North Carolina forms coronavirus task force

  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
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N.C. patient tested for coronavirus was not infected

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says a patient who was being tested for the newly-discovered coronavirus was not infected with the disease.

  YMCA program for amputees helps Wilmington runner train for Boston Marathon

Marc Dunshee is determined.

  20-year-old Virginia man has leg amputated after severe complications from flu

A Petersburg family is opening up about a severe case of the flu that led to their loved one having to have his leg amputated.
  20-year-old Virginia man has leg amputated after severe complications from flu
Six more people die from flu in North Carolina
  Get Fit With 6: Fitness and nutrition for women over 50

  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.

  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.