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Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. More>>

This 3D-printed cast looks awesome

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Have you ever worn a cast? I have not. But friends have told me they're uncomfortable. Hot and itchy.  More>>

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care Video included

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Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and... More>>

2 more dead of flu in NC

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There’s an update on the number of flu deaths in North Carolina. More>>

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. More>>

What you’re eating could be throwing seasonal allergies into overdrive

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Many people are dealing with allergies from several different types of pollen. But did you know what you eat can... More>>

Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats

Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. More>>

Groups aim to combat child abuse Video included

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Child abuse affects hundreds of children in Eastern Carolina every year. More>>

NC officials urge caution after Hepatitis A cases

Officials at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are reminding residents to always take precautions when preparing food regardless of where they are. More>>

Studies: Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas. More>>

Police taught to spot signs of psychiatric crisis

When a 6-foot-5, 270-pound man with a history of violence broke out of a mental health ward near Philadelphia and tried to withdraw money from a bank, a confrontation with police seemed likely. More>>

Iraq scrambles to fight polio surge amid conflict

Across parts of Iraq, medical teams in white coats and gloves again roam the streets giving children polio vaccines and marking the walls of their homes, fighting a resurgent virus once more taking advantage of the... More>>

Officials: Charlotte pizza worker has hepatitis A

Mecklenburg County health officials say recent customers of a Charlotte pizza restaurant should get a hepatitis A vaccine. More>>

North Carolina's obesity rate higher than national average

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A new Gallup poll shows nationwide, the U.S. obesity rate increased to 27.1% in 2013, the highest Gallup and Healthways have recorded since tracking began in 2008. The obesity rate in North Carolina is a tick above the national average at 28.1%. More>>

Leo Jenkins Cancer Center a finalist for Livestrong grant Video included

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The Leo Jenkins Cancