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New Chatham County Physical Activity Resource Guide is on the wayNew Chatham County Physical Activity Resource Guide is on the way
[May 19, 2009] On June 1, 2009, the Chatham County Physical Activity Resource Guide will be released. The resource guide lists organizations that have facilities for physical activity. The resource guide provides the contact information, address and amenities available for each facility. A county map provides directions to the facilities. By Marissa Jelks
 
Consumer Reports finds that hands-on therapies among top-rated treatments for back painConsumer Reports finds that hands-on therapies among top-rated treatments for back pain
[Apr. 14, 2009] Hands-on therapies are among the top-rated treatments for people suffering with back pain according to a new survey by the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. Fifty-eight percent rated chiropractic/spinal manipulation as helping a lot. And massage (48%) and physical therapy (46%) were close runners up.
 
Chatham Senior Centers offer physical therapy & fall prevention servicesChatham Senior Centers offer physical therapy & fall prevention services
[Apr. 14, 2009] The Chatham County Council on Aging and Mobile Rehab, LLC have collaborated to offer general physical therapy services as well as exercises and therapy services related to preventing falls. The new services are available by appointment at the Siler City and Pittsboro Senior Centers, Monday through Friday.
 
Pittsboro health department clinic expands hours and services
[Apr. 10, 2009] The Chatham County Public Health Department Clinic in Pittsboro has expanded its hours and services.
Also: Chatham County Public Health Department
 
Consumer Reports finds that nearly 3 in 10 Hispanics opted not to fill M.D. script for cost reasons
[Mar. 31, 2009] Struggling to meet healthcare costs, 29 percent of Hispanic adults said they had decided against filling a script for cost reasons, according to a national poll conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Survey respondents said that they also economized by asking their doctor for free samples, skipping doses, taking smaller doses, or sharing a prescription with someone else on the same medicine.
 
Consumer Reports finds that 66% of Americans blindsided by cost of drugs and many not taking needed medications
[Mar. 29, 2009] Sticker shock is taking a toll on Americans when they fill their prescriptions: 66% of those polled by Consumer Reports said they found out the cost of a drug when they picked it up at the pharmacy counter, while just 4% said they had a conversation with their doctor about the cost of a drug. And 28% of Americans told Consumer Reports they’d taken potentially dangerous actions to save money, such as not filling prescriptions, skipping dosages, and cutting pills in half without the approval of their doctor.
 
Glass tables are an overlooked safety threatGlass tables are an overlooked safety threat
[Mar. 25, 2009] Many households harbor a threat to young children that safety regulations, surprisingly, have overlooked: glass-topped tables and tables with glass panels. A review by Children’s Hospital Boston, in collaboration with Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, finds that glass-table injuries aren’t as rare as one might think, and that many could have been avoided had tempered glass been used.
 
Chatham County offers free discount prescription card for residentsChatham County offers free discount prescription card for residents
[Mar. 20, 2009] Beginning this month, Chatham County residents can now take advantage of free discount cards to help cope with the high price of prescription drugs, potentially saving an average of 22% on the retail price of many medications.
 
Prostate cancer is a major health issue in North CarolinaProstate cancer is a major health issue in North Carolina
[Mar. 9, 2009] Prostate cancer is a major health issue in North Carolina. The death rate from prostate cancer in North Carolina is one of the highest in the nation; African-American men in North Carolina have one of the highest death rates from prostate cancer in the world.
 
Consumer Reports finds that 48% of Americans don't have carbon-monoxide detectors, at least 24% sometimes don't fasten seatbelts
[Feb. 25, 2009] Some 48 percent of Americans don’t have a carbon-monoxide detector at home, 24 percent sometimes fail to fasten a seatbelt, and 39 percent often eat raw dough when making cookies, according to a nationally representative poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.
 
Council on Aging has several wellness programs that reduce the risks of fallsCouncil on Aging has several wellness programs that reduce the risks of falls
[Feb. 24, 2009] Falls are the number one accidental cause of death among older adults. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among adults age 65 and older. By Angel Dennison
 
Tick borne diseases are a big problem in North CarolinaTick borne diseases are a big problem in North Carolina
[Feb. 23, 2009] Tick borne diseases are a problem in North Carolina as in other states. I had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever for years as did my dogs with out knowing it. No fever, no rashes, no bulls eyes. Just joint pain. By Carole Henry
 
Consumer Reports health poll finds that 80% of Americans are too sick or tired to have sexConsumer Reports health poll finds that 80% of Americans are too sick or tired to have sex
[Feb. 22, 2009] More than eight out of ten sexually active adults have put off having sex in the past year. Their reasons? Eighty percent say they’re too sick or too tired for sex. And forty percent say they’re just plain “not in the mood.” Other top reasons include taking care of children and pets (30%) and working (29%).
 
Consumer Reports finds that big promises of some infomercial exercise machines fall flat; plus, set up a home gym for under $100Consumer Reports finds that big promises of some infomercial exercise machines fall flat; plus, set up a home gym for under $100
[Jan. 19, 2009] Two new reports from Consumer Reports separate the wheat from the chaff in home workout equipment – from ab crunchers, cardio gadgets, and upper-body devices sold on TV and Internet infomercials, to treadmills, elliptical exercisers, stationary bikes, heart-rate monitors, and pedometers.
 
Consumer Reports survey finds that 58 percent of cyclists never wear a helmet, 27 percent never use sunscreenConsumer Reports survey finds that 58 percent of cyclists never wear a helmet, 27 percent never use sunscreen
[Jan. 16, 2009] Some 58 percent of Americans never wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, 70 percent never wear hearing protection when using a gas lawn mower or leaf blower, and 27 percent never use sunscreen when they’re in the sun for a long time, according to a nationally representative poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

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