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Volunteer applications acceptedLUMBERTON — Applications for the 2014 Southeastern Health Junior Volunteer program are now being accepted.To be eligible to participate in the program, students entering the ninth grade or higher in the fall must have at least an 80 percent grade point average and be between the ages of 14 and 18 on June 1. The first 50 students who meet all requirements and turn in a completed application by April 30 will be accepted. Applications ar...

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Cancer symptoms often go unnoticed

LUMBERTON — Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.Ask the more than 100,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, thyroid, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 13,000 lives ...

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‘Put down those chocolate bunnies’

Several things led me to write this article. First off, today is Easter Sunday and it may be safe to say that if you have kids they may be getting a basket full of candy right now. Second, since this upcoming week is spring break for our schools, many of you have to think of ways to keep your kids occupied while they’re not in school. And finally, my wife and I recently enrolled our daughter in kindergarten.So what do all of these things have in common and why did it prompt m...

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Spine procedure can improve life

LUMBERTON — The World Health Organization recently cited osteoporosis as second only to cardiovascular disease as a leading international health care problem. Yet, many of the 44 million Americans who are at risk for osteoporosis are unaware that they have the disease until they fracture a bone. Each year 700,000 patients in the U.S. suffer from spinal fractures because of osteoporosis, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation,Once a patient suffers one vertebral com...

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Event focuses on children with special needs

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Health Department and Lumberton Children’s Clinic recently coordinated an effort to share information and resources to benefit children in the area with special health care needs.At the “Lunch and Learn” event, Kathryn McDaniel, school nurse supervisor for Robeson County schools; April Oxendine, coordinator of the Innovative Approaches program; and Billena Richards, Carolina Access project manager and Innovative Approaches co-c...

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Health care tips offeredLUMBERTON — Learn about medical decisions that need to be made before illness on Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the retail space beside Belk at Biggs Park Mall. Rev. Dean Carter, pastoral care services coordinator for Southeastern Health, will share information about advance directives, living wills and health care power of attorney.A free breakfast will be served. The event is sponsored by Biggs Park Mall and Southeastern Health’s Community Hea...

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Pembroke clinic moving to new location on May 1

PEMBROKE — Southeastern Urgent Care Pembroke, an affiliate of Southeastern Health, will move from Candy Park Road and open in its new location at the Southeastern Health Pembroke facility on May 1.The urgent care center, which is moving to 923 W. Third St., offers walk-in treatment of a variety of conditions, including coughs, colds, fever, sprains, minor fractures and cuts as well as X-ray services. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sat...

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Take workout with morning coffee

“I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting my pantyhose on fire.”— AnonymousWhether you are skipping, running, walking or lifting, did you know the best time of the day to work out is the early morning?Since the time change, my golf addiction is in full swing, so evening workouts have fallen by the wayside. I am in the process of switching my workouts to the early morning. So far, the intent is ...

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Protect yourself against ticks and mosquitoes

In addition to the first week of April being recognized as Public Health Week, April is also recognized as Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month.Tick and Mosquito Awareness Month reminds us that tick-borne diseases — like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and ehrichiosis — and mosquito-borne diseases — like La Crosse, West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis — are preventable conditions in both humans and animals. As in the past, the following activiti...

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Southeastern tabs 2 for leadership positions

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health has announced appointments to two newly created leadership positions.Steven R. Baratta will serve as chief managed care and business development officer and Nathan G. Stephens as chief compliance officer.Baratta, an Illinois native who grew up in California, earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration, both from San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif....

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Spring Fling on TuesdayLUMBERTON — Southeastern Hospice will host its annual Spring Fling event — this year themed ‘Preparing You for the Great Getaway’ — on Tuesday at Pinecrest Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and shopping for unique graduation, Mother’s Day and wedding gifts.Sessions will be offered on the following topics: getting your body in shape; dressing for your body type; accessories: how to wear and st...

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Don’t let the pollen turn you green this season

Well it had to start sooner or later, but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept — I started to notice pollen on my car windshield in the morning.What makes it even more difficult to handle is knowing that this is just the start. The worst part is that the experts say that because of our relatively tough and extended winter, this year’s allergy season will be a rough one. But like anything, if you can’t change the facts, change the way you deal with it inst...

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Wesley Pines residents log miles for woman

LUMBERTON — In honor of a Pennsylvania woman grieving her husbands’ death, residents of Wesley Pines Retirement Community walked, ran and swam 1,174.2 miles as part of a nationwide challenge to surpass 1,310 miles of cardiovascular exercise in one month.The community was one of 57 senior living communities managed by either Life Care Services or CRSA to participate in Project 1310, held from Feb. 17 to March 18.

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Easy choices could lift Robeson’s health standing

Health rankings came out this week and to no one’s surprise Robeson remains 97th out of North Carolina’s 100 counties in health.Let me relate this to another event — the NASCAR Championship. NASCAR is constantly fine-tuning its selection criteria to determine the yearlong champion. For this year, some of the provisions are that the driver must win one of the races during the year and then there would be a tournament at that end of the year. One of the drivers said...

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Exercise to combat effects of menopause

Question of the day: Where did the phenomenon known as “menopause” get its name?It is called menopause because every time a women who is menopausal hears a man speak, she needs to pause before she clobbers him!All joking aside, for many women, menopause can be sort of miserable. As in everything in life, it can be managed but exercise is an essential component.According to the experts, hormone production in women starts to slow down around age 30 a...

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Woods to join St. Pauls clinic

ST. PAULS — LaToya N. Woods recently joined the medical staff of Southeastern Health and provides care at Southeastern Medical Clinic St. Pauls.Woods also serves as a faculty member with Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, where she assists with the osteopathic manipulative medicine lab and hosts medical students in rotations at the St. Pauls clinic as part of their early clinical experience.

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Spring Flingcomes April 8LUMBERTON — Southeastern Hospice will host its annual Spring Fling event — this year themed ‘Preparing You for the Great Getaway’ — on April 8 at Pinecrest Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and shopping for unique graduation, Mother’s Day and wedding gifts.Sessions will be offered on the following topics: getting your body in shape; dressing for your body type; accessories: how t...

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