New Hanover commissioners vote to consolidate Public Health, Social Services departments

  Operation Medicine Drop: Properly disposing your medicine and keeping your kids safe

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

Report: Suicide 2nd leading cause of death for NC children ages 10-17

  Concerned neighbors plan to appeal hospital’s emergency well project

  Carolina Beach opens new 1.2-mile section of Island Greenway

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Werk family estate gives $500K to NHRMC internal medicine residency program

  CBD for dogs popular among owners; vets warn of quality control

  More opportunities for seniors to socialize and exercise at new resource center in Castle Hayne

  Wilmington brewery event supporting MS Society

  Learn to make informed food choices during National Nutrition Month

  Proposed bill would toughen penalties for criminals who target pharmacies with intent to steal opioids

  How to stay one step ahead spring allergy season

The months of February and March is not only the time when tree pollination is in full swing, but allergy season as well.

  NC sued over transgender surgery benefit; Treasurer Folwell responds

North Carolina’s State Treasurer is responding to a lawsuit filed over the state’s treatment of transgender people. State employees argue in a lawsuit filed Monday that their health plan violated federal law and their constitutional rights by dropping coverage of medically necessary procedures.

  Become aware of your sleep patterns and habits during Sleep Awareness Week

This week is Sleep Awareness Week. We're learning the importance of enough sleep and how it impacts our daily lives.

  Nourish NC, Nunnelee Pediatric Clinic launch Food Farmacy program

One in four children in New Hanover County struggles with hunger, according to Nourish NC.

  Eat cake for breakfast event to raise awareness of MSA

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

  Friends spread awareness about methanol poisoning after UNCW student’s death

  Damian Brezinski: Using medicine and music to ‘Keep the Beat Alive’ ("1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

  New program designed to help malnourished patients after hospital discharge

Georgia House panel approves anti-abortion ‘Heartbeat’ bill

A Georgia House committee has approved legislation that would outlaw abortion after a fetus' heartbeat can be detected.

  Asbestos found in some Claire’s makeup, FDA says

Claire's does not believe that affected products are still available for sale.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

  Mother of UNCW grad raises awareness after son’s death from stroke

Time is something Sharon Martinhuss can never get back with her son but she hopes to keep his memory alive through awareness.

  Nursing program at Cape Fear Community College ranked #1 in NC

The Cape Fear Community College Associate Degree Nursing program tops the list for the 2019 Best RN Programs in North Carolina.

Birth control pill recall announced by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising the public about a nationwide, voluntary recall initiated by Apotex Corp. on a birth control pill.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

  Woman uses tragedy of delivering stillborn baby to help others in her position

Tiffany Nickle delivered her stillborn daughter, Isla, at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center on Jan. 22.

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

Finally, science proves what parents have been feeling since the beginning of time, having a newborn absolutely messes up your sleep cycle.

Moms of children diagnosed with cancer work to help families just like their own

Wilmington Cancer Moms raise money for cancer research and work as a support system for moms and families who have children diagnosed with cancer.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  Cold hold: Despite years of notice, 40 percent of SENC restaurants violated stricter refrigeration rule

This four-degree difference applies to restaurants, cafés, school cafeterias, grocery stores, gas stations, caterers, hotels, and any other type of food service facility requiring health department inspection.

  Defeat the dementia stigma by becoming a Dementia Friend

The Bladen County Division of Aging is hosting a Dementia Friends NC information session on Feb. 22 for locals to learn more about dementia and helping people who live with it in our community.

North Carolina health officials report 13 new flu deaths

North Carolina health officials say 13 people died from the flu in the state last week, raising the death toll for the season to 68

  Preventing diabetes and childhood obesity with education, free screenings

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina works to educate the community on diabetes and healthy eating habits with new programs and free events for the whole family.

Chick-fil-A offering keto-friendly menu options

The restaurant’s keto-friendly option allows you to eat on the go while sticking to the popular diet trend.

  Governor talks school bond referendum, Medicaid expansion during Tuesday visit

Gov. Roy Cooper made a pit stop in Wilmington on Tuesday looking to drum up support on two issues: More money for schools and expanding the Medicaid program.

NJ woman sentenced in NC for using children to traffic heroin

A multi-agency, long term investigation revealed Cherelle Hills was part of a network that was trafficking heroin from Camden, NJ to Brunswick County and other areas in between.

Nature’s Path Foods recalls more than 400,000 boxes of cereal

The voluntary recall is for more than 400,000 boxes in the EnviroKidz line – Choco Chimps, Gorilla Munch and Jungle Munch.

  Flu season continues in N.C.; healthcare providers report recent increase in sickness

So far this flu season, which runs Oct. through May, 35 people have been confirmed dead from the flu virus in North Carolina, with 26 of those who died more than 65 years old.

