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10 new flu deaths reported, bringing NC total to 42 this season

North Carolina has reported 10 new flu deaths for the week from Jan. 7-Jan. 13, bringing the total number of deaths to 42 for the flu season that began Oct. 1, 2017.

West Virginia leads nation in drug overdose death rate

West Virginia still leads the nation in the rate of drug overdose deaths.

A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender?’ Experts alarmed

Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based."
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Flu season off to an early – and nasty – start

This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.
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Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen strawberries

At least 40 people have been sickened in a hepatitis A outbreak that health officials believe is linked to frozen strawberries, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
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WHY IT MATTERS: Opioid epidemic

More Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history, with overdose deaths hitting a peak of 28,000 in 2014. That amounts to 78 Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

South Carolina resident contracts potentially fatal amoeba

Health officials say a South Carolina resident has contracted a rare, potentially deadly brain-eating amoeba that is naturally present in warm fresh water.

CDC: Amoeba didn’t die in whitewater center’s murky churn

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pointing to a problem with murky waters in the North Carolina water rapids course where an Ohio teen is believed to have been exposed to a brain-attacking amoeba.

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