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10 more flu deaths in NC: season total at 56

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video Health officials say 10 more people died from the flu last week in North Carolina, bringing the death toll for the flu season up to 56. Full story...
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CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products

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videoCVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide. Full story...
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Brunswick County school board adopts new lice policy

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videoThe Brunswick County school board combed through the issue Tuesday night, and created a tougher policy on head lice. Full story...
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Progress made in backlog of food stamp applications

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Officials at the state Department Health and Human Services say they have made significant progress in clearing a backlog of food stamp applications ahead of a federal deadline next week. Full story...
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Winter freeze leading to epidemic of cabin fever

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After three days of being cooped up, folks around the region are ready to venture outside. The winter weather can be fun for a little while, but now everyday tasks are becoming a hassle. Full story...
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Water main breaks, boil water advisory in effect

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videoA 12-inch water main, approximately 60 years of old, broke earlier Tuesday night and CFPUA crews are conducting the repair, requiring water service to be affected to the addresses listed above. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE - How to use a foam roller

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videoPersonal trainers say when you use a foam roller, you'll want to go slowly and be careful. It might hurt at first but if you breathe through it, the foam roller will help you work out your knots so you can have a better workout. Full story...
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Five more flu deaths in NC

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videoState health officials say five more people died last week from flu-related illnesses in North Carolina, bringing the total this season to 33 statewide. Full story...
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$3M Blue Cross gift aims for better NC food habits

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The foundation backed by North Carolina's largest health insurer is putting another $3 million into helping more children in child care to eat healthy and exercise. Full story...
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Early Childhood NC website up and running

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North Carolina has a website to help new parents learn what assistance the government can provide to help children grow up healthy and prepared for school. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE: How foam rollers can smooth out your muscle knots

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videoTight and sore muscles don't really help when it comes to convincing yourself to go to the gym. But there is something actually at the gym, that can help you smooth out the knots. Full story...
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As flu spreads, NHRMC steps up safeguards

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videoAs the flu continues to spread in North Carolina, the area's largest health care provider is taking steps to protect patients. Full story...
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5 more people die from flu in NC; total now 27

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State health officials say five more people have died from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the state total for the season to 27. Full story...
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NC doctors sue state over Medicaid payment delays

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A group of North Carolina doctors has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking millions in damages from the state and its contractors over flawed computer programs that severely delayed Medicaid reimbursements. Full story...
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FDA asks doctors to stop prescribing pain meds with high dose of acetaminophen

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videoThe FDA is asking doctors to stop prescribing pain medicine with high amounts of a popular medicine. When Vicodin or Percocet are not enough to ease pain after surgery, some people turn to Tylenol. But experts say if you're not careful, you may poison yourself. Full story...
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