Category Archives: Medicine

Anything having to do with medicine and medical care in the Triangle: from doctors to hospitals to research centers looking for cures to diseases.

Raleigh Is Fit

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 11.24.03 AMNot bad Raleigh! According to the American Fitness Index, Raleigh ranks as the 15th fittest metropolis in the U.S. The study, done by the American College of Sports Medicine, is based on health behaviors including smoking, exercise, obesity rates, chronic health problems, and access to health care. It also takes into account the environment, including things like the availability of parks and recreational facilities, walking trails, and farmers’ markets. Raleigh has plenty of parks and a fantastic greenway system, and has taken other steps such as banning smoking in many public spaces to increase overall health. Visit USA Today for the full list!

Students can earn $5,000 and Help The Elderly At the Same Time

The scholarship, “’s Awareness and Prevention Scholarship,” – the first of its kind – was created to financially assist US students committed to raising awareness and preventing nursing home abuse.

Any student enrolled in an accredited online post-secondary institution is eligible to apply, however, this scholarship is particularly suited for students studying nursing, social work, psychology, or healthcare administration. The applicant must also be receiving some form of need-based aid. The scholarship will help pay for non-tuition related living expenses for the 2012-2013 academic year that are not covered by the recipient’s current financial aid such as:

– Rent

– Childcare

– Books and School Supplies

– Utilities – Gas/Electric

– Utilities – Internet Connection

– Groceries


Applications must be emailed or postmarked by February 15th, 2012 to be considered. The winner will be announced on May 31st, 2012.


Further information about the scholarship can be found at:


If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m happy to assist in any way I can. We’re hopeful you’ll consider mentioning our scholarship on your site.


Best Regards,


Shannon Shoemaker

Outreach Coordinator – ‘Dedicated To Preventing The Causes And Repairing The Consequences Of Nursing Home Abuse.’

What You Should Know About Carpet, Asthma and Allergies

Not only does carpet add warmth and comfort to any room, it also helps keep the air free of allergens and pollutants when properly vacuumed and maintained.

Simply put, what falls to the carpet – such as allergens, common dust, pet dander and other pollutants – tends to stay on the carpet until it is vacuumed, unlike smooth surfaces that allow these particles to re-circulate. Properly maintained carpet leads to improved air quality and a healthier indoor environment because regular vacuuming with a Carpet and Rug Institute-certified vacuum cleaner locks pollutants in the machine and removes them from the air you breathe.

Here are several facts that support the use of carpet to help prevent asthma and allergy symptoms:

There is no scientific study linking the rise of allergy and asthma to the use of carpet. Indeed, several studies actually disprove any correlation.

A 15-year Swedish study found no link between carpet usage and the incidence of allergy or asthma. In fact, even when carpet usage in Sweden decreased by 70 percent, allergy reactions in the general population increased by 30 percent.

Carpet may even be helpful to people with asthma: an 18-nation study of nearly 20,000 people found a statistical relationship between carpeted bedrooms and reduced asthma and allergy symptoms and improved breathing.

A 2003 study of more than 4,600 school children in New Jersey found that having carpet in a child’s bedroom was associated with fewer missed school days and less need for asthma medication.

Studies have compared the distribution of airborne dust associated with normal activities on hard and soft flooring surfaces. Findings show that walking on hard surfaces disturbed more particles. These particles became airborne and entered the breathing zone. In contrast, carpeted surfaces trapped more particles so that walking disturbed fewer particles. The result was less dust in the breathing zone over carpeted floors.

What You Can Do

Vacuum regularly and thoroughly. It may come as a surprise that something as simple as regular vacuuming can have a big impact on the air you breathe. When vacuuming, remember to keep the following guidelines in mind:

Use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence. A quick once-over doesn’t do much. Move slightly to the left or to the right every four strokes.

Don’t ignore the corners or crevices where dust builds. Use the proper attachments to clean those difficult-to-reach areas.

“Top-down” cleaning saves you the step of vacuuming after dusting. Dust blinds, windowsills, and furniture surfaces first and then vacuum away any fallen dust.

Remember to remove and replace or empty vacuum bags when they are half to two-thirds full.

Use CRI Seal of Approval cleaning products. An independent laboratory tests solutions, spot removers, vacuums and deep cleaning extractors and systems. Only those that meet high performance standards receive the Seal of Approval.

Professionally clean your carpet every 12 to 18 months. Regular vacuuming removes soil and dust, but periodic professional cleaning is needed to remove embedded dirt.

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Duke and UNC have Tow of the Nation’s Best Childrens’ Hospitals

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill earned high marks nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Duke finished tops in the Triangle area, ranking among the top 50 nationally in all 10 areas of specialty. UNC finished second in the Triangle with six specialty areas ranked nationally, including a No. 10 ranking in pulmonology, the only top 10 ranking for any hospital in the state.

The rankings, released Tuesday, recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. The Children’s Hospital Boston ranked No. 1 in six specialties, No. 2 in three specialties and No. 3 in a third, making it the top-rated children’s hospital in the nation. There are 76 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News & World Report named the Duke University Medical Center as the area’s best hospital overall in March.

US News & World Report Ranks Triangle Area Children’s Hospitals National Leaders

The Triangle remains a national leader in terms of the quality of its children’s hospitals, U.S. News & World Report said Thursday.

The magazine ranked the top 30 children’s hospitals in 10 areas: Cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, heart and heart surgery, kidney, neonatology, neurology and neurological surgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

The North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals was ranked as the No. 9 hospital for pulmonary care and No. 23 in diabetes and endocrinology care.

Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Care was ranked in six categories: No. 18 in cancer, No. 23 in diabetes and endocrinology, No. 30 in gastroenterology, No. 24 in heart and heart surgery, No. 19 in neonatology and No. 20 in pulmonology.

The Triangle’s third children’s hospital, at WakeMed Health & Hospitals, opened last month and was not included in any of the rankings.

The full results of the report will be available in the magazine’s August edition, which hits newsstands in late July.

Read more: U.S. News ranks UNC, Duke among top children’s hospitals – Triangle Business Journal

Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal

Isn’t it great when we’re NUMBER ONE!

Check out this story from the Triangel Business Journal about how Raleigh is the major market that offers the best quality of life in America, according to a new study by

Read more: Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal

Quality of life? Raleigh ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros – Triangle Business Journal.

Hello world!

Welcome to Let’s Talk The Triangle, my personal Blog for keeping track of things happening in the Triangle, NC area. As Triangle area citizens as well as those who are thinking about becoming citizens start learning about this blog I hope they will submit comments about the various categories and suggest new categories to add.  Have fun reading what I find and post plus what the rest of you have to say.

Tim McBrayer
The Triangles Broker