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Last week, one of my colleagues woke up in the middle of the night worrying about Ebola. Here’s my advice.

This year, enterovirus D68 is unusually prevalent. This is the largest outbreak ever and is causing particular problems for children with asthma. But most people who contract enterovirus D68 will think they just caught a cold and never know exactly what caused it.

In 1986, after seven years as editor-in-chief of Esquire, Phillip Moffitt gave it all up to pursue his inner life.

Joining a growing number of health care providers across the country, Carolinas HealthCare System will for the first time this fall require flu vaccinations for its 35,000 Charlotte-area employees.

When Dr. Brian Skotko addresses the Carolinas Down Syndrome Conference this weekend, one of his favorite parts will be the workshop for brothers and sisters.

Most people think Apple founder Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer. But Maryann Wahmann wants everyone to know he really died of neuroendocrine cancer of the pancreas.

On Sept. 19, experts will address the healthy – and sometimes unhealthy – aspects of social media for children at a daylong Charlotte conference. Speakers will address the psychological effects of social media and the potential for online predators and cyberbullying.

The benefits of an annual pelvic exam for woman were called into question earlier this year. OB/GYNs immediately affirmed support for annual exams. Doctors from Novant Health Bradford Clinic, Charlotte’s oldest OB/GYN clinic, issued a news release. “This is a giant step backwards,” said Dr. Scott Schneider. “Those of us that do them feel this is a very important part of a woman’s health assessment.”

In her Charlotte pediatrics practice, Dr. Sheila Kilbane sees a lot of children with food allergies, attention deficit disorder, sensory integration disorder and asthma.

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.

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