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VA's Rural Health Team makes two area visits next week

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Veterans in our area will get a couple of chances next week to get help with their health care. The VA's Rural Health Team is making two stops in our area to enroll veterans in the system, and provide health screenings and information. Full story...
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NC budget panel OKs $7M annual abortion rules cost

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Fiscal conservatives say they will find the additional cost to North Carolina taxpayers projected for added requirements before an abortion is performed. Full story...
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FDA panel backs infant doses for kids' Tylenol

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Federal health experts say dosing instructions for children younger than 2 years old should be added to Children's Tylenol and similar products containing acetaminophen, the popular pain reliever and fever reducer. Full story...
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NC schools to weigh nutrition value of snack foods

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North Carolina public schools are moving toward rules to cut down on empty-calorie snacks and soft drinks. Full story...
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INFLUENCE GAME: Helmet bill stokes lobbying effort

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A major football helmet manufacturer has sharply increased its Washington lobbying this year, responding to a congressional push to come up with new safety standards for children's football helmets. Full story...
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Changes to workers' comp law get NC panel's look

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A legislative committee is continuing work on legislation easing the responsibility of North Carolina employers for workers compensation claims. Full story...
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Forum on proposed NHRMC management agreement

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Another healthcare system could soon be running the day-to-day operations at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Full story...
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Philip Morris Int'l CEO: Tobacco not hard to quit

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The head of cigarette maker Philip Morris International says tobacco is not that hard to quit. Full story...
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NC lawmakers back bill adding abortion regulations

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North Carolina legislators are moving ahead with an effort to make it more time-consuming to get an abortion by requiring state-mandated counseling, a 24-hour waiting period and an ultrasound of the fetus. Full story...
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NC panel gives first OK to health insurance market

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North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to create a marketplace of private health plans for people who now have the hardest time finding coverage. Full story...
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Another NC state employee health plan change OK'd

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The General Assembly has finalized a substitute plan to close a funding gap for the health insurance plan for North Carolina employees, retirees and their dependents that still could face a veto from Gov. Bev Perdue. Full story...
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Government warns on use of psych meds in nursing homes

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A new government report says many elderly nursing home residents suffering from dementia may be victims of overmedication with strong anti-psychotic drugs that could harm them. Full story...
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McIntyre hosts Southeastern North Carolina in motion

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Event to get kids moving, promote healthy lifestyle. Full story...
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Schools may ban chocolate milk over added sugar

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As concern grows about child obesity, more people are asking why sugary flavored milk remains a staple of school lunches across the country. Full story...
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FDA expands use of Abbott Labs' neck stent

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Federal health officials have expanded approval of an artery-opening stent from Abbott Laboratories to a larger group of patients at risk for stroke caused by plaque in the neck arteries. Full story...
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