NHC commissioners approve resolution to explore hospital sale

In one of the most controversial decisions in recent memory, a divided New Hanover County Commission voted today to explore the sale of the county owned hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  North Carolina officials cite drop in opioid overdose deaths

Opioid lawsuit win sets precedent for NHC litigation

  NC Treasurer raises concerns about potential sale of NHRMC

  Bladen County Opioid Task Force hosts upcoming forums

  You can help end the blood shortage by donating in Southport

  Educate, exercise, and empower: Walk with a Doc program gets resident on their feet towards a healthy lifestyle

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  Back to school: Be sure to add an eye check up to your checklist

  West Nile virus found in mosquitos in central Brunswick County

  National Immunization Awareness Month: local exemption rates, facts, and myths

  Flu vaccines delayed for upcoming season

  Back to school: Tips to make sure your child starts the school year healthy

  Back to School: Is your child’s backpack too heavy?

  New children’s soccer program hopes to capitalize on sport’s growing popularity

A new children’s soccer program recently launched in Wilmington that hopes to capitalize on the excitement of Team USA’s win in the Women’s World Cup this summer

N.C. health officials investigate possible link between vaping and lung disease

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating recent reports of severe lung disease after vaping.

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

  Toxic algae suspected of killing three NC dogs can have human health impacts

The toxic blue/green algae suspected of killing three Wilmington dogs in a matter of hours could pose human health risks according to a doctor at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

  State agency conducts tests at pond dog owners blame for causing the death of three pets

  Back to School: Expert shares tips to get your child ready for a school year bedtime routine

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

  West Nile Virus found in New Hanover Co. mosquito

Carolinas near bottom of the list when it comes to healthcare in the U.S., study says

  County, hospital officials pitch business leaders on proposed hospital sale

  Wilmington therapist wins national mental health counselors award

Attitudes toward mental health treatment have changed dramatically since Joseph Kertesz got his start in the field but Kertesz's enthusiasm for helping people hasn't.

Insurance reverses decision, will pay for toddler’s $2 million drug

A 19-month-old boy has been denied a $2 million drug.

Facing emergency blood shortage, Red Cross offering Amazon gift card for donations

Faced with an emergency blood shortage, the American Red Cross is offering a $5 Amazon gift card for those who donate blood or platelets through Aug. 29.

Man develops fatal brain infection after swimming in Cumberland Co. lake

A man is dead after an amoeba went up his nose and caused a fatal brain infection after he swam at a Cumberland County lake, health officials said.

  County to consider sale of New Hanover Regional Medical Center; Commissioners respond

After 52 years as a public hospital, New Hanover Regional Medical Center could be headed for new ownership.

Bladen County Hospital part of partnership with Vidant Health

Cape Fear Valley Health, which includes Bladen County Hospital, has entered into a partnership with Vidant Health.

Tests confirm West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes in parts of Richland County

Richland County officials have confirmed West Nile Virus activity in Forest Acres and St. Andrews.

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

Company issues voluntary recall of hamburger, hot dog buns for potential choking hazard

The Carolinas are involved in a voluntary recall issued for hamburger and hot dog buns, along with other foods from Flowers Foods, Inc.

  Phone pals help local seniors cope with loneliness

The New Hanover County Senior Resource Center is looking for volunteers for their phone pals program.

  Red Cross needs blood; plenty of opportunities to donate locally in July

With blood supplies running low, the American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for all blood types.

NHRMC receives comprehensive stroke center certification

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the only DNV-certified comprehensive stroke center in North Carolina, according to a news release.

  Wilmington teen one of five to represent NC at JDRF Children’s Congress

Catchie McDonald will be one of five kids representing North Carolina at the 2019 JDRF Children's Congress in Washington DC.

  Father of son who died from an overdose reacts to passing of Death by Distribution bill

Law enforcement has a new way to battle the opioid crisis in North Carolina after Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 474 into law on Monday.

  Cooper signs bills addressing drug dealers, missing persons

Legislation designed to give North Carolina prosecutors a new tool to convict drug dealers is now law.

  Opioid quick response team receives another year of funding

In February, the Coastal Horizons Quick Response Team had connected with 66 survivors of opioid overdoses, getting them treatment they need. Less than six months later, that number is up to 148.

PETA to fly banner over southeastern NC beaches this weekend

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) will deliver a message from the air in our area this weekend.

Medac Urgent Care now an authorized VA urgent care provider

Five locations in Wilmington are now authorized VA urgent care providers, meaning eligible veterans can receive on-demand care without prior authorization or an appointment.

  Tips for a festive yet safe Fourth of July

First responders are gearing up for another Fourth of July weekend, and the inevitable calls for service that come with it.

  Coastal Horizons gets $200K federal grant to aid opioid addiction treatment

The Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington is one of six facilities in North Carolina to share $1.2 million in federal grants to fight the opioid epidemic.

  New Hanover Regional Medical Center unveils new method to remove brain tumors

This technique has been around for several years, being tested in research institutions and academic centers, but has only recently become a mass marketed technique used by surgeons.

  Board approves 100-bed substance abuse treatment facility for women

The Board of Commissioners also passed an amendment to fund the demolition and rebuild of the Division of Juvenile Justice facility.

  New Hanover County Board of Commissioners vice chair proposes 100-bed substance abuse recovery facility for women

Julia Olson-Boseman said a treatment facility is just as necessary for women as it is for men.

  Study finds chemicals from sunscreen can be absorbed into blood; dermatologists say don’t ditch it

A clinical trial conducted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has beachgoers and pool lovers concerned about chemicals in sunscreen being absorbed into the bloodstream.

GOP lawmakers tout local benefits of compromise budget plan

GOP lawmakers are touting spending in the compromise budget plan that they say will benefit their local districts.

