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August 29, 2017

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best,…


Stress can affect children’s brains

July 18, 2017

ASHEVILLE — A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom.

The safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for her and the other preschoolers at the Verner Center for…


Milk banks need more donors to help preemies

July 08, 2017

CARY — Learning to breast-feed her newborn son Max brought Amy Hambright to tears — and they were not happy tears.

The experience was frustrating and painful for both mother and child. Max had a shallow latch in which the nipple didn’t get to the back of his palate, and Hambright…


Zika virus still a threat for mothers

July 04, 2017

WASHINGTON  — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but do not let your guard down — especially if you are pregnant or trying to be.

While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year’s peak in parts of Latin America and the…