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WakeMed to Offer Free ECG Screenings for Student Athletes

Building on our most recent blog about treating emergencies on the football field, we wanted to share this story just aired by WTVD about a student athlete who collapsed during football practice. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated occurrence. Every year right here in our community, student athletes collapse and sometimes die due to undiagnosed heart […]

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It’s Snakebite Season

Warm weather means it is snakebite season in the Raleigh/Durham area. Our state actually leads the nation in snakebite cases per capita every year! North Carolina is home to many different species of snakes; most are harmless, but some can give venomous bites to humans. In the WakeMed system, we see about 100 snakebites per […]

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Donating to the Clothing Closet

Emergency situations that require a trip to the hospital occur without forewarning.  This means patients often arrive in pajamas or damaged soiled clothing.  Everybody is aware hospital gowns are not that fashion-forward. When it comes time to go home, clean new clothing can make all the difference.   Volunteer-run clothing closets at hospitals fill this […]

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Debunking Myths about Vegetarian Eating

A 2013 survey by Public Policy Polling found that around 40 million people in the United States identify themselves as vegetarian.  The term ‘vegetarian’ has historically been a subject of prejudice, misconceptions and ridicule.  However, the majority of people who decide to forgo meat do it out of compassion for all living things, respect for the […]

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‘Tis the Season for Mosquitoes

It’s been a rainy summer in central North Carolina, and more rain attracts more mosquitoes because of the standing water left behind.  Standing water is a necessary part of the mosquito life cycle.  So, with an influx of mosquitoes in the area, now is a great time to discuss mosquito bites, prevention and treatment. What […]

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Diagnosing Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder disease, although relatively common, can take a while to diagnose because the problem often starts as mild indigestion or stomach pain and eventually progresses into stabbing pain and debilitating discomfort.  Additionally, symptoms may come and go and often only occur after eating a heavy or fatty meal. According to Dr. Ndidi Azikiwe with Wake Specialty […]

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