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NC DHHS secretary apologizes for privacy breach

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The head of North Carolina's troubled health department is apologizing for sending Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children to the wrong recipients, but says her agency is dealing with unprecedented changes as a result of the federal healthcare overhaul. Full story...
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North Carolina: Top 5 for Obamacare Enrollment

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North Carolina outstripped all but a handful of states during the first few months of health insurance enrollment established under the federal overhaul law. Full story...
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Infant from eastern North Carolina dies of flu

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videoState health officials say an infant from eastern North Carolina is the first child to die from the flu during the 2013-14 season. The NC Department of Health and Human Services reported that the child died Monday due to complications associated with the flu. Full story...
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NC health agency leaders facing legislators again

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General Assembly members are poised to hold another meeting about more troubles within North Carolina's health agency. Full story...
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Meet your goals in 2014

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videoWhether you're trying to quit smoking or struggling to improve your eating habits. Meeting goals can be tough. A local counselor says there are three basic principles you can apply to your life to meet any goal. Full story...
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Insurers extend time to pay for NC health policies

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The two health insurance companies selling policies on the federal marketplace for North Carolina consumers are extending payment deadlines on plans taking effect this month. Full story...
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NC warned to fix food stamp applications problems

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Federal regulators have warned North Carolina's health agency to address problems within its computer system to process food stamp applications or face monetary consequences. Full story...
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EXPLORE WITH GEORGE: 2014 Taking Control of Your Health Fair

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videoThe 2014 Taking Control of Your Health Fair was today. People came out to Independence Mall in Wilmington to take advantage of free information, medical screenings, and more. Full story...
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State health officials report 21st flu death in NC

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State health officials report the death toll from the seasonal flu outbreak has risen to 21, leading to a renewed call for residents across North Carolina to get vaccinated. Full story...
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HAPPENING NOW: Taking Control of Your Health Fair

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Join us this afternoon for the 2014 Taking Control of Your Health Fair at Independence Mall. It continues until 4:00 p.m. and is presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. You can take advantage of free information, medical screenings, giveaways and a chance to find out what services are offered in our area. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Couple diagnosed with cancer gets married

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videoA man with only weeks to live decides to make his love eternal. Ralph and Heather Smith were both diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. But that did not stop them from taking their wedding vows and saying 'I do' yesterday. Full story...
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Staying on Track: Keep your New Year's resolution to get fit

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videoStaying on track with your New Year's Resolution to get fit is a little easier with advice from Personal Trainer Brian Knox. He recommends setting simple and achievable goals to make sure you are successful and adds that your should make your reasons for getting fit personal such as a wedding or to be more active with your kids. Finally, remember don't get frustrated and you will see results over time. Full story...
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Staying on Track: Keep your New Year's resolution to eat healthy

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videoStick to your New Year's resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle by eating right. Diane Boyd, nutritionist, has three key tips to kick your plan to eat better into high gear. Full story...
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US Rep. Jones undergoes kidney stone surgery

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US Rep. Walter Jones has had successful kidney stone surgery. Jones' office said the 70-year-old Republican has several kidney stones removed Monday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Full story...
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DHHS sent nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards for kids to wrong addresses

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videoThe North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it mailed nearly 49,000 new Medicaid cards for children to the wrong people. DHHS says the cards show the child's name, Medicaid identification number, date of birth and primary care physician. Full story...
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