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

  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.
  Deadlines approaching for healthcare enrollment for 2020

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  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.
  Nonprofit organized to stop sale or partnership of NHRMC
  Tips to prevent overeating and that sluggish feeling on Thanksgiving
NCDHHS: Second flu-related death reported in North Carolina this season

  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.

  HAPPENING TODAY: Medication take back event features 19 locations in 6 counties

It’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional healthcare, law enforcement and other organizations to host a medication disposal event in six counties.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

  NC Attorney General, WECT host opioid town hall meeting

North Carolina's attorney general is partnering with WECT to host a town hall meeting on the opioid crisis. The open discussion will take place on Thursday, October 24 in the Wilmington City Council chambers from noon to 1 p.m.

  N.C. health officials announce first flu-related death of season

North Carolina health officials on Thursday announced the first reported flu-related death of the 2019-2020 flu season.

  HAPPENING TODAY: Drop off your unused medications ahead of Drug Take Back Day

NHRMC is hosting a medication disposal event on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Partnership Advisory Group to hold first meeting next week

New Hanover County Partnership Advisory Group (PAG) will meet Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Andre’ Mallette Training Center at the New Hanover County Government Center.

Suicides and homicides on the rise in young people in the U.S., according to the CDC

Suicides and homicides are on the rise among children, teens and young adults in the United States, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This is Carolina: Man turns ‘I can’t’ into ‘I can’ after almost 400 pound weight loss

One Grand Strand man made a decision that not only changed his life, but it also saved his life.

  Addicted: Part Three - Road to Recovery

Efforts to push back against the opioid crisis have seen some success, but House said he believes there is still a long road ahead — one that, like the recovery road of an individual struggling against substance abuse, will require a variety of remedies and a shift in perspective.

  How the $48B opioid settlement could help or hurt local municipalities

Wilmington has been called the ‘opioid capital of the world.' The city, county, and region have been working to combat this epidemic for years. New Hanover County was the first county in the state to join a lawsuit looking to hold major drug companies accountable.“It’s origins stem from the under

New Hanover County Commissioner travels to Ohio to represent county’s opioid lawsuit

New Hanover County commissioner Woody White met with other government representatives Friday to talk about lawsuits filed by across the country to take a stand against the parties responsible for contributing to the opioid epidemic.

  Playing for a purpose: annual golf tournament benefits NHRMC’s Pink Ribbon Project

The fall-like temperature Friday was perfect for the annual Play for Pink golf tournament held at Magnolia Greens in Leland.

  Smooth transition after county sold hospital in Brunswick

The county transferred ownership of Brunswick Community Hospital to Novant Health, in exchange for the company’s commitment to build a new, modern hospital for the county.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

  “The most important thing is to get vaccinated”: Doctors urge everyone to get the flu vaccine ahead of the season

Flu season begins in October and lasts through May, but here in the Cape Fear, we see a peak in late December and early January.

  NHC Health and Human Services Board considers bans on vaping in public

The board will consider two proposals at their Oct. 15 meeting.

  South Brunswick High School hosts a forum on the dangers of vaping

Amidst a recent string of vaping-related illnesses across the country, South Brunswick High School hosted a forum for parents and students to discuss the dangers of vaping.

  Flu shot fact and fiction

MinuteClinic Nurse Practitioner Annie Krzan joined us on WECT News First at Four to dispel common myths about the flu vaccine

  New mobile heart lab in Brunswick County brings healthcare closer to home

A new Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography (CATH) Lab has been mobilized for Brunswick County, located at the Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. Partnered with New Hanover Regional Medical Center, this lab will help patients in Brunswick, by not have to travel long distances.

  ‘No one should feel ashamed of how they feed their baby’: Woman shamed for breastfeeding child at YMCA

The Nir Family YMCA has been in hot water after a viral Facebook post by a mother who says she was shamed for breastfeeding her child in the pool area.

  Women encouraged to speak up about their pelvic floor problems

A local doctor is asking women to speak up about their undercarriage issues because though it may be embarassing, it's more common than you think.

  UNCW clinic offers affordable mental health services to the community

A new program at UNCW is offering mental health services to the Wilmington community without the need for insurance.

  New Hanover County offers free flu vaccines

New Hanover County health officials will offer a free flu vaccination event on Saturday, Oct. 12.

  Cape Fear Buddy Walk recognizing National Down Syndrome month

Coastal Buds to host the annual Cape Fear Buddy Walk in Wilmington October 12

Blue Bell issues voluntary recall on Butter Crunch for potential plastic

Blue Bell Ice Cream issued a voluntary recall of half gallon Butter Crunch Ice Cream because of the possibility the product may contain a foreign object.

‘We’re not alone’ - ‘Sesame Street’ tackles addiction crisis

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction. The initiative is part of the Sesame Street in Communities resources available online.