  Fitness Fellowship Faith: F3 Cape Fear works to integrate leadership and community into workouts

F3CapeFear is a network of free, peer-led workouts just for men hoping to build leadership skills to serve the community.

  Methamphetamine use on the rise in Bladen County

It’s a drug that is crossing county lines, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

  NHRMC staff brushes up on skills at trauma and acute care symposium

New Hanover Regional Medical Center staff spent an hour at the Wilmington Convention Center for its 30th annual trauma and acute care symposium Friday.

  Red Cross urging more people to donate during extreme blood shortage

New Hanover Regional Medical Center AirLink/VitaLink is hosting a blood drive Saturday, Feb. 9.

  Learn healthy heart habits at “Heart to Heart” event

The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold the "Heart to Heart" event Thursday, Feb 7. to highlight healthy heart education.

NC regulators cracking down on CBD-infused products; warning letters coming to businesses starting next week

Next week, North Carolina state regulators plan to send warning letters to businesses that are selling CBD-infused food and beverages, making unapproved health claims about CBD, or violating any other state or FDA law about the hyped compound.

  People with Flu symptoms urged to stay home

Many people associate flu season with November and December, but few realize that the peak of flu season isn’t until February or March.

Kids can free get dental exams in Brunswick County today

The Annual Give Kids A Smile event is back for the children of Brunswick County.

Columbus Regional announces flu-related visitor restrictions

Officials with Columbus Regional Healthcare on Thursday announced flu-related visitation restrictions that are effective immediately.

  Rise in measles cases tied to children not getting vaccinated

Measles are on the rise. New Hanover Regional Medical Center pediatrics chair, Michael Stoiko says it’s becasue parents have stopped getting their children vaccinated.

NHRMC announces flu-related visitor restrictions

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Wednesday announced flu-related visitation restrictions are now in place.

Vote on controversial 200-bed group home postponed for fifth time

The continuance was requested by New Hanover County, the project’s applicant, due to the amount of items on the agenda for city council’s meeting. Council approved the continuance until a Feb. 19 meeting and the public comment period will remain open until then.

Preventing the flu in a world full of germs

How to stay healthy in the midst of cold and flu season.

Proposed bill would increase cigarette taxes to raise SC teachers' pay

The proposed bill suggest cigarette tax should be increase by five cents on each cigarette that will help increase pay raises for South Carolina teachers.

  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.

  Recall: Chicken nuggets may contain wood pieces

The company became aware of the situation after three consumer complaints were filed. There are no reports of related illnesses from the apparent contamination.

Two new flu deaths reported in NC

Information from said flu-like illnesses decreased slightly for the week ending Jan. 12 but the geographic spread of flu was still considered widespread.

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

The makers of Budweiser are partnering with a medical marijuana company to research non-alcoholic drinks that are infused with cannabis.

  Health expert warns of mold-related illnesses after Hurricane Florence

As cold weather continues, many may find themselves facing winter illnesses, but if you have symptoms you cannot seem to shake, one Wilmington health professional wants you to be aware of an unexpected potential cause.

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

It's National Sugar Awareness Week and you may not be aware of how much sugar you consume each day.

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra host 15k and 5k

Wilmington Symphony Orchestra held a 15k and 5k fundraiser in Brunswick Forest Sunday morning.

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

Those closest to Kristen Dalton Wolfe knew she had a desire to one day become Miss USA. But behind what everyone saw as a confident titleholder, was a young woman battling feelings of self-doubt. Kristen’s drive to overcome those feelings is the backdrop for her third book, The Sparkle Effect.

  Heartland dietitian warns against Keto diet

A local dietitian says the keto diet is very risky.

  New coffee shop offers CBD additives for your cup of joe

Grow N.C., founded by Gus Villapiano, opened Thursday in Wilmington. The shop offers coffee from Lucky Joe’s in Wilmington, cocktails, healthy food and other items.

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

An unveiling ceremony for the Imagination Playground at 2710 Market Street is scheduled for Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m. An open play session at the playground will follow.

NHRMC stations Airlink helicopter at Novant Health

Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have partnered to station an AirLink helicopter at the Brunswick hospital.

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

Citing extensive damage from Hurricane Florence and declining baby deliveries, officials with Cape Fear Valley Health announced on Thursday that Bladen County Hospital’s Family Birth Center will not reopen.

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

While the hype around CBD has exploded over the last couple of years, scientific research is still relatively young. But studies that have been conducted show promising results for a variety of conditions, including anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, and chronic pain.

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

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Thursday announced visitor restrictions at patient care areas in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital due to an increasing number of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (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

Not long after many of us said goodbye to 2018, New Hanover Regional Medical Center said hello to the first baby born at the hospital in 2019.

FDA warns some antibiotics could cause aortic aneurysms to rupture

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that some antibiotics could cause the rupture of aortic aneurysms.

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

As we turn the page on 2018, many of us are looking to shed some holiday pounds and set fitness goals for the new year.