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.

Pink Heals Cape Fear to close its doors

PLAID PACK: Chemotherapy not necessary for some breast cancer patients

Dosher Hospital using telemedicine in overnight patient care

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

Vehicle emission tests to end in Brunswick County starting today

Battling stress after Hurricane Florence and through the holiday season

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

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

Cleveland Heights school mandates vaccinations after measles outbreak in New York

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

Students challenged quarantine amid chickenpox outbreak at NC school

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

  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

Study: One energy drink can harm our blood vessels

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

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

Woman feeling captive in own home due to epilepsy

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

  ’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.

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.

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.