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More turn to internet for medical advice

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An increasing number of people are turning to the internet to seek medical advice. They're affectionately called "cyber-chondriacs." According to one poll there were about 160 million of them in 2006. Full story...
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Prescription drugs often lethal when misused

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Overall drug use in the United States is decreasing, according to a new study by the federal government, but there's also an important warning: prescription drugs often become lethal when misused. Full story...
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Study: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus closely related

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A new study reveals that rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are closely related illnesses. And just one gene can increase the risk for both. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common adult health problem, affecting around one percent of the population. Full story...
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Sunscreen could get new label

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A new label for sunscreen bottles could be on the way. The new label would have two ratings, one for UVA rays and another for UVB. Full story...
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Benton sworn in as NC health secretary

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A former chief deputy in the state environmental department has been sworn in as the state's top health official. Full story...
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Fitness boot camp shaping bodies outside the gym

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There's a new fitness program in town that can help you get fit without going to the gym. The program is called "Personalized health and alternative training." The group says its fitness boot camps put people on the fast track to fitness. Full story...
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Study: Half of US children with ADHD not diagnosed

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videoDespite increased awareness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the past few decades a new study finds that about half of US children are still not diagnosed. Full story...
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Pender Memorial Hospital to raise rates

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Pender Memorial Hospital could be raising its rates by four percent in the coming year. The hospital's chief financial officer says the increase would raise more than $100,000 to help offset inflation. Full story...
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Lung disease on the rise, likely to worsen

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Lung disease in on the rise among adults around the world and doctors say it's only likely to get worse in the future. Full story...
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Mold may affect mood

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In the largest study of its kind, Brown University researchers found that people with who had mold in their homes were on average 40 percent more likely to report being depressed than people who did not have mold. Full story...
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Number of young uninsured on the rise

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videoWe all tend to think we're fairly bulletproof when we're young -- who needs insurance at age 25, right? The number of uninsured young people is on the rise according to a new study. Full story...
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Many fooled into eating more calories at 'healthy restaurants'

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Think your diet would benefit from food at a "healthy restaurant"? A new study shows how we can get fooled into eating many more calories by so-called "healthy" menu items. Full story...
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Aging population puts pressure on local health care system

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videoAn alliance between Davis Health Care Center and Coastal Area Health Education Center will bring more attention to the elderly as well as train doctors in the field of geriatrics. The number of elderly people nationwide is on the rise. Full story...
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Obesity tied to income levels

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Fast food is fast and cheaper than buying healthier fare. So it makes sense that people with less money, aren't eating as well. And it has serious repercussions for your health. Obesity has long been linked to income level, where lower socioeconomic groups face a higher risk than more wealthy populations. Full story...
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Hospital considers raising rates

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center is once again considering raising its rates. The hospital's finance committee has been presented with an option for a five percent increase. Full story...
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