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Debby Cowan, Pharm. D., Director of Pharmacy for Angel Medical Center, has just had an article published in the American Journal of Health- System Pharmacy in its January 2011 issue.

The article explores the job satisfaction of hospital pharmacists and the importance of job satisfaction to include more satisfied patients. Cowan states in the article, “... higher job satisfaction may result in increased productivity, a higher quality of work, and ultimately, more satisfied patients.”

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RALEIGH – North Carolina environmental health officials are advising residents and travelers to learn about bedbugs and ways to avoid them after the recent surge of bedbug infestations nationwide.

“Bedbugs are returning with a vengeance as recent reports of them in hotels, college dormitories and apartments attest,” said Dr. Nolan Newton, Public Health Pest Management Section chief. “These pests can be anywhere, so it is important to stop them at the door. While bedbugs are not believed to carry diseases, their bites can itch, leading to scratching, which could lead to a skin infection.

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MedWest Health System will open an Urgent Care Center in August in a former retail space at Wal-Mart Plaza in Sylva.

The location of the MedWest Urgent Care Center Sylva will be at 176 Wal-Mart Plaza, in a building currently occupied by Rent-A-Center. That business is scheduled to relocate May 1 and renovations on the building are expected to begin immediately after that, said Jeff Lee, director of MedWest’s Urgent Care Centers.

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Wars and natural disasters dominate the world’s daily headlines, but behind the scenes and far from the spotlight, hunger and preventable diseases claim the lives of 24,000 of the world’s children every day. More than one billion people go hungry every day. More than six billion live on the planet. One in six will go hungry tonight.

Why so many? For some families, the only food they have is whatever they can grow themselves. One drought or flood can wipe out a year’s harvest. When it does, there’s no supermarket or food bank they can turn to. Others can barely afford food despite their best efforts. Either way, hunger is anything but yesterday’s problem. For one billion people, it’s a problem right now. But world hunger is 100 percent preventable and teens from several area United Methodist church youth groups are ready to help.

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