Bridge closure prompts Dosher Memorial Hospital service changes

Planned construction on the Barbee Bridge between Southport and Oak Island will cause some Dosher Memorial Hospital services to be relocated.

NHRMC offering medication disposal at 17 sites

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with multiple organizations to offer 17 medication disposal locations across six counties Saturday, Oct. 27.

Double mastectomy to reduce breast cancer chances not recommended by a local oncologist

Prophylactic mastectomies can reduce a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer but removing the breasts does not guarantee a woman will not get the disease.

Local family has warning after son dies studying abroad

Last month, 21-year-old Ryan was in Vietnam visiting friends. The group went out for some drinks and that is when everything changed. Ryan began not feeling well and several hours later he died.

Mold causing numerous health issues after Florence

It destroyed homes and flooded entire communities, but Hurricane Florence also left many people feeling the physical effects.

Mold removal: Ways you might be making the problem worse

As Hurricane Florence recovery efforts continue, mold continues to be a problem for many home and business owners.

More than 300 households participate in prescription drug drop

Dosher Memorial Hospital said motorists, cyclists and pedestrians representing 320 Southport area households dropped off 9,600 expired or unwanted pills Thursday during Operation Medicine Cabinet.

Aerial mosquito spraying starts Tuesday night in Brunswick Co.; Pender Co. eschews aerial treatments

Crews in Brunswick County are spraying for mosquitoes by airplane starting Tuesday night, and the public is asked to stay inside during evening hours.

Urgent Care center opens in new location as ExpressCare

New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Urgent Care location on Military Cutoff Road has relocated and been renamed.

Pain medicine recalled for packaging issue

Some of the ingredients in Uber Numb are poisonous if swallowed. The spray and cream are being recalled because the packaging isn't child resistant as required.

State extends vaccination deadline because of Florence

Because of disruptions caused by Hurricane Florence, North Carolina health officials are giving families longer to obtain required school and daycare immunizations.

Vehicle emission tests to end in Brunswick County on Dec. 1

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.

How to prevent food poisoning weathering a storm without power

Food poisoning is the last thing you want to have while going through a weather emergency without power.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Shave for Sean fundraiser enters sixth year of fighting childhood cancer

When it comes to raising awareness about childhood cancer, the goal for one local fundraiser is pretty clear-cut.

Wilmington-based company creates smartphone app for wound care

A smartphone application can help people needing wound care get quick access and treatment from a certified healthcare provider. Here's a simple version of how it can work: You snap a picture of the wound, select where on your body it's located, and share a few more details about your condition.

Tides program launches to help pregnant women with opioid use disorders

Tides is a non-profit which provides evidence-based treatment services to pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder.

Overdose awareness day event held by B.A.C.K. O.F.F. Brunswick

Friday August 31 is overdose awareness day and one Brunswick County group held a candlelight vigil in memory of people who have died from drug addiction Friday evening.

Cancer-causing virus is spread through sex, but kids need the vaccine at age 11

A virus spread from person-to-person through intimate contact can cause cancer decades later, and the best way to protect yourself and your kids is getting a vaccine at ages 11-12, but as early as age 9 and as late as 26 years old.

The 4 most common sexually transmitted infections in New Hanover County and how to avoid them

Sexually transmitted infections (STI) and the resulting sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are spreading faster over the last five years in the U.S. and locally in New Hanover County.

Flu season is coming soon, but you can already get the vaccine now

Flu season in the U.S. typically runs October through May, but the vaccine has already been manufactured and is available in some locations throughout the U.S.

  Naloxone a new addition to school nurses' offices

Elementary school nurses will have access to Naloxone, a drug used to reverse opioid overdoses.

Author addresses national opioid crisis at Brunswick Community College appearance

Sam Quinones, the author of Dreamland, the True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, spoke in Brunswick County Thursday night about the nationwide crisis.

The night shift at age 15: Grace chooses to care for her grandmother with Parkinson's, dementia

A typical day for Grace Eason, 15, starts a little before noon. She sleeps in because she cares for her grandmother, Martha, late into the night. "I stay up until three or four in the morning with her," said Grace.

Doctors should 'prescribe' more playtime for children, report says

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends doctors write children a prescription for playtime every day.

Dosher to partner with Novant Health for surgical services

Dosher Memorial Hospital is partnering with Novant Health to provide general surgery for Dosher patients, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Rouzer responds to criticism of recent opioid symposium

The symposium happened July 30 at the Coastline Convention Center and featured people recovering from opioid addiction, followed by a panel of experts who deal with patients suffering from addiction.

Himalayan Salt Cave for healing could be coming to Wilmington

A Wilmington woman is working to bring a Himalayan Salt Cave to the Port City.

9/11 first responder in NC worries about toxic exposures: 'You're a ticking time bomb'

Chuck McLiverty, a retired NYPD Detective, lives with skin allergies, a crushed hand, and painful memories nearly 17 years after responding to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. "We may make light of it, joke about it, but you're always just wondering, am I next?"

CFCC offers new program aimed at helping addicts

Dr. LaTonya Niang is the human services technology program director and she was on WECT's News Now Thursday afternoon to discuss the substance abuse associate in applied science degree program, which launched this month.

'It is extremely contagious': Doctor at NHRMC stresses importance of getting measles vaccine

While you're checking items off the back-to-school supply list, doctors want to remind parents to remember one more thing — vaccinations.

  Fatal drug overdoses rising in NC faster than 48 other states, fentanyl partly to blame

People are dying from drug overdoses in North Carolina at a faster rate than 48 other states, according to provisional data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Consider This: 'Licensed to Pill' exposes aggressive opioid prescribers

This is a truly ground breaking investigative series that exposes some of the most aggressive prescribers of opioids in the country and uncovers their questionable methods of doling out pain pills.

Fight the bite: Ways to keep mosquitoes away from your kids

Dr. David Hill says using traditional bug sprays containing DEET is not harmful to children, especially at concentrations of less than 30 percent.

Brunswick County drug treatment court gets $2 million grant

Brunswick County's Treatment Court was awarded a $2 million grant on Wednesday.

Lung cancer scan saves longtime smoker’s life

Herbie Walton says a relatively new lung cancer scan saved his life. Doctors found a pea-size spot on his lung and removed it.

Inspired by memory of her husband who overdosed, woman overcomes heroin addiction

There is no shortage of overdose stories in our area. Yvette Barbour could have been one of those stories. Her husband, Michael Barbour, is. He lost his battle with heroin addiction three months ago.

Hitting the front lines: Cape Fear Opioid Overdose Response team launches Friday

The new opiate overdose response team is the next line of defense in the opioid epidemic that has plagued the Cape Fear Region.

Congressman David Rouzer hosts opioid symposium

Congressman David Rouzer hosted an opioid symposium Monday evening at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington.

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Precaution urged after Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in Brunswick Co. mosquitoes

State health officials have identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in pools of mosquitoes collected in central Brunswick County last week.