YMCA program for amputees helps Wilmington runner train for Boston Marathon
  20-year-old Virginia man has leg amputated after severe complications from flu

Six more people die from flu in North Carolina

Another six people in North Carolina have died from the flu, bringing the total so far this season to 41 deaths.

  Get Fit With 6: Fitness and nutrition for women over 50

The importance of good nutrition and exercise for women over 50.
  Get Fit With 6: the turning point that ‘lit a fire’ to get healthy
N.C. health officials report 11 new flu-related deaths; 33 for season
UNCW women’s basketball team to host Pink Day for Kay Yow Cancer Fund

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  Lubbock mom speaks on son battling for his life against mysterious bacterial infection

24-year-old son Tanner Rodrigues who is fighting for his life at UMC due to a mysterious bacterial infection in his heart.

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.
  Columbus Regional Healthcare announces flu-related visitor restrictions
SQUAT CHALLENGE: News anchor, personal trainer pair up to take on YMCA
N.C. health officials report first flu-related pediatric death this season

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.

  NHRMC gets five-star rating for stroke care

Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, has given New Hanover Regional Medical Center five stars in stroke care.

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

The study found teens who experiment with vaping are more likely to try cigarettes but vaping first does not increase their odds of becoming smokers.

  Record numbers for local dentists Halloween candy buyback program

Bozart Family Dentistry will buy your Halloween candy from you in hopes to prevent cavities or other dental issues caused by sweets.

  ‘Feel something, do something,’ Young breast cancer survivor encourages women to know their bodies

Young breast cancer survivor encourages women to get to know their bodies and get checked out when something doesn't feel right

  Healthy Places initiative helps rural communities live healthier lifestyles

Healthy Places NC, an initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Grant, announced Wednesday that they will be working with Robeson, Columbus and Bladen Counties to reach their unique health goals.

  Doctor talks about racial disparity in NC infant mortality rates

Earlier this month, Governor Roy Cooper announced North Carolina’s infant death rate in 2019 reached the lowest rate in the 31 years they have been tracked, decreasing for the third straight year.

  Tattoo artist is the final phase for many breast cancer survivors

Local tattoo artist Sarah Peacock tattoos nipples on breast cancer survivors who have had breast reconstruction surgery.

Lung injury cases related to vaping continue to rise in North Carolina

The number of cases of severe lung injury associated with electronic cigarette use or vaping in North Carolina continues to rise with 61 reported cases, according to officials with the N.C Department of Health and Human Services.

  World Stroke Day: How we can prevent a stroke from happening

Tuesday is World Stroke Day and medical professionals want you to know the facts about strokes and how they can be prevented.

  Wrightsville Beach Police Department wears pink badges for breast cancer awareness

The Wrightsville Beach Police Department is wearing new pink badges to support and raise awareness for those fighting breast cancer.

  NHRMC collects 6,000 pounds of medications during disposal event

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center said approximately 6,000 pounds of unwanted medications were collected during a disposal event over the weekend.

NHRMC paves way for easier access to lung cancer screenings for low-income patients

Messier said since implementing the new CT scans, NHRMC has performed roughly 5,800 lung cancer screenings. In doing so, they’ve diagnosed 42 cases of lung cancer — 12 of which were caught at the earliest stage with a 92 percent, five-year survival rate.

  Is it the flu or vaping-related illness? Why doctors say it could be difficult to tell apart

Health professionals are still looking into the products and chemicals that could be causing the vaping-related illness outbreak across the nation. But doctors are concerned the next few months could be challenging as the flu season kicks into high gear.

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.