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Watchdog group makes 2nd push to ban diet pill

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For the second time in five years, public health advocates are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban a fat-blocking drug sold over-the counter and via prescription, pointing to new reports of kidney stones and pancreatic damage. Full story...
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Perdue vetoes health plan, student loan bills

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Gov. Bev Perdue has vetoed two bills, including one that would have required monthly premiums for all active North Carolina state workers and teachers for health insurance. Full story...
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Wilmington brain surgery survivor "plays ball"

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video Wilmington 10-year-old Zion Kinlaw played his first baseball game of the season Tuesday night. Kinlaw is a brain surgery survivor. His story which reaches to Chapel Hill and back is simply remarkable. Full story...
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NC fight brews over who benefits from health pool

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The North Carolina health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses taking shape in the General Assembly is drawing howls from consumer advocates. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Pender Board of Health may soon name new health director

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videoFor the past seven months the Pender County Board of Health has been on the hunt for a permanent health director. The position has been in control of an interim health director after the former director, Jack Griffith, retired in September after some questioned his actions. Full story...
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Study: Young children may make parents less fit

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A new study suggests kids might be to blame for new parents' bad health habits. Full story...
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5:00 Healthwatch: April 8, 2011

An estimated 30 to 50 million American adults are lactose intolerant. That's when the body can't properly digest milk and milk products. Here with more on the chronic condition, and tips on how to cope with it, is Ninette Sosa for tonight's Health Watch.

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Queen Azalea tours Port City

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video The 64th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival is in full bloom. Today the queen got to know the Port City. Queen Heather French Henry and her entourage toured some important places throughout Wilmington, including the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Full story...
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Teen pregnancies reach record low

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Teen pregnancies in the US are at a record low. That's according to new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full story...
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Vaccine boosters required, recommended for adolescents

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April is Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month in North Carolina, and the NC Division of Public Health is reminding parents to protect their teens and pre-teens by bringing them up to date on required and recommended vaccinations. Full story...
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Scientists say they're making progress in Alzheimer's research

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Two new reports from genetic researchers show some promising findings in the field of Alzheimer's research. Full story...
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NC hospital must pay $1.9M for false billing

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Federal prosecutors say a Raleigh hospital has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to settle allegations it overbilled Medicare by ordering higher-cost services for patients who only needed outpatient treatment. Full story...
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Recalled beef sold in North Carolina

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A southern Kansas packing plant has recalled more than 7 tons of ground beef products after lab tests detected E. coli. Full story...
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New law to help improve child nutrition

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videoRep. Mike McIntyre and USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon came to Bladen County to celebrate National Nutrition Month. During their visit to Elizabeth Primary School, McIntyre and Concannon spoke to students and faculty about the importance of nutrition in public schools. Full story...
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Former Duke researcher retracts lung cancer paper

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A Duke University cancer researcher who resigned in November amid questions about his work has retracted a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study reported that a gene profiling test could help show which lung cancer patients most need chemotherapy. Full story...
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