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November is American Diabetes Month. This year’s theme, “A Day in the Life of Diabetes,” is a reminder that quitting smoking is one way a tobacco user with diabetes can live healthier and longer.

In the United States, the annual cost of diagnosed diabetes is a staggering $245 billion, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). This figure includes direct medical costs and loss of productivity.

Smoking not only increases a person’s chance of developing type two diabetes, but makes both types of diabetes harder to control.


Local government leaders across Western North Carolina are joining together in hopes of having more control over funding allocations to Smoky Mountain Center, the region's agency in charge of managing mental health services for the area.

Macon County joined other local counties such as Jackson and Clay in passing a resolution urging the state Department of Health and Human Services, the General Assembly and the governor to delay, revisit, and revise the requirements concerning the governance and appointment of elected county officials as board members to the Smoky Mountain LME/MCO Board of Directors.


Last Wednesday, Angel Medical Center (AMC) invited members of the community to attend the “topping” ceremony for the new cancer center that will be located between Riverview Street and the Depot Street Extension.

Attendees were able to celebrate the hoisting of the first beam by signing their names and/or loved ones’ names on to the steel as a way to commemorate the event.

AMC CEO Jim Bross addressed those in attendance, expounding on the steps that AMC, along with Mission Healthcare System, has taken to make the center a reality.


While October is nationally recognized as being breast cancer awareness month, it serves a dual purpose as also being liver cancer awareness month.

Over the last several decades, the percentage of Americans developing liver cancer has been slowly rising. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 30,640 new cases (22,720 in men and 7,920 in women) will be diagnosed with primary liver cancer and intrahepatic bile duct cancer in the United States in 2013 and about 21,670 people (14,890 men and 6,780 women) will die of these cancers.


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