health

You don’t need to be productive during a pandemic

When coronavirus arrived in Charlotte seven weeks ago, our ever-growing, always-busy city came to halt. Chairs went legs up on tables at our favorite breweries...

Charlotte therapists share their No. 1 piece of advice for coping during COVID-19

In a survey, we asked Agenda subscribers if they’ve struggled with feelings of loneliness, anxiety, or depression since the coronavirus pandemic. More than...

Dentists furlough hygienists, put student loans on hold, and donate PPE in response to COVID-19

Faced with the growing threat of COVID-19, dental offices were among the first businesses to halt operations, many limiting service to emergency care weeks...

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...