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Grant to help renovate SRMC floor

LUMBERTON — Sixty-three years after it was first built, the fourth floor of the Southeastern Regional Medical Center will be receiving a major face-lift thanks in part to a recently announced $500,000 grant.The Building Reuse Grant, which has been awarded to Southeastern Health and the City of Lumberton from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and was announced during a conference at the medical center on Friday, will be used to renovate a portion of the medical center&...

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Nurse practitioner’s quick thinking saves Lumberton teen

CLARKTON — Dakota Winstead had almost gotten used to having migraines. But over the course of time, those migraines came more often, lasted too long and brought on other symptoms. That’s when he was all but forced to get it checked out, and what he was told immediately changed his life.The nagging migraine was a benign tumor pressing on his brain stem.“I was having really bad headaches,” said the 19-year-old Winstead. “I thought it was my wi...

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Let them have sports

On my way to Greensboro for a meeting this week , I did my usual morning ritual and tuned in to Mike and Mike on ESPN radio. Since it is All Star break, the discussion for the most part was baseball. The guys were speaking with Tim Kurkjian, who is their resident baseball expert.The topic was elbow injuries in pitchers and how they are on the rise. One of the contributing factors is that boys start pitching at a very early age and just plain wear their arms out. The other is that k...

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Mosquitoes prefer particular people

The number of chikungunya virus human cases transmitted via mosquitoes has risen to seven in North Carolina. On June 23, clinicians were required to report cases of chikungunya — which means “bent out of shape” — immediately. Robeson has had no cases reported. All cases are linked to travel in the Caribbean; perhaps we just have not had any unlucky travelers yet.Worldwide, there have been 130,000 cases and a vaccine is close to being finalized by a company i...

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Health briefs

Red Cross to holdblood drive SaturdayLUMBERTON — The local chapter of the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Saturday at Burnt Swamp Baptist Church, located at 4633 N.C. 72 West in Lumberton, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.Vision, hearingscreens offeredMAXTON — The Maxton Lions Club is offering free vision and hearing screenings for adults and children on Wednesday...

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7 steps can lead to healther lifestyle

This column originally appeared in The Robesonian on July 29, 2012 — editor.As I have said for years, there is no secret or magic pill to help you get in shape, lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle. And no matter how many infomercials you are bombarded with, no matter how many “new” products people try to sell you, the only true way to do these things and do them the right way is to make the decision that you want to do something about it and commit t...

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SeHealth recognized for employee wellness

Southeastern Health was recently honored for its employee wellness programs.The organization was awarded 2014 Excellence Recognition by Prevention Partners, in partnership with The Duke Endowment, as part of the WorkHealthy America initiative.According to Prevention Partners, Southeastern Health achieved this recognition by earning straight A’s in four modules of the initiative: addressing tobacco use, physical activity, nutrition, and the overall culture around he...

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Health briefs

Dance campheld in JulyPEMBROKE — The 2014 Dance for Health Summer Camp will take place at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke from July 14 to July 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The camp is for girls ages 8 to 14 years old.Activities will include self-esteem building, nail care, healthy relationship information, safety summer tips, yoga, goal-setting, dance recital and more. Campers will also learn jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and praise dan...

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Mosquito-related viruses soon at their highest peak

July to September represents the period of time when the various arboviruses are at their peak. Again, these are viruses transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Most use birds as a reservoir — a mosquito infects a bird, and another mosquito bites the bird and then bites a human — but Chikungunya in particular does not.In 2013, West Nile Virus was the most common virus in the United States with 1,613 out of 2,469 reported cases resulting in hospitalization or death (...

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The 411 on H2O

This past weekend I was in Charlotte at the Powerade State Games. My youngest daughter, Nikki, and two of her Lumberton Senior High School teammates were playing soccer for the North Squad. The games were at Queens University on a field that was made of rubber and in a bowl, so there was no breeze.The on-field temperature for all three of their games was 102. Combine that temperature with two 40-minute halves of soccer, and the girls were wiped out. During the contests, the officia...

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