Bipartisan NC Bill Pushes Water Lawsuits Forward NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model http://wfae.org/post/nc-leaders-agreement-overhauling-medicaid-payment-model <p>North Carolina is poised to overhaul how it pays for doctor's visits and other physical health services under Medicaid. Governor Pat McCrory, state House and Senate leaders agree on that front, although they still need to work out differences in their broader plans for Medicaid.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:46:56 +0000 Michael Tomsic 53344 at http://wfae.org NC Leaders In Agreement On Overhauling Medicaid Payment Model Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate http://wfae.org/post/budgets-passed-haggling-begins-nc-governor-house-and-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise http://wfae.org/post/obamacare-enrollment-was-too-old-nc-so-premiums-will-likely-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina's largest health insurance company says enrollment through the new exchange that's part of the Affordable Care Act missed expectations, and that means premiums on the exchange will likely rise.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 12:53:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Kevin Kniestedt 50595 at http://wfae.org Obamacare Enrollment Was Too Old In NC, So Premiums Will Likely Rise