NHRMC launches new clinic to help treat ALS patients
Dosher Memorial Hospital names interim CEO, president

Possible tuberculosis cases at UNC Charlotte under investigation

Health officials are investigating two possible cases of tuberculosis (TB) at UNC Charlotte.

  ‘It’s going to change the health of the nation:’ Growers tout health benefits of local grape

Muscadine grapes, grown only locally here in the southeastern United States, is being considered by researchers as one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.
First child under age of 5 dies from flu in North Carolina
  New Hanover County Schools still without an interim superintendent
North Carolina forms coronavirus task force

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Several people being monitored for coronavirus in Meck County, no indication of infection

Sources say the people are not originally from Mecklenburg County but have been through China’s Wuhan District, where the virus was first reported in 2019.

  BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Looking back on Wilmington’s all-black hospital

Janice Barfield remembers the old Community Hospital well — she was a nursing student there in the 1960′s.

North Carolina Poison Control has already received 65 calls on new coronavirus line

North Carolinians are already utilizing the North Carolina Poison Control’s coronavirus helpline, according to Dr. Michael Beuhler, the medical director of the NCPC.
North Carolina now has a coronavirus helpline
4-month-old girl beats brain cancer and rings the bell

Myrtle Beach ranked as one of the top 100 cities for STD cases

A new study ranks Myrtle Beach as one of the top 100 U.S. cities for cases of sexually transmitted diseases.

  Columbus Regional Healthcare announces flu-related visitor restrictions

The Columbus Regional Healthcare System has announced restrictions for visitors under the age of 18 in an effort to prevent the spread of flu.

SQUAT CHALLENGE: News anchor, personal trainer pair up to take on YMCA

WECT’s Frances Weller and personal trainer, LaMaine Williams have paired up to take on the YMCA in a squat challenge

N.C. health officials report first flu-related pediatric death this season

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first influenza-associated pediatric death for the 2019–2020 flu season.

Mom makes desperate plea for 8-year-old son in need of bone marrow transplant

A Tennessee Mom is making a desperate plea for her son battling a serious condition -- sickle cell anemia.

  Concerned daughter captures elderly mother’s nursing home abuse on hidden camera in N.C.

A concerned Gaston County woman put a hidden camera in her mother's room at a nursing home to ensure her mom was getting appropriate care. Instead, the video caught two nursing assistants abusing her mother within 24 hours of the camera being installed. The DA won't press charges.

  What you need to know about the new nutrition label from the FDA

The FDA has updated the Nutrition Facts label to help make understanding it easier.

NHRMC issues flu-related visitor restrictions

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center have issued flu-related visitor restrictions in an effort to keep the illness from spreading within hospital facilities and the community.

  NHRMC AirLink now 24/7 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

Patients will have even better emergency care now that the New Hanover Regional Medical Center AirLink aircraft stationed at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is operating 24 hours a day.

  Cold weather caution: why keeping coats on your kids in car seats can be deadly

With winter just days away and temperatures dropping, health and safety professionals want to remind parents of car seat safety as the weather changes.

Proposed change to N.C. rule could pave way to better access to dental care

Under the proposed changes to the prior exam rule, a dentist would not have to be present to supervise a dental hygienist who is providing care to a patient who has not met the prior exam requirement.

  New Hanover health board passes new rules on vaping, smoking; Final decision in hands of County Commission

New Hanover Co. health board heard public comments and voted on possible rules prohibiting e-cigarettes in public places.

  Double Dipping: the nail trend that could leave you at risk for infection

Dip powder manicures have become a popular staple at most nail salons. The hot trend is said to make color last longer than gel manicures.

  New Hanover Co. health board asks for public comment on possible rule prohibiting e-cigarettes

The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would prohibit the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes in county-, town- and city-owned buildings, grounds, and vehicles as well as public places.

Booze it & Lose it: Find a designated driver instead

The N.C. Governor's Highway Safety Program is launching its annual Holiday Booze It & and Lose It Dec. 16. During the campaign, law enforcement around the entire state will step up patrols to catch impaired drivers.

  ‘It changed by life,’ YMCA recognized by CDC for Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA of Southeastern NC received full recognition status for their Diabetes Prevention Program. The award is the highest honor given by the Center of Disease Control.

  Newly approved drug called a ‘game changer’ for patients with cystic fibrosis

A recently approved new medication, Trikafta, is already showing positive results for patients with cystic fibrosis. Jacob Venditti, 26, says after just four days of taking the medication, he already noticed an improvement in his breathing, and enjoyed a full night of uninterrupted sleep.

CDC investigating E. Coli outbreak linked to salad kits

Officials believe the likely source of the outbreak is the Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kit.

USPS issues new Healing PTSD semipostal stamp

The U.S. Postal Service issued a new stamp this week, aimed to help raise money for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Third flu-related death reports in N.C. this season

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ weekly flu report, the death took place during the week of Nov. 17-23.

  North Carolina infant mortality rates reach 31-year-low

Infant mortality rates in North Carolina reached at 31-year-low in 2018. According to the state infant mortality report, there were 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Got a big turkey for Thanksgiving? Start thawing it Friday!

Turkey is a traditional and delicious part of the Thanksgiving celebration, but you have to be careful to thaw it and cook it properly to avoid foodborne illnesses that could come from an undercooked bird.

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination

A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

  Deadlines approaching for healthcare enrollment for 2020

Open enrollment for Medicare, Medicaid, and Federal Health Insurance Marketplace ends in December.

  Study shows Millennials are using Astrology to deal with stress, Charlotte residents agree

A study by the American Psychological Association is getting attention. It says Millennials turn more to Astrolog to help them process work, love and life. What’s written in the stars, is helping guide a generation.

  N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

The man didn't even get the rabies vaccination that day, but if he did, the bill shows it would have been an extra $13,048 charged.

Several area health care providers receive disaster preparedness grants

Gov. Roy Cooper announced that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Office of Rural Health has awarded grants for disaster preparedness to 23 health care providers affected by Hurricane Florence.

  Nonprofit organized to stop sale or partnership of NHRMC

A new nonprofit organization has been formed to stop the sale or partnership of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Save our Hospital, Inc. says they plan to launch a public information campaign.

  Tips to prevent overeating and that sluggish feeling on Thanksgiving

Trainers from a local gym stop by the WECT studios to share some nutrition and fitness tips for the upcoming holiday.

NCDHHS: Second flu-related death reported in North Carolina this season

According to the department’s weekly flu report, the second death happened during the week of Nov. 3-9, 2019.

  ‘1 in 10 will develop diabetes’: recognizing National Diabetes Month by knowing your risk and getting tested

November is National Diabetes Month. Millions of Americans, over 9% of the population, have diabetes.

  “The silent killer” strikes more frequently in colder months

Carbon Monoxide(CO), also know as the “Silent” or “Invisible” Killer, kills more than 400 people each year in our country. When the temperature drops, CO calls increase for first responders.

  Poll: County residents overwhelmingly opposed to selling hospital to for-profit group

According to a poll of 600 New Hanover County voters conducted Nov. 7-8, 82 percent of the respondents said they were opposed to that possibility.

UNCW collaborates with D.C. Virgo for ‘Super Health Fair’

Public health students at UNCW are teaming up with D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy to host a “Super Health Fair” this weekend.

  Coastal Horizons sees continued success, need for Overdose Quick Response Team

As southeastern North Carolina continues to struggle against the addiction epidemic, one of the measures created to fight on the front lines is seeing continued success — as well as continued need.

  Medical device lowers opioid prescriptions at NHRMC

A new device called the SofPulse is used by surgeons at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and removes the need for patients to take narcotics for pain.