Are Eden and Miller Brewing Company Really Breaking Up?
The bad news came first: Miller Brewing Company (known as MillerCoors), the third-largest employer in all of Rockingham County, was going to close its doors. It didn’t. Not exactly. But now the company is locked in legal battles that could determine the economic future of the whole county, and definitely of Eden, the small town on the beautiful Dan River that MillerCoors has called home for 38 years. New developments in those cases are happening this second. So Eden’s in quite the lurch.
Medical Magic: Mobile Devices May Be The Future of Modern Medicine
What if your phone could help manage your diabetes? Thanks to the most innovative apps around, it can. Healthcare is being revolutionized by mobile technologies that turn your everyday devices into doctors — or, at least, the friendly voice of your doctor, helping you get better care one decision at a time. The mobile health revolution is called mHealth, and it could change lives.
Obamacare Gets a Bad Rap. But Should It? You Decide.
It turns out that individual Obamacare plans may not be as expensive as a lot of people think they are — not compared to employer premiums, anyway. Then again, they might. Forbes and the Urban Institute are fighting the subject out, leaving consumers confused about what their best healthcare options actually are. We’ve put together a point/counterpoint to lay out their arguments.
One More Study Says Rural Hospitals Are Suffering
There are pros and cons to Medicaid expansion, and valid arguments on both sides. A new study suggests another tally mark on the pro side, at least for rural North Carolina: rural hospitals may be hurt without expansion more than urban ones.
Can the News About Mylan and EpiPens Get Any Worse?
Yes, apparently. Drug giant Mylan made headlines around the world when the news broke about how they’re price gouging EpiPens. EpiPens are emergency medicines that can stop severe allergic reactions from killing people. Like in My Girl. If Macaulay Culkin had had an EpiPen, he would still be with us, darn it. A moment of silence, please.
Could Drug Diversion Programs Work in the Country, Too?
We’ve been reporting a lot of bad news about opioids recently. Here’s a silver lining: a new, more effective approach to opioid abuse may be in the works for many rural North Carolina communities. Traditionally, opioid users have traveled the halls of our courtrooms a lot. They’re jailed at high rates, especially in rural areas. But this approach doesn’t do much to tackle addiction itself, and it’s starting to change.