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Health Insurance Coming To A Strip Mall Near You

Aug 11, 2013

Soon you'll be able to shop for books, shoes, video games – and health insurance – all in the same shopping center. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening retail stores in a handful of strip malls.


Richard Sabel

More than two-thirds of North Carolina adults are overweight or obese, and our state has waged a war against fat with the Eat Smart Move More campaign and its obesity prevention plan. But not everyone agrees with this. "Fat-activism" - It’s a growing movement of fat people and "fat-supporters" who say It is possible to be both fat and healthy. Programs that target and shame obese people can lead to unfair discrimination in the workforce, the schoolyard, and even in the medical field. The American Medical Association listed obesity as a disease last month, but these activists say "weight" and "heath" are two separate things. Will the push for fat-acceptance help reduce discrimination and bullying, or could it lead to a society of overweight Americans? We’ll speak with two “fat-activists” as well as a kinesiologist to find out more when Charlotte Talks.

'Solace' For Afghani Kids In Lake Norman

Jul 25, 2013
Tasnim Shamma

This week, about 20 kids from Afghanistan are flying back home after spending six weeks in the Lake Norman area. They were here to get medical treatment they otherwise would not have received. Some have sustained war wounds from roadside bombs and others suffer from chronic illness. While here, the kids stay with host families.


North Carolinians should soon have an easier time understanding their medical bills and comparing the cost of common procedures at different hospitals. Those are among the goals of legislation the General Assembly passed Thursday.


Michael Tomsic

Almost all children who survive cancer have at least one chronic health condition when they’re adults, and those conditions are often serious and undiagnosed.

Those are among the findings of a study that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital released this summer. Some of the survivors who took part in it live in the Charlotte area.

Charles Landis still has the X-rays from when he was six years old. At his house in Cornelius, he pulls one out of a folder.

“This is an old X-ray from 1977,” Landis said.     

Cancer drug makers should do a much better job explaining how their new products will impact patients' symptoms and quality of life. That's the message from a UNC doctor in a recent online piece in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Ethan Basch of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center says whenever he meets with patients, one of their first questions is about how a certain drug will make them feel. 

The North Carolina Senate passed a bill Wednesday with new restrictions and regulations for abortion clinics. Republicans behind the bill say those are necessary steps for women's safety. WFAE's Michael Tomsic looked into that claim.


Eat like a caveman. That's what some doctors are recommending. Stick to lean meats, fruits and vegetables. Cut out refined grains and sugar. Dr. Philip Goscienski is one of them, the "Stone Age Doc" says our cavemen ancestors had the right idea and if we followed the simple ways they lived by, we'd live healthier, longer lives. We'll talk with him about that and meet the founder of a local company who's helping people do just that. Is "paleo" an effective movement towards a healthier life or the oldest fad diet of all time? And in a fast-food, pre-packaged world, can we really cut out sugar and grains? We go back to the cave, when Charlotte Talks.

Michael Tomsic

Starting next week, Mecklenburg County’s public health department will once again be run by the county. Carolinas HealthCare System has staffed and operated that department for about 18 years. It provides a wide variety of services, including flu shots, cancer screenings and health care in CMS schools.


N.C. Insurance Companies Pay $10 Million In Rebates

Jun 20, 2013

Almost 200,000 North Carolinians will get reimbursed a tiny portion of what they paid in health insurance premiums last year. Insurance companies will pay back an average of $87 per family because of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.


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