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Autoimmune Diseases: Why We Can’t Ignore This Major Health Issue

Autoimmune Diseases: Why We Can’t Ignore This Major Health Issue

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease, resulting in costs of around $100 billion every year. 75% of sufferers are women – In fact, autoimmune conditions are a top 10 killer of...

According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA), 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease, resulting in costs of around $100 billion every year.

75% of sufferers are women – In fact, autoimmune conditions are a top 10 killer of women under the age of 65, establishing this as a major healthcare issue we just can’t afford to ignore.

Many of the diseases are hereditary, so it’s important to increase awareness of the disorders to help each generation with faster diagnosis and treat the diseases as soon as possible to get them under control.

Medical Marijuana in North Carolina – An Update

Medical Marijuana in North Carolina – An Update

Changes in health care have been hitting the headlines in recent months. One of the most controversial topics being debated is the legalization of medical marijuana and how the law varies from state to state. It should also be noted that legalization is under state...

One of the most controversial topics being debated is the legalization of medical marijuana and how the law varies from state to state.

Medical marijuana’ is the use of the marijuana plant to treat medical symptoms, rather than to induce a ‘high’.

In North Carolina, possession of medical marijuana is currently illegal.

Twenty-nine states currently have legalized medical marijuana policies in place under state law.

Conditions permitted to have symptoms treated with medical marijuana varies from state to state, but some of the most common include HIV, AIDS, Arthritis, Glaucoma, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Epilepsy, Cancer and other chronic conditions.
However, a bill (which you can read in full here) introduced in February in the North Carolina General Assembly, aims to address the legalization of medical marijuana under state law.
Vaccines – North Carolina Immunizations for Children

Vaccines – North Carolina Immunizations for Children

As any parent knows, choosing which vaccines to give your child can depend on the immunizations required in your state, their age and personal feelings about vaccine safety. We’ve broken down some of the facts and where you can find the best resources available about...

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the majority of parents in the US are still choosing to immunize their children against specific diseases, but uptake can vary depending on the condition they’re receiving a vaccine for.

In most states, children must receive certain immunizations before they attend school, unless exempt for medical or religious reasons.

The North Carolina Immunization Branch has clear guidelines for residents on which vaccines for children are both required and recommended.

There are 16 diseases in the U.S. which could be potentially harmful (or even deadly) if not immunized against, but only some of these are mandatory depending on the state you live in.