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New Hanover Health Dept. looks to promote healthier lifestyles by raising taxes

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video It's 2011 and like everyone else the New Hanover County Health Department is looking for healthier lifestyles. The department is asking county commissioners to support a tobacco tax that could once again raise the price of cigarettes. Full story...
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State: Smoke-free law working one year in

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At its one-year anniversary, North Carolina’s smoke-free restaurants and bars law has successfully reduced worker and patron exposure to secondhand smoke. Full story...
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UPDATE: Southeastern Center runs out of state funds; Responds via news release

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The Southeastern Center for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services spent all of it's state funds. Now new patients have no where to turn. The center is supposed to provide help for those in need, but now it's causing more problems for it's patients and other local agencies. Full story...
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FDA: Alcoholic energy drinks to be off shelves in December

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The Food and Drug Administration says major brands of caffeinated alcoholic drinks should be off store shelves by mid-December. Full story...
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FDA warns makers of alcoholic energy drinks

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The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to four manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks, saying the caffeine added to their beverages is an "unsafe food additive." Full story...
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Selling pumpkins a dream come true as woman fights for life

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video Halloween may be over, but it's not too late to get a pumpkin to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. One woman who came to Wilmington from Ashe County could use the support. She's selling pumpkins to help pay for her battle with stage four cancer. Full story...
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Students' sweet revenge supports diabetes research

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For a small fee of two dollars a pie, students got faculty and staff a little messy, but not just for giving them bad grades. The money raised will go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Full story...
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CFCC hosts health fair Wednesday

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As cold and flu season quickly approaches, Cape Fear Community College will hold its annual Harvest Health, Wellness and Safety Fair on Wednesday at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Full story...
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If you can fry it, you can try it at NC State Fair

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The menu for the 2010 NC State Fair was unveiled Monday, and among the new offerings is a Krispy Kreme hamburger, which is a burger between two glazed doughnuts. Cheese and bacon are optional. Full story...
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Store helps promote healthy living, fight breast cancer

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A store in Independence Mall in Wilmington is going pink, and it's all for a good cause. Full story...
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Students at two schools diagnosed with Shigellosis

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Parents got a call last night that students at Trask Middle School and Murrayville Elementary School have been diagnosed with Shigellosis. Full story...
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Health care changes bring relief, confusion

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video Today new health care laws go into effect that will bring a sigh of relief to some Americans. For others they only bring confusion. Full story...
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HEALTHWATCH: Weight loss procedures

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video As obesity has become an alarming health crisis in the United States, weight loss drugs and surgeries are becoming increasingly popular. While more and more people are turning to bariatric surgery to help them lose weight, a new study finds weight loss procedures in teens has significantly increased. Full story...
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Agent Orange spending concerns Burr

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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr says he has concerns about a proposal to spend billions of dollars on disability compensation for Vietnam veterans who get heart disease. Full story...
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield to issue refunds, raise rates

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North Carolina's largest health insurer says it will refund $155 million to more than 215,000 individual policyholders as a result of the Affordable Care Act that took effect earlier this year. Full story...
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