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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…


Too early for forecast on Lyme disease

July 11, 2017

NEW YORK  — Tick populations are exploding? Tick-borne diseases are on the rise?

Some recent headlines suggest Americans are facing a particularly bad year for tick bites and illnesses, but the evidence is patchy and the science complicated. 

What may be true in one part of the…


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…