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Number of obese children in NC continues to rise

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videoMore than 17 percent of children in North Carolina are obese, and according to local pediatricians that number continues to rise. Full story...
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Open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug benefits

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2009 open enrollment for Medicare prescription drug and Medicare Advantage plans begins November 15, 2008. Full story...
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US adult smoking rate reaches new low

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The adult smoking rate in the United States has reached a new low, dropping below 20 percent for the first time ever. Full story...
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New hope for Alzheimer's and autism

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Mice with Alzheimer’s disease showed improvement in a recent UC-Irvine study, after they were given high doses of an over-the-counter form of vitamin B-3. Full story...
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Parents may need to motivate their children to get off the couch

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The Department of Health and Human Services now recommends an hour of moderate exercise each day, and another hour of vigorous exercise three times a week. These guidelines are intended for kids as well as adults. Full story...
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EMS worker fighting breast cancer

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videoA local woman's job is helping to save lives, but now, breast cancer has her fighting for her own.

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Cost of treating type 2 diabetes rising

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Medical expenditures for diabetes in the United States nearly doubled between 2001 and 2007, and the country now devotes about one out of every 10 health care dollars to treating the disease. Full story...
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Former New Hanover High School Player Needs Kidney

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videoA former New Hanover high school football player is on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Saturday, the community rallied around him to raise money. Full story...
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The nursing boom

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videoThe economy is struggling, companies are closing, and jobs are being lost. However, the health care industry is continuing to boom. Full story...
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Health care for kids

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videoAccording to one local pediatrician, more than 13% of children in North Carolina are uninsured and many of those with insurance can't afford to go to the doctor for preventative care. Full story...
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CFCC Health and Wellness Fair

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Students at Cape Fear Community College wanted to make sure Wednesday that their annual community health fair took place at the campus in downtown Wilmington. Full story...
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Misconceptions associated with the flu

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It is never too soon to get your flu shot and there are some things you should know. Health experts say there are lots of misconceptions about the flu and the vaccine. Full story...
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Local therapist is using the Wii Fit to heal patients

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videoNot only is the month of October shared by domestic violence awareness and breast cancer awareness, it is also National Physical Therapy Month. One Wilmington therapist said she is improving her therapy practices with a popular video game. Full story...
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Presidental candidates healthcare plans

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videoThe presidential election is just weeks away, and many people believe the new president will be vital in changing and turning this country around. Some people feel that the candidate’s plan on some crucial issues are unclear and has left them with more questions than answers. Full story...
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Early detection important in battling breast cancer

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videoEach year 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with breast cancer, but while those numbers are not going down the good news is that 85 percent can be cured if caught in time. Full story...
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