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New Hanover Co. installs permanent drop boxes for medication disposal

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videoNew Hanover County officials announced Tuesday two new permanent drop boxes that will give residents safe new options to dispose of expired, unwanted medications. Full story...
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NC to appeal ultrasound law decision

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North Carolina's attorney general plans to ask the US Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that the state's ultrasound law is unconstitutional. Full story...
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US moves toward dropping lifetime ban on gay blood donations

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Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. Full story...
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Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law

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A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the pregnant woman, even if the patient refuses to look or listen. Full story...
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Harpist on Call spreads Christmas cheer

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videoHarpist on Call usually provide musical therapy for patients to provide help with pain and anxiety. They also help spread holiday cheer by performing holiday classics to help ring in the Christmas season. Full story...
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Harpo saves Christmas at Brunswick Cove

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videoThe folks at Brunswick Cove Nursing Home have a fantastic holiday season in store this year, and they are saying it is all thanks to a four legged Christmas miracle named Harpo. Full story...
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Study: Removing clot helps limit stroke disability

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For the first time in several decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up severely disabled. Full story...
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Disaster Mental Advisor helps fire victims

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video As it is an emotional time in Carolina Beach, many are dealing with loss of loved ones as well as cooping with the tragic situation. Tab Ballis is a psychiatrist in Wilmington who also is a volunteer with the Red Cross. Full story...
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Duke Energy: Coal ash study contains mistakes; Group withdraws study

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videoEnvironmentalists are calling on North Carolina health officials to warn people against eating fish caught near a Duke Energy coal ash dump outside Wilmington after a new study shows high levels of contamination. Full story...
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Pender High gets new healthcare center on campus

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videoA new school health center is open at Pender High School. It's right on the school's campus. Health workers provide everything from check-ups to immunizations. Full story...
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