Phone pals help local seniors cope with loneliness

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

NHRMC receives comprehensive stroke center certification

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

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

  Cooper signs bills addressing drug dealers, missing persons

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  Opioid quick response team receives another year of funding

PETA to fly banner over southeastern NC beaches this weekend

Medac Urgent Care now an authorized VA urgent care provider

  Tips for a festive yet safe Fourth of July

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

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

  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

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

  Lifesaving lessons: Pediatricians recommend swim lessons beginning at age 1

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

North Carolina officials warn of possible measles case

  Highway 6: Blueberries produce huge health benefits

  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.

NC Treasurer touts NC Cash program, updates HB184

North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell talks about HB184, which would delay implementation of a new reimbursement structure for professionals who provide healthcare to state employees and retirees.

  Wilmington doctor to present findings on autism research at international conference

Dr. Karen Harum and UNCW graduate students studied more than 600 patients during a 10-year span.

  Medication take back event features 19 locations in 6 NC counties

New Hanover Regional Medical Center partnered with several healthcare centers, law enforcement agencies and other community organizations to orchestrate a medication disposal event Saturday.

  NHRMC and YMCA host Dancin’ in the Park for any and all fitness abilities

The free 8-week course helps get the community in local parks and breaking a sweat.

Strep behind cheerleader’s sudden death: 'This used to be something nobody knew about’

Dr. Riham Alwan at the Christ Hospital says there’s a reason they call strep leading to sepsis the silent killer.

  Three New Hanover County Schools will open for lunch May 1

New Hanover County Schools will open three schools for lunch May 1.

  Born after 1957? The CDC says you might need a booster shot to protect against measles

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ‘Generation X,' may want to consider getting another booster shot to protect against the measles.

  Stress Awareness Month: how stress impacts your work, relationships, and health

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress can have a serious impact on your mental, physical, and emotional health if not recognized and treated regularly.

  Neighborhood healthcare provider reopens after Hurricane Florence

Two to three feet of water flooded G & G Healthcare on South Madison Street in downtown Whiteville following the hurricane.

Treatment center coming to Wilmington faces lawsuit from neighboring businesses

Businesses near a proposed 200-bed treatment center for drug addicts have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to shut the operation down before it even opens.

  “I feel so much better”: Pender foster brothers out of hospital after successful transplant

Marshall Phillips (right) donated one of his kidneys to his foster brother, Kamali Hayes (left) during a combined eight-hour surgery in Greenville, N.C. (Source: Sheila Hayes)

  Wilmington counselor running Boston marathon with pacemaker

Peyton Chitty, Ashely High School counselor and track coach running Boston Marathon with pacemaker

Teams nationwide paddle to raise money for cancer patients and families

Staying afloat for 24 hours is the goal of paddlers Saturday, all to raise money for families affected by cancer.

Hundreds walk to raise awareness about ALS

Hundreds gathered today at Hugh MacRae Park Saturday to participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS.

  Walk to Defeat ALS: Local woman shares story of losing her brother

The Walk to Defeat ALS takes place April 13, 2019. Jessica Williams talks about losing her brother to the disease.

Help save a life by donating blood today

The American Red Cross and NHRMC are hosting two public blood drives in April.

  New Hanover County’s Coastal Fitness Challenge canceled due to weather

NHC's Parks and Gardens Department is hosting the second annual event at Ogden Park on Saturday, April 13.

  New ADHD treatment center works to help those suffering and to create awareness about the disorder

Coastal Ridge Health Services works to get children and adults the help they need to reach their full potential despite their ADHD.

  Hoggard High School student-athlete beats deadly virus to make it back on the football field

Doctors call him a miracle.

Researchers find toxic chemicals in Wilmington wildlife

Researchers at North Carolina State University say they found high levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS in alligators and striped bass in the Wilmington area.

  Giving the gift of life: Pender Co. foster brothers displaced after hurricane prepare to go under the knife

In 48 hours, a pair of foster brothers will go under the knife and while they may not be related by blood, they will soon be united by possibly an even stronger bond.

  Wilmington dentist uses laser technology instead of drills

Dr. Sarah Pless of Renaissance Dental Studio is using the first dental laser in southeastern North Carolina to drill for cavities.

  Dosher Memorial Hospital partners with local restaurants to teach healthy cooking and eating habits

Dosher plans to hold at least 7 free cooking classes this year to help teach portion control and the importance of good heart health.

  Groups hope to convert old railroad downtown into walking, biking trail

It’s a “unique project with transformative potential.” That’s what a group made up of community members is calling its vision to convert the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in downtown Wilmington into a pedestrian and bike trail.

  Azalea Festival queen visits children at NHRMC’s women’s and children’s hospital

Some special patients were treated like royalty Thursday when Azalea Festival Queen Briana Venskus and her court stopped by the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital for a visit.

  NHRMC lifts flu-related visitor restrictions

Officials with New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Thursday announced that flu-related visitor restrictions have been lifted due to a decrease in the incidence of the flu.

Brunswick County free dental day coming in May

Free dental care will be made available to Brunswick County residents during Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry’s eight annual Dentistry from the Heart event in May.

Health Expo and Science Fair teaches healthy lifestyle choices

New Hanover Medical Center presented a Health Expo and Science Fair for the students of Snipes Learning Academy. The expo centered on teaching students positive fitness skills and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices on their overall well-being.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

  New Hanover Regional Medical Center first in state to offer new aneurysm treatment

Dr. Vinodh Doss, the director of interventional neurology at NHRMC, said this is a safer option than traditional treatments because it involves less time doctors are in someone’s brain.

  Pharmacies scrambling to keep popular shingles vaccine on shelves

It’s a vaccine that hit pharmacy shelves last year, and since then, keeping it in stock has been tough.