Health

Study: Smoking in moderation is bad for your health

There is no such thing as a safe level of smoking. Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death.

Don’t toss the floss

Despite recent reports, dentists say there is good reason to clean between your teeth.

Obamacare premiums will rise by double digits in 2017

The average premium for Obamacare insurance plans sold on Healthcare.gov will rise 25 percent next year, the U.S. government said on Monday,

Curb Your Eating

The reasons why you overeat and tips to help your brain fight the temptation to indulge

Reported STDs at Unprecedented High in the U.S.

Total combined cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis reported in 2015 reached the highest number ever.

Depression study sheds light on screening and treatment for adults

A study suggests that many adults with depression do not undergo treatment, and a large number of adults receiving treatment screen negative for the disorder.

Breast Cancer: Awareness Is Good, But Education Is Better

Living a healthy lifestyle always helps reduce cancer risk, so exercising regularly and watching your diet are steps you can take. But it doesn’t end there.

Looking for stress relief? Pick up a coloring book

Art therapy can be a great way to relax and stay calm, which may explain why adult coloring books have become so popular in recent years.

CDC: No excuse not to get flu vaccination (video)

Health officials are urging people to get their flu vaccines and get them early to prevent serious conditions brought on by the virus.

Reducing how much you eat need not be torture

When it comes to losing weight, portion control, or controlling the amount you eat, can be just as important as controlling what you eat.

Village HeartB.E.A.T. health program selected for national competition

Village HeartB.E.A.T, Mecklenburg County’s faith-based health program, was one of 50 health programs selected nationwide to compete for $1.5 million in cash awards.

Will N.C. Blue Cross be next to abandon the ACA marketplace?

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, North Carolina’s largest insurance provider, will decide soon whether it will continue writing policies through the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace.

Why water is essential to a healthy body

Because our bodies are made up of about 60 percent water, it is important that we consume enough to survive and function properly.

5 mosquito facts everyone in Charlotte should know

You could be inviting mosquitoes into your home and enticing them to bite, without even knowing it. Learn more about what attracts them and how to keep them away.

How to squeeze in exercise on a busy day

Finding time to exercise may not be as impossible as you think. And, no, you don’t need to completely rearrange your schedule.

News & Buzz

Superintendent Ann Clark addresses the audience and board prior to unveiling a new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools boundary plan on Tuesday.
Jeff Siner, The Charlotte Observer

75 CMS schools will see change in Ann Clark’s boundary plan, and there are surprises

If passed by the school board, the changes will take effect in 2018-19. Public hearings are scheduled.

Entertainment

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A peek inside Firehouse Bar & Lounge, soon to be Charlotte’s newest hot spot

Owner Clarence Boston said he hopes the lounge, located near Bank of America Stadium, will attract young professionals of all...

Commentary

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I can’t keep rolling my eyes at today’s headlines; it’s starting to hurt

Is it just me, or is the constant drum beat of social media starting to make us loopy?

Faith

Pastor Kenneth Robinson preaches Easter Sunday--the Easter Service at The Creek Church relaunched the church after a damaging 2015 arson fire. The Creek Church - formerly Briar Creek Baptist Church--celebrated Easter Sunday with an Easter egg hunt and a vision of "healing, help, and hope." Diedra Laird, The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte church hit by arson is reborn on Easter with new name, new mission

After a 2015 fire, the dwindling African American congregation was forced to ask itself some painful questions, with the most...

People

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For award-winning photographer Zun Lee, the concept of black fatherhood has long been nuanced

This German-born photographer who now lives in Canada is using his camera to expose a truth rarely portrayed or appreciated...

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