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When it comes to relieving the common headache or body aches, it seems as if the cure may be worse for you than the pain it’s supposed to relieve.

Consumption of NSAIDs – common pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Excedrin) – has grown to 70 million prescriptions and 30 billion over-the-counter sales annually. That statistic is disturbing to Michael Sheehan, founder of natural medications company BioResource Inc., because of a study from the Archives of Internal Medicine (AIM) that reveals NSAIDS may play a part in the development of heart disease.

“The risks of NSAIDs are a growing concern,” said Sheehan. “The fact that they may contribute to heart problems is a wake-up call the public needs to take seriously.”


How to manage depression without resorting to anti-depressants

People suffering from depression are often given two choices – medicate it or deal with it. One expert, however, believes there is a third option.

“Those suffering with depression were considered to be self-indulgent and self-obsessed,” said Dr. Gregory Jantz, a licensed mental health counselor and author of Living Beyond Depression ( “Their dark moods were responded to with little patience or understanding. People with depression were often counseled to just ‘cheer up!’

When the ‘get-over-it’ method didn’t seem to work, increasing numbers of sufferers turned to medication. The use of Prozac and other anti-depressant medication has recently skyrocketed. But there is another way, and it doesn’t involve prescription medication, or any of the other age-old ‘remedies,’ such as alcoholism, drug abuse, promiscuity, eating disorders, self-mutilation, and other compulsive behaviors.


Mission Health has signed a five-year lease on the facility at 50 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park, Asheville. Approximately 350 employees will consolidate to this site from multiple locations to improve customer service and internal efficiency.

“This facility will provide the space for expansion that a number of our non-clinical hospital departments need,” said True Morse, Vice President of Facilities with Mission Health. “We are continually looking at ways to improve how our facilities accommodate the functions they house. This is an opportunity to maximize efficiency for the foreseeable future.”

The Revenue Cycle Division, which includes the Patient Financial Services Division, will move to this location. The first group of employees is expected to relocate by the end of March, with the remainder of the moves anticipated by the end of June.


The North Carolina Chapter of March of Dimes, in conjunction with the American Heart Association (AHA) celebrated Valentine’s Day with the introduction of legislation aimed at detecting critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) in infants through pulse oximetry screening. Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive screening test that helps identify newborns with heart defects and potentially save their lives. House Bill 105, introduced by Representative Jim Fulghum (Wake) and a companion Senate Bill to be introduced by Senator Andrew Brock (Davie) will add this simple test to the state newborn screening panel.

“Screening newborns for critical congenital heart disease is a great way to help with early detection. It can improve health outcomes for babies with significant health problems but who appear well in the newborn nursery. Adding it to newborn screening is the perfect way to make sure that all babies are screened, regardless of where they are born in the state,” said Dr. Alex Kemper, associate professor of Pediatrics at Duke University.


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