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House approves VA health care overhaul

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The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. More>>

Officials: Little risk of Ebola outbreak in US

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U.S. health officials are monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Africa but say the risk of the deadly germ spreading to the United States is remote. More>>

Now 12 reported cases of Chikungunya in NC

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There are now 12 reported cases of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya in North Carolina. More>>

Missionary groups call for evacuation from Liberia Video included

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Two North Carolina-based missionary groups have ordered the evacuation of their non-essential personnel from Liberia after a doctor and a missionary contracted Ebola. More>>

New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

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No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say... More>>

Despite good news, benefit programs face problems

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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward... More>>

$1,000 Sovaldi now hepatitis treatment of choice

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The price is sky-high, but so is demand. A new $1,000-per-pill drug has become the treatment of choice for Americans with hepatitis C, a liver-wasting disease that affects more than 3 million. More>>

Commissioners add another option for Belhaven health care

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Beaufort County Commissioners vote to add another EMS option for Belhaven.   More>>

Nigeria death shows Ebola can spread by air travel

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Nigerian health authorities raced to stop the spread of Ebola on Saturday after a man sick with one of the world's deadliest diseases brought it by plane to Lagos, Africa's largest city with 21 million people. More>>

Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B

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A bipartisan deal announced Monday would authorize about $17 billion to help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat veterans and make it easier to fire executives at the Department... More>>

Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

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If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. More>>

Beaufort County commissioners to discuss adding ambulance Monday Video included

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Beaufort County Commissioners are meeting Monday to discuss whether to add an additional ambulance to service the Belhaven area.
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Fist bumps less "germy" than handshakes Video included

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A nice firm handshake has long been a mark of good manners and elevated social skills, but it's also a very germy way to greet your fellow humans. More>>

Police seek man who refused tuberculosis treatment

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Prosecutors in Northern California said Thursday that they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. More>>

Aid Group: 2nd American has Ebola in Liberia

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A second American aid worker has tested positive for the Ebola virus at the same hospital in Liberia where an American doctor became infected while helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly disease, a relief group... More>>

Millions in insurance rebates coming to Carolinas

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Millions of dollars in health insurance rebates will be coming to consumers in South Carolina and North Carolina from companies the government says spent too much of premium dollars on profits and red tape last year.
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HIV pills show more promise to prevent infection

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By The Associated Press There is more good news about HIV treatment pills used to prevent infection in people at high risk of getting the AIDS virus: Follow-up from a landmark study that proved the drug... More>>

McDonald's stands by rotten meat supplier

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McDonald's is standing by a troubled supplier, even after allegations the company processed tainted and expired meat in China. More>>

Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH

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Experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year, as more young people looked to drugs to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks, according to a new,... More>>

ECU Autism Center receives crucial $1M grant Video included

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East Carolina University received an anonymous $1 million gift for its Family Autism Center to expand its services. More>>

Ohio woman has long road ahead after rock attack

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Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass in Pennsylvania had shattered Sharon Budd's skull - to keep her alive. More>>

Taking precautions against new mosquito virus Video included

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The types of mosquito that can potentially carry the Chikungunya virus are common in eastern North Carolina.   More>>

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

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For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear. More>>

Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia

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Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick. More>>

New group forms in fight to get Vidant Pungo Hospital re-opened Video included

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It's now been 3 weeks since Vidant Pungo Hospital shut its doors. More>>

Health officials confirm chikungunya in Cabarrus Video included

Cabarrus County health officials have confirmed the county's first case of chikungunya, saying the patient was infected while traveling in a Caribbean country. More>>

Red Cross in urgent need of blood donors Video included

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The American Red Cross reports blood donations are down approximately 8% over the last 11 weeks. More>>

Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers

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A few weeks before their prom king's death, students at an Ohio high school had attended an assembly on narcotics that warned about the dangers of heroin and prescription painkillers. More>>

Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

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A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. In Pennsylvania, a doctor was removed from... More>>

Beef pollutes more than pork, poultry, study says

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Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. More>>

Former NFLers: Painkillers easy to get up to 2012

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By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer Dozens of former players joining a lawsuit against the NFL say teams kept handing out powerful painkillers and other drugs with few - if any- safeguards as recently as 2012.... More>>

AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet

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A prominent researcher, two activists and at least three others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the... More>>

Health officials: Food label changes not enough

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Nutrition facts labels on food packages list ingredients and nutrient levels, but they don't tell consumers outright if a food is good for them. More>>

FDA warns against powdered caffeine

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The FDA says even a teaspoon of the powder caffeine could be lethal - it is equivalent to 25 cups of coffee.  More>>

Giving rural communities access to affordable dental care Video included

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Giving people access to affordable dental care and helping students learn is the idea behind East Carolina University's community service dental learning centers. More>>

Trying gene therapy to create biological pacemaker

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No batteries required: Scientists are creating a biological pacemaker by injecting a gene into the hearts of sick pigs that changed ordinary cardiac cells into a special kind that induces a steady heartbeat. More>>

NC health officials urge vigilance for mosquitoes Video included

Health officials in North Carolina want residents to remain diligent in protecting themselves from mosquito bites after Florida announced its first two locally acquired cases of chikungunya. More>>

Jones Co. Health Director fired

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The Jones County Health Director who was recently appointed by board is no longer in the position. More>>

ECU professor recognized for protein discovery Video included

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An ECU professor is receiving national recognition for a protein she discovered. More>>

VA chief: Agency has lost trust of vets, public

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost the trust of veterans and the American people as a result of widespread treatment delays for people seeking health care and falsified records to cover up those delays, the... More>>

Pamlico water customers advised to boil water

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Water customers in the Whortonsville area are urged to boil their water because of a main line repair. More>>

Aquatics and Fitness Center to host Fitness Study

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The City of Greenville’s Aquatics and Fitness Center is looking for Fitness Study participants More>>

New brain protein tied to Alzheimer's disease

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long... More>>

Alternative methods available to treat growing PTSD problem Video included

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As PTSD continues to grow, therapists are looking at new ways to treat the problem. More>>

Spinal injuries at the beach: how lifeguards train to treat them Video included

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The beach is a popular destination for people trying to escape the summer heat. More>>

Pregnancy and exercise: How to help your baby before it's born Video included

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Researchers with East Carolina University say exercising while pregnant may have some very positive effects on your baby well into its development. More>>

Got a rash? Blame your iPad.

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Unexplained rash? Check your iPad.  More>>

John's story Video included

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When we first met John Hutchens, he could barely walk.  More>>

Greenville store owner in national spotlight for offering healthy alternatives

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A local store owner gets national attention for providing healthy alternatives. More>>

Many parents of obese children underestimate their weight

Half the parents of overweight or obese children don't think their kids have a weight problem, a new analysis reveals. More>>

Are you addicted to being too busy?

These days, having a crammed work, kids and activities schedule has almost become a status symbol. But being super-busy isn’t always a sign of a fulfilling life More>>

Recession triggered wave of health worries

Americans' concerns about stomach ulcers and other stress-related health problems rose sharply during the recent recession, according to a new study. More>>

Labeling food with 'stop' or 'go' colors might spur healthier diet

Hospitals might be able to coax cafeteria customers to buy healthier food by adjusting item displays to have traffic light-style green, yellow and red labels based on their level of nutrition, new research suggests. More>>

Kids who exercise more may get better grades

Getting regular daily exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity may also boost students' academic performance, according to a new U.K. study. More>>

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