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HEALTHWATCH: Pediatrics report details risks from energy drinks

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video Energy drinks are under-studied, overused and can be dangerous for children and teens, warns a report by doctors who say kids shouldn't use the popular products. Full story...
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Popular denture cream linked to nerve damage

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videoProcter and Gamble is facing a lawsuit from consumers who say they suffered nerve damage from zinc in Fixodent. A local doctor has found the same issues with the denture cream. Full story...
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Wake Forest baseball coach donates kidney to player

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Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter has donated a kidney to a freshman player who suffers from a disease that can lead to kidney failure. Full story...
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Red Dress Luncheon raises heart health awareness

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A special event for heart disease awareness was marked by women in red today. The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation hosted the Red Dress Luncheon and Fashion Show. Full story...
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Duke, UNC hospitals aim for greater transparency

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Hospitals at Duke University and the University of North Carolina are trying to make the relationship between drug companies and health providers more transparent. Full story...
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Asheville lowers fluoride levels because of concerns

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Asheville has lowered the amount of fluoride in its water system in response to concerns about how excess levels of the substance can affect people's teeth. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported the city has reduced the fluoride in its system by 30 percent. Full story...
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Report gives NC failing grades on tobacco control

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The American Lung Association is giving the nation's top tobacco-producing state failing grades for efforts to curb the death and diseases caused by tobacco use. Full story...
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Doctors say get your flu shot

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video North Carolina had its first child death from the flu this week and doctors say people should avoid the risk of death by getting the vaccine. Many people think the flu shot will make you sick, but doctors say that's not the case. Full story...
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NC A&T's trainer urged against sickle cell test

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Officials at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro say the school's top athletic trainer counseled coaches to save money by not testing for sickle cell trait days before a student died from the disease. Full story...
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HEALTHWATCH: Disputed autism study sparks debate about vaccines

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videoMore than a decade after a British doctor linked vaccinations to autism in children, his study is being called a fraud. Full story...
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HEALTHWATCH: NC teen dies from flu; first in the state

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A 15-year old died on January 5 of complications from an influenza infection. The child had not received flu vaccine this season. Full story...
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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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