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Cardiologist Laura Verde, MD, has joined the practice of Cardiologist Earl Haddock, MD, in the Sylva office of Asheville Cardiology Associates, PA. Appointments for Dr. Verde are now being accepted; she will begin seeing patients in mid-September. For more information or to make an appointment, call 828-586-7451. The practice is located at 80 Healthcare Drive in Sylva.

Dr. Verde completed her cardiology fellowship, internal medicine residency and internship at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the medical school Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas de Santos in Brazil, where she also completed an internal medicine residency, and she earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Campbell University, Research Triangle Park.


MedWest Health System is hosting a free community health screening for aging adults with balance and mobility issues.

“Prime Time” takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the gym at MedWest Health & Fitness Center, 262 Leroy George Dr., in Clyde. The event will feature a series of simple assessments to determine a person’s risk for falls or other accidents, and tips for improving strength and balance and preventing accident-related injuries.

“If someone is having trouble hiking or keeping up with their friends, if they feel out of balance or dizzy when they get up from a chair, if they don’t feel like going outside because they’re afraid of falling -- this event is for them,” said Dr. Chuck Nettles, director of rehabilitation services for MedWest.


Set to kick off campus-wide effort

CULLOWHEE – The 28-year-old co-founder and CEO of a global organization committed to eradicating extreme poverty will visit Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Sept. 7, to inform campus and surrounding community members about the issues and inspire them to take action.

Hugh Evans of the Global Poverty Project will present an interactive multimedia presentation called “1.4 Billion Reasons” at 7 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. The presentations, which kick off a yearlong, poverty-focused interdisciplinary learning and service initiative at WCU, is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to arrive 20 minutes before the presentation.



On Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., Thursdays at the Library presents Cherokee Health with Dr. Lisa Lefler.

For the Cherokee, health is more than the absence of disease; it includes a fully confident sense of a smooth life, peaceful existence, unhurried pace, and easy flow of time. The natural state of the world is to be neutral, balanced, with a similarly gently flowing pattern.

States of imbalance, tension, or agitation are indicative of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual illness and whether caused intentionally through omission or commission, or by outside actions or influences, the result affects and endangers the collective Cherokee.


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