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Food is medicine

For people with type 2 diabetes and for those who are HIV-positive, food can be medicine. That is according to a new study published in the Journal of Urban Health.

Charlotte Observer reports on efforts to curb distracted driving

If you drive north of Charlotte for about an hour and a half on I-77, you will come to the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to a recent article in the Observer, it might not be long before new distracted laws will be in force as you cross the state line.

How You Can Receive Maximum Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Benefits are meant for individuals who are rendered redundant due to disabilities. Those who have been making regular Social Security contributions similarly qualify. SSD benefits provide you with adequate financial support if you get disabled and unable to support your family.

Research shows how depression affects cancer patients

This is perhaps one of those things that doctors and laypeople alike understood before the research was done: people who are struggling with depression are going to be less responsive to chemotherapy and less tolerant of the side-effects of those drugs. While intuition and logic tell us that the statement is true, there is now a study that backs it with scientific evidence.

Impatient trucker causes school bus crash

The driver of a car ahead of an 18-wheeler was too slow at a red light to suit the trucker. So the truck driver swung his enormous vehicle around the car and into the intersection. Unfortunately, in the intersection the big rig slammed into the side of a school bus carrying children.

Busting an SSDI myth

"Mythbusters" was a popular TV show for more than a decade. Its mission was to take on urban legends, commonly held beliefs and myths, and see how they held up to scientific scrutiny. Though the show ended a 13-year run last year, the desire many have to bust myths lives on.

Government to pay billions to Camp Lejeune vets for contaminated water

The Obama administration continues to cross things off its last-minute to-do list. One of the latest examples is that it agreed to pay $2.2 billion over 5 years to Marine veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune here in North Carolina. The reason is that they were exposed to dangerous amounts of contaminated drinking water if they were on base for at least 30 days between Aug. 1, 1953, and Dec. 31, 1987. The VA estimates that there were 900,000 service members who could have been exposed during the time period.

Drunk doctor finally held accountable for injuries caused in crash

Few people understand the effects of alcohol on the human mind and body more than a doctor. That is part of what makes the case of a North Carolina doctor so sad. The 72-year-old physician was allegedly drunk when he was in Louisiana and slammed his SUV into the back of another vehicle on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway.

Read carefully: vision loss can result in disability

January is National Soup Month, as well as National Oatmeal Month, National Hobby Month and National Slow Cooking Month. While those lighthearted observations might appeal to many of our North Carolina Law Blog readers, January takes a turn for the serious with a month-long effort to improve glaucoma awareness.

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