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Fear and panic have taken hold since two American aid workers contracted Ebola. Some well-known Americans complained we never should have brought Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly to the U.S. Others spread fear by implying the virus can be transmitted by sitting next to someone on an airplane or that quarantines should be ordered for anyone returning from West Africa.

When Dr. Amy Saltzman counsels parents and children about how to change self-destructive behavior, she suggests they learn to come to a “still, quiet place” before they react to challenging circumstances and conflicts.

As a primary care physician, now retired and volunteering at free clinics, Dr. Ed Weisbart sees plenty of evidence that the U.S. health care system isn’t working.

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is appealing for blood from African-Americans, particularly to help those with sickle cell disease.

A surprising discovery about mice has lead to new research in humans.

Administrators closely review surveys that ask patients questions, such as whether hospital rooms were clean and nurses were attentive.

Mention parents sleeping with their infants, and you get a lot of debate.

A federal advisory committee recommended Medicare should not reimburse for lung cancer screening with CT scans, which concerns radiologists in Charlotte who support such screening for early detection.

Elinor Caddell, was one of 11 graduates in that inaugural class at Charlotte Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center) in 1944, and she went on to help found the UNC Charlotte nursing school, touching the lives of thousands of nurses.

For 20 years in Charlotte, Dr. Ray Drury has practiced a type of chiropractic care that focuses on the upper cervical spine. To mark that anniversary, he has published a book called “The Best-Kept Secret in Health Care. ”

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Karen Garloch
Karen Garloch writes on Health for The Charlotte Observer. Her column appears each Tuesday.