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Healthy, low-fat diet helps fight colon cancer

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Previous research has found connections between a meat- and fat-heavy western diet and heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. Now, it's been linked to colon cancer. A new study reveals a healthy low-fat diet can make a difference even after you've been diagnosed. Full story...
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Local stores selling recalled canned meat

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There could be a danger still lurking in your local grocery store. The New Hanover County Health Department says some area stores have been selling recalled canned meat linked to an outbreak of botulism. Full story...
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New clinical trials using electricity to zap cancer

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New clinical trials at 12 major hospitals around the country are using electricity to zap cancer cells. One study participant who a year ago was given only six months to live. Full story...
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Five simple health measures could save lives

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The American health care system is often criticized for placing too much emphasis on disease treatment and less effort on disease prevention. But preventing disease can have a big payoff, according to a new study. Full story...
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Cape Fear Hospital celebrates 50th anniversary

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Half a century ago Cape Fear Memorial Hospital opened its doors to provide health care to residents in our area. Since then, it has grown to become one of the top orthopedic hospitals in the country. Full story...
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Southeast N.C. under heat advisory Monday

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Southeast North Carolina was under a heat advisory until six p.m. Monday. Experts say 175 people die from heat-related illnesses each year. With our area under a heat advisory, people need to take extra precaution. Full story...
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African-American women more likely to die from breast cancer

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African-American women as a group fare less well than white women when it comes to breast cancer. Recent research shows that while African-American women are less likely to get breast cancer than Caucasian women, they are more likely to die from it. Full story...
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North Carolina mental health facilities short on space, squeezing hospitals

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Shrinking capacity and growing demand have increasingly squeezed North Carolina hospitals looking to transfer mental health patients into psychiatric facilities. Full story...
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Strollathon to benefit Rett Syndrome Research Foundation

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There's an event coming up in October that we want you to know about. It's a strollathon at Wrightsville Beach Park to raise money to find a cure for Rett syndrome. Full story...
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Millions suffer 'silent strokes'

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videoA new study by researchers at the University of Alabama has an important new warning that could save your life. The details, published in the journal "Stroke" reveals that as many as 10 million Americans may have suffered a small stroke without even knowing about it. Full story...
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Car interiors reach dangerously high temps

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videoIt's August, in the middle of summer. And if you think it's hot out there, just consider how hot it can get inside of a car, without any air conditioning. Well, we wanted to show you. So, we bought a thermometer that we'll be placing on our dashboard, to show you the rising temperatures during one of the hottest times of the day. Full story...
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Audit: change in health insurance could help 10,000 more kids

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A state audit says about ten-thousand more children could receive government-sponsored health insurance. But it requires a change in the way North Carolina processes medical claims, which the audit says would free up $16 million. Full story...
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Rainbow of foods benefits health

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What you eat could reduce your risk of cancer, according to a new study. Having a rainbow of foods on your plate benefits your health. Full story...
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Are your friends making you fat?

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Researchers from Harvard Medical School looked at weight gain among 12,000 people in a study tracking relatives, friends and neighbors for more than 30 years. The results published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that people are more likely to become obese if their friends and family put on excess weight. Full story...
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N.C. inspectors looking for recalled Castleberry's food products

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Nearly 100 food items are the focus of a statewide inspection to make sure recalled chili, corned beef hash, and canned dog food is off store shelves. Full story...
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