After battle with cancer, Lewis sworn in as senior resident superior court judge

Ola Lewis has been fighting liver cancer for several months and says with prayer and her support team, she was able to beat it and return to the courtroom.

Makers of Budweiser team up with medical marijuana company to test cannabis-infused drinks

Health expert warns of mold-related illnesses after Hurricane Florence

Short and not-so-sweet: Can you go 5 days without sugar?

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra host 15k and 5k

Kristen Dalton Wolfe: Former Miss USA helps women find ‘The Sparkle Effect’ (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

Heartland dietitian warns against Keto diet

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  New coffee shop offers CBD additives for your cup of joe

Imagination Playground at YMCA plans to help children exercise bodies, minds

NHRMC to station Airlink helicopter at Novant Health

Bladen County Hospital to permanently close maternity center due to hurricane damage, declining deliveries

Health benefits of CBD earn high praise from a veteran, businessman, and doctor. But what does the research show?

NHRMC announces visitor restrictions at women’s and children’s hospital due to spike in RSV cases

  Older adults want answers after UnitedHealthcare drops SilverSneakers; company expands its fitness program

For people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans with UnitedHealthcare, the company said it has chosen to expand its fitness program beginning in 2019 under the name Renew Active.

Hospitals mandated to post costs of procedures, services online

Knowing the price before paying seems like an obvious concept, but until 2019, hospitals didn’t have to tell patients up front how much a procedure costs.

Here’s the first baby born in Columbus County of 2019!

The first baby of 2019 in Columbus County was born shortly before 6 p.m.

GRAPHIC: Teen returns from cruise with ‘terrifying’ mystery illness that’s left her permanently blind

The mystery illness first appeared after 15-year-old Jordyn Walker returned from a cruise, leaving her face swollen and bloody.

NHRMC welcomes first baby of 2019

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

Looking to shed some pounds in 2019? Fitness experts share tips

Local singer’s condition worsens as he fights rare disease

Woman holds fundraiser to help cousin in need of a kidney

Pender County woman in search of second kidney donor

  New rule will force all U.S. hospitals to post prices for common procedures

This will allow patients to compare prices for medical procedures.

North Carolina wildlife officials warn of deer disease

North Carolina wildlife officials are warning of a deadly disease encroaching on the state's deer population.

AirLink now carries plasma to help critical patients

AirLink, the helicopter at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, is now carrying plasma in addition to packed red blood cells to help critical patients who have suffered injuries that cause severe blood loss.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

FDA warns about dangers of teething necklaces, bracelets after death of 18-month-old boy

One report involved a 7-month old child who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet while under parental supervision and was taken to the hospital. Another involved an 18-month-old child who was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap.

NC flu deaths increase to eight

Additional flu deaths have been reported in North Carolina last week, bringing the state’s total to eight.

Final beam to be added to new Public Health & Social Services building

New Hanover County celebrated a milestone Tuesday in the construction of the Public Health and Social Services building with the addition of the final beam.

New study found almost half of parents re-use antibiotics

When antibiotics are used on something they aren’t meant to treat, she said they could cause serious side effects.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Del Monte canned corn recalled

Del Monte Inc. announced a recall of nearly 65,000 cases of fiesta corn seasoned with red and green peppers due to under-processing.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

It’s national influenza vaccination week; 5th flu-related death reported in NC

Another flu-related death has been reported in North Carolina, bringing the state’s total to five so far this season.

Pink Heals Cape Fear to close its doors

Pink Heals Cape Fear announced on Facebook Thursday the chapter will close at the end of the year due to the lack of available volunteers.

PLAID PACK: Chemotherapy not necessary for some breast cancer patients

A clinical trial of breast cancer patients revealed those in the early stages of the disease may not have to undergo chemotherapy.

Dosher Hospital using telemedicine in overnight patient care

Eagle Telemedicine will provide a physician, electronically, overnight, to conduct examinations in the hospital’s 25-bed patient care unit.

8-year-old says he ‘feels amazing’ after beating stage 4 cancer

The family of a 8-year-old boy is overwhelmed with happiness after he beat stage four cancer, according to the family’s Gofundme account.

Vehicle emission tests to end in Brunswick County starting today

Starting December 1, Brunswick County will be among 26 counties that will no longer require vehicle emissions testing, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.

Battling stress after Hurricane Florence and through the holiday season

The holidays can be a stressful time. For many families, this year may be more stressful than in years past. Thousands of families in our region are dealing with the stress of trying to pick up the pieces of their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Florence. In many cases, it’s having a direct

‘Fill the Boot’: Firefighters raise money to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.

Firefighters will be posted at intersections around New Hanover County thru December 1 for the annual Fill the Boot campaign.

Unauthorized access to New Hanover, Columbus county healthcare databases may have involved personal information

Multiple forensic experts reviewed AccuDoc's systems and it appears an unauthorized third party gained access to AccuDoc's databases between Sept. 22-29

Cleveland Heights school mandates vaccinations after measles outbreak in New York

“There’s really no good credible science for someone not to be vaccinated,” said Dr. Baruch Fertel with the Cleveland Clinic.

CFPUA responds to state’s agreement with Chemours over GenX in drinking water

The order requires Chemours to reduce GenX air emissions, provide permanent replacement drinking water supplies and pay a $12 million civil penalty to DEQ and an additional $1 million for investigative costs.

Students challenged quarantine amid chickenpox outbreak at NC school

The largest outbreak of chickenpox in North Carolina since the vaccine was introduced in 1995 has prompted a legal challenge.

Local ministry offering free health screenings, flu shots with Thanksgiving meals

Word Changing Hearts Ministries is hosting its annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 21

CDC: Don’t eat romaine lettuce until we tell you

Romaine lettuce has caused an outbreak of E.coli.