FDA issues warning to Wilmington company selling kratom

A Wilmington store is among two businesses that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to for illegally selling unapproved, misbranded kratom-containing drug products claiming they can treat or cure opioid addiction and withdrawal symptoms.

  Study finds 89% of US citizens turn to Google before their doctor

Kim Martin, a physician’s assistant at Masonboro Family Medicine, finds that number to be believable.

  Lifesaving lessons: Pediatricians recommend swim lessons beginning at age 1

Children can begin taking Infant Swim Resource (ISR) lessons as early as 6 months old

Board approves New Hanover Co. fiscal year budget; $116M slated for public schools

According to a news release from the county, this marks three consecutive years the tax rate has either stayed the same or been reduced.

North Carolina officials warn of possible measles case

Health officials warn that people who visited a coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, last week may have been exposed to measles.

  Highway 6: Blueberries produce huge health benefits

Blueberries are considered one of the healthiest foods making the fruit a top choice for doctors and nutritionists.

  Highway 6: Angels lend their legs to the disabled for the Blueberry Festival 5K

A non-profit group called Ainsley's Angels provides adaptive chairs and able body runners to help the disabled participate in the NC Blueberry Festival in Burgaw

  Willie Stargell Foundation distributes $150,000 for kidney care

The Willie Stargell Foundation presented checks on Thursday to help local patients living with kidney disease.

  Protecting your skin from the sun’s rays and not just during the summer months

It's important to wear sun skin while laying out by the pool or when going to the beach, but you should actually wear it every day, according to medical experts.

  Infectious Disease Doctor: No threat of Lyme disease in the Cape Fear region but you still should worry about tick bites

In our part of North Carolina, ticks carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which causes fever, headache, joint ache and muscle ache

Ashley High School students honored for completing I Can Do It! program

A New Hanover County high school honored students Tuesday at its first I Can Do It! Presidential Active Lifestyle Awards (PALA) event.

  Lawmakers respond to Duke University study that warned of repeated coal ash spills at Sutton Lake

Lawmakers responded Tuesday to findings from researchers at Duke University that coal ash spilled several times into a lake, and has gone unnoticed. The researchers said this most recently occurred after Hurricane Florence.

  WECT Investigates: Medicaid and ER visits — a look at expenses, expansion

As lawmakers battle over the state budget in Raleigh, arguably the biggest sticking point between the two political parties is Medicaid expansion.

  New walking trail makes it safer for an evening stroll

Mayfaire and New Hanover County Regional Medical Center partnered to add a new walking trail to the area.

  New Hanover County Relay for Life event works to raise money and awareness for cancer survivors

The annual event is Saturday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington.

Second business drops out of lawsuit against The Healing Place treatment center

The second of two medical facilities that sued over The Healing Place, a controversial planned treatment center on Medical Center Drive, has dismissed all its claims against the City of Wilmington, City Council, New Hanover County, IS Design and Trillium Health Resources.

Health care facility damaged by hurricane gets donation from NC Medical Society Foundation

In Burgaw, storm damage forced a vital Pender County health care facility to close for eight days, and even after Black River Family Practice reopened, it took a while before it was able to be 100 percent operational.

  'He’s just amazing’: NC middle school teacher saves choking student

Teachers often provide their students with life lessons. Friday, though, one teacher didn’t give his student a lesson. He saved his life.

  NHRMC hosts ‘Stop the Bleed’ training at high school

Representatives with New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Services Department hosted a Stop the Bleed training event at Laney High School Tuesday afternoon.

  ‘One of the hardest jobs out there’: Encouragement and tips for not only taking care of yourself, but someone else too

The Lower Cape Fear Hospice as several resources for those caregiving for someone who is ill.

Local experts address factors impacting CBD dosage, efficacy

New CBD shops opening throughout our area mean more people deciding to take CBD, and if they do, how much to take, and how frequently.

  NC becomes first state to sue JUUL for targeting younger customers

North Carolina's attorney general is suing JUUL saying the company designed and marketed its e-cigarettes to attract younger customers.

  Learn to take care of yourself for Women’s Health Week

May 12-18 is a reminder for women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority.

  Red Cross calls for donors amidst critical Type O blood shortage

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and needs eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

  Working to solve food insecurity with a community kitchen

Community Enrichment Initiatives, Inc. is working to raise money to build a community kitchen to offer cooking and nutritional classes at the MLK Center in Wilmington.

Firefighters fight internal battle

Toxins that cause cancer are being released when burned, which has led to more cases of the disease in firefighters.

  Welcome Home Angel gives child bedroom makeover to help with sensory needs

Welcome Home Angel, a non-profit organization that provides bedroom makeovers to children with chronic or debilitating illness or injury, held a special reveal Tuesday for a Wilmington boy named Grayson Allen.

Summer camp works to help kids cope with the death of a loved one

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is hosting Sunshine camp for young people who have experienced the death of someone special.

Local service dog program, paws4people, provided therapy dogs for UNCW students during finals week.

UNCW event, Recharge at Randall, allowed stressed out students to pet and interact with dogs during finals week.

  New bill would set tougher punishments for drug dealers if substance causes death

A bill that would create harsher punishments for a person who distributes drugs that result in the user’s death has passed in the state House and will go to the Senate next.

  Bunny yoga classes sell out

Bunny yoga might be the next big thing as classes were sold out for the days yoga sessions at the Wilmington Boxing and Fitness Center.

  ‘It’s very preventable:’ Unsafe sleep practices common in accidental infant suffocation deaths

A recent study published in the journal called Pediatrics shows accidental suffocation is a leading cause of infant deaths within their first year.

NC Senate overrides Cooper veto of abortion bill, House to vote Thursday

The North Carolina Senate has agreed to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation directing doctors and nurses to care for an infant born alive after an attempted abortion.