State OKs mental health hospital in Huntersville

The hospital will be built off NC 115 at Verhoeff Road, south of downtown Huntersville.

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Carolinas HealthCare System said Friday that the state has approved its plans to build a 66-bed psychiatric hospital off NC 115 in Huntersville, near CHC’s Huntersville Oaks Nursing Home.

The hospital system said the state-permitted beds will transferred from in-patient psychiatric beds currently at Broughton Hospital in Morganton.

The new hospital will have 155 full-time employees. It’s expected to cost $33 million and will be off N.C. 115 at Verhoeff Drive. Read the full story

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FTC orders refunds for those who bought ‘muscle-toning’ shoes

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Easytone shoe sole by Reebok.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, charged Reebok with making claims about EasyTone and RunTone shoes that the company couldn’t support. According to the FTC, Reebok claimed that using these products would strengthen and tone leg and butt muscles. To settle the case, Reebok has agreed to pay $25 million for refunds to people who bought Reebok toning shoes or apparel. Read the full story

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Hospital auxiliary hosts open house for volunteers

Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
MOORESVILLE – The Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host an Open House for adults interested in becoming a hospital volunteer Thursday, November 10, from 2-4 p.m. in the hospital’s Community Room B. Read the full story

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Hospital auxiliary announces new leaders

Mickelson and Wood

Mickelson (left) and Wood

MOORESVILLE – Lake Norman Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently chose Brenda Mickelson as its new volunteer president, and Janet White as president-elect.

Brenda Mickelson has been a volunteer since August of 2010 and will remain the President through the 2011-2012 year, with Janet White by her side. Brenda says, “I am honored to hold this position and am excited to get started.”

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St. Alban’s plans a blood drive Nov. 13

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church will host a Community Blood Drive Sunday, Nov 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are
welcome, or you may make an appointment www.cbcc.us/donate [code: Donor]. For each unit of blood collected, a stuffed puppy will be delivered to a child in a local hospital. St. Alban's is at 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson.

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Have researchers found a way to prevent malaria?

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Mosquito. (Centers for Disease Control)

For years, public health officials have been looking for a way to control malaria, particularly in Africa where it affects millions of people annually. Now scientists say an experimental vaccine appears to help protect children against the deadly malaria parasite, the Washington Post reports.
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