Keeping your loved ones safe from food poisoning this Thanksgiving

Food safety tips to keep in mind before, during, and after preparing the big meal.

Three dozen children contract chickenpox at NC private school

Officials say more children have contracted chickenpox at a North Carolina private school with a high rate of parents who seek religious exemptions from vaccine requirements.

How to avoid the extra pounds this Thanksgiving

7 tips to help you navigate the dinner table without the guilt.

Car seats and winter coats: a dangerous combination

According to Consumer Reports, winter coats can cause the harness of the car seat to be too loose, thus rendering it ineffective in a car crash.

Study: One energy drink can harm our blood vessels

Caffeine packed energy drinks are popular. You've heard the health risks about drinking them before, but you may want to pay attention to a new study.

2 new flu deaths reported in NC; 4 total for the 2018 season

North Carolina health officials reported two new flu deaths in the past week, bringing the total to four so far in the 2018 season.

GRAPHIC: Mom warns against vape pen after one explodes, leaving son with shattered jaw

A mother's warning tonight against vape pens. This after one exploded in her son's mouth, breaking his jaw in three places, knocking out many of his teeth.

Woman feeling captive in own home due to epilepsy

Stephanie McNeil was diagnosed with epilepsy at 18 years old and she experiences three types of seizures: grand mal, petit mal, and nocturnal.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

’I was livid all over again’: Blood tests in GenX Exposure Study come back positive for PFAS

On Tuesday night, researchers with the “GenX Exposure Study” revealed their findings that blood samples of 345 New Hanover County residents tested positive for several PFAS, but not GenX.

Surgeon praises technique that combines breast removal, reconstruction: ‘It’s a huge advance’

A surgeon is Wilmington is praising a procedure that allows a woman with breast cancer to have her breasts removed and replaced in a single operation, instead of two procedures spread over the course of a year.

Substance Use and Addiction Commission meets in Brunswick Co., discusses detox facility, plans for community event

Ten members of the Brunswick County Substance Use and Addiction Commission gathered Thursday for their first meeting in the Health Services Boardroom.

Rate of birth defects higher in some southeastern NC counties

From 2003-14, the DHHS analyzed four categories of birth defects in Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pender counties using data from the NC Birth Defects Monitoring Program.

CDC links Salmonella outbreak in 35 states to raw turkey products

The Centers for Disease Control says a Salmonella outbreak has now made 164 people sick across 35 states.

Woman with rare autoimmune syndrome spreads message of hope after second kidney transplant

Amy Moore, born and raised in Southeastern North Carolina, was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome at the age of 16, completely changing the course of her young life.

Math error, leaky containers blamed for company emitting too much toxic gas

A company with logging treatment operations in Wilmington has been fined about $6,730 for emitting too much methyl bromide, a potentially toxic gas, and failing to accurately keep track of records, according to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

Chickenpox cases up to 28 at NC private school

Health officials say 28 private school students in North Carolina now have chickenpox as they work to contain the outbreak.

Death related to hepatitis A outbreak, NC health officials confirm

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the first death related to an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A.

PLAID PACK: GI cancers deadly if not caught early

Gastrointestinal cancers, which involve the entire GI tract, remain some of the deadliest cancers if not caught early.

Hundreds walk to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Hundreds gathered at Wrightsville beach for the 3rd annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. Alzheimer’s an incurable disease that 5.7 million Americans are living with everyday; causing the brain to slowly deteriorate and lose memory.

Hundreds attend She Rocks luncheon that benefits ovarian cancer research

5th annual She Rocks fundraiser luncheon that benefits ovarian cancer research

State reports death in New Hanover County related to West Nile virus

New Hanover County officials, citing a report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, announced that a county resident who recently died tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Over 4,000 pounds of medication collected in NHRMC disposal event

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center said 4,060 pounds of medication and 28,960 needles were collected during Saturday’s medication disposal event.

NHRMC Trunk or Treat to benefit SECU Family House

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is throwing a Fall Festival Trunk or Treat to benefit the SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).

UNCW hosts Cape Fear Heart Walk

Over 1500 people gathered at the UNCW campus Saturday morning for the American Heart Association’s Cape Fear Heart Walk.

Smartphone app allows medical employees to work shifts on their time

If you work as a certified medical assistant (CMA) in Wilmington, you’ll soon be able work “as needed” gigs by signing up through a smartphone app.

‘You’re going to destroy it’: Sand mine proposal stirs outrage from neighbors worried about water, noise, wildlife

More than 100 people attended a community information session Wednesday night about a proposed sand mine in Castle Hayne, and the atmosphere turned testy as people voiced their complaints and concerns.

Teal Pumpkin Project indicates allergen-free trick-or-treating

Residents and families can use the Teal Pumpkin Project to find out where safe locations for allergen-free treats are being handed out.

Doctors see large spike in head lice around Halloween

Doctors say trying on hats, wigs and masks without knowing who had them on before you can be a major risk. But Halloween stores are not the only concern.

Columbus Co. teen with heart condition pleasantly surprised by having his wish granted

Zachary Inman, who suffers from a heart condition and had heart surgery in 2015, learned he will be leaving for Key West, Fla., on Nov. 6 for a six-day stay at the Margaritaville Resort.

State suspends assisted living facility’s license after finding ‘evidence of neglect’

The state has summarily suspended the operations of an assisted living facility in Columbus County after an investigation found “evidence of neglect and failure to protect residents from potential harm that presents an imminent danger to the health and welfare of residents in the home.”

CDC confirms three cases of Polio-like disease affecting children in NC

A polio like disease called Acute Flaccid Myelitis has been found in kids throughout the country.

DHHS: GenX not detected in blood, urine samples from 30 Fayetteville residents

North Carolina health officials said GenX was not found in the blood and urine samples taken from 30 people living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.