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November 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS — Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room.

Wrong decision, according to her health insurer. Wrenne was diagnosed with a…


Gene therapy study offers hope for infant disease

November 07, 2017

WASHINGTON— A first attempt at gene therapy for a disease that leaves babies unable to move, swallow and, eventually, breathe has extended the tots’ lives, and some began to roll over, sit and stand on their own, researchers reported Wednesday.

Only 15 babies with spinal muscular…


Hospital’s safety rating improves

November 03, 2017

Nash UNC Health Care received good news on its latest biannual Leapfrog safety grade, though the news was not as good as it wanted.

The hospital returned to a C safety rating for the fall rankings after dropping to a D rating in the spring. This score brings the hospital back to the same C rating…


Dollars targeting opioids hit hurdles

October 31, 2017

Nearly a year after Congress approved an extraordinary $1 billion to tackle the opioid crisis, the money that poured into all 50 states is gradually reaching places where it can do some good, but with some setbacks and delays along the way.

In some locations, people addicted to opioids are starting…