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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.

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.

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