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Wednesday is National HIV Awareness Day

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An HIV test is quick and painless. Currently there are over 50,000 people in North Carolina living with HIV and AIDS. Full story...
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Study: Effects of anti-depressants on fetuses

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Depression is a serious condition, particularly for women who are pregnant. But questions exist as to whether it's safe to take medication during pregnancy. Full story...
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Mom gives birth in backseat of car

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Nickolas Martin was set to get rid of his nine-year-old car, but now, it has sentimental value. It's where his son was born. Full story...
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Expired drugs can be harmful

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Expired drugs, whether prescription or over the counter, can be bad for your health. They can either degrade and become more harmful for a consumer or they can degrade and be less effective. Full story...
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Study: first-born children smarter

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videoIf you're the oldest sibling living in your house there's new information that pertains to you. You might really be smarter than your brothers and sisters. New research has some surprising answers for those who are the oldest sibling in the house. Full story...
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Dental unit offering free care in Brunswick County

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Brunswick County kids are getting work on their smile, even if they can't afford it. The Health Department has set up a mobile dental unit outside Supply Elementary. The Board of Health approved funding for the clinic to help uninsured children. Full story...
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How to cure summer stings

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videoJelly fish, poison ivy and bee stings -- just a few unavoidable parts of summertime. People say that they've used everything from meat tenderizer to hot sauce to cure jelly fish stings. With summer fun comes the not so fun parts, to name a few: jelly fish stings, bee stings and poison ivy. Full story...
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Hospital celebrates 40-year anniversary

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videoWilmington's main medical center is celebrating a birthday. New Hanover Regional Medical Center has 40 years of service behind it. Full story...
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Survey finds many N.C. pharmacies don't sell emergency contraception

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Plan B isn't easy to find in North Carolina. The emergency contraceptive widely known as the "morning-after pill" has been available over the counter since August. Full story...
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Parents turn to obesity surgery for children

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With childhood obesity rates skyrocketing, more parents are opting for surgery to treat their children's severe weight problems. But is it safe for teens? The number of adolescents undergoing stomach bypass surgery for obesity has increased by nearly 300 per cent in the last few years. Full story...
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Edwards announces details of health care overhaul plan

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Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards wants to reduce the cost of health care by offering cash prizes in lieu of patents for certain breakthrough drugs. Full story...
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FDA approves first over-the-counter diet pill

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videoBig news for the tens of millions of people trying to lose weight: starting Friday a brand new weight loss drug will be available in drugstores. It's the very first FDA-approved weight loss drug sold over the counter. Full story...
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Congress probes contaminated water legacy at Camp Lejeune

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Former Marines convinced that contaminated water sickened their families at Camp Lejeune are demanding that Congress intervene while the military considers compensation claims. Full story...
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Autism cause hard to pinpoint

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As many as one in every 166 children in this country is diagnosed with autism, but medical researchers still know little about its cause. As the number of autism cases continues to rise, doctors still don't know why. Full story...
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Past contaminated water at Lejeune suspected in death and illness

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Thousands of Marines and their families went to serve their country at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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