health

46-year-old gives kidney to complete stranger — here’s how it worked

For most people, surgery is something to avoid unless it’s absolutely and completely necessary. For Julie (who prefers to withhold her last name), who is...

Go Inside: New float spa allows guests to float naked inside a pitch black dark pod for 60 minutes

Athletes like Steph Curry and Tom Brady use sensory-deprivation tanks, and now you can experience it in Charlotte. True REST, a float spa first originating in...

If you’ve been thinking about going to therapy, here’s why you should

I’d always been open to the idea of therapy. I’d interviewed therapists and thought they were smart. I love books written by therapists. If friends...

7 things I wish I had known the day of my first panic attack

On Easter Sunday 2018, my husband made duck tacos with homemade tortillas, fresh roasted serrano guacamole and classic “Tommy’s Margaritas.” An hour...

6 things a Charlotte OB/GYN wishes women knew about birth control and women’s health

Regardless of where you grew up, you definitely sat through a Human Sexuality class in middle school. You labeled the diagrams of the reproductive organs. You...

I tried community acupuncture. Here’s my experience.

I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Traditional Chinese Medicine lately. I have coworkers who regularly use herbal remedies, friends who swear...

1 in 7 Charlotteans still smoke cigarettes — but the number is declining

Smoking is on its way out in Charlotte. The percentage of adults who smoke in Mecklenburg County came in at 14% in 2017, according to health department data....

I tried living zero-waste in Charlotte — and was wildly unsuccessful

Recycling is the new norm, and that’s pretty cool. But you would have to recycle some 40,000 bottles to offset the carbon footprint of one round-trip New...

Charlotteans aren’t drinking as much as you might think

We recently sent a short survey 30,000+ newsletter subscribers to get a feel for what’s going on in our city. One we were most curious about: How many...

5 spots to sit outside, recharge and refocus

Do you have that undying urge to get out of the city and away from its hustle and bustle and find somewhere quiet to put yourself back together or just...

It’s 2017 and STD rates in Charlotte are out of control. Why aren’t we using protection?

“Well, you’re on the pill, right?” appears to be a common question that people in Charlotte find themselves asking and answering after a night out....

I walked two miles for AIDS awareness and it showed me that Charlotte is committed to the cause

As a country, the fight against HIV has had more to celebrate and less to grieve in the last 20 to 30 years. There’ve been so many medical advances in...