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Appeals court upholds 1998 tobacco deal

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The landmark 1998 national settlement between 46 states and 19 tobacco companies is valid and doesn't amount to a conspiracy or anti-competitive behavior by the government, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. Full story...
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Third rabies case of 2012 reported in New Hanover County

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A third case of rabies has been confirmed by New Hanover County Animal Control Services. On Monday, ACS officers responded to the area of Yellow Daisy Drive and captured a fox that chased nearby residents and attacked their dog. Full story...
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Second case of rabies confirmed in New Hanover Co.

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New Hanover County Animal Control Services has confirmed the second case of rabies for 2012 in New Hanover County. ACS officers took custody of a fox, after it attacked a resident in the area of East Seaview Road and Myrtle Grove Road on Friday, February 17. Full story...
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FDA to investigate safety of inhalable caffeine

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The Food and Drug Administration will launch a safety investigation of a new product that allows consumers to inhale caffeine through a lipstick-sized portable device, rather than drinking it. Full story...
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PPD recognized for expertise in clinical research

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Demonstrating its expertise in clinical research, Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced that PharmaTimes magazine has named a team of PPD researchers the 2012 Clinical Team of the Year. Full story...
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First reported child flu fatality for 2011-12 season

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North Carolina has reported its first child death from flu for the 2011-2012 flu season. A six-year old died on Feb. 4 of complications from an influenza infection. Full story...
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Teens gather at NC legislature to tout reduced teen smoking rates

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More than 300 young people gathered at the North Carolina Legislature to highlight successes in reducing teen smoking rates while health lobbyists urged lawmakers to provide a steady funding source again for prevention programs. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court weighs trials for hospital bills

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North Carolina's Supreme Court will decide whether patients who object to hospital bills can get a court to decide whether they're unreasonably expensive. Full story...
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STUDY: Switching to water, diet beverages can tip the scales

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Making a simple substitution of water or diet soft drinks for drinks with calories can help people lose 4 to 5 pounds, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. Full story...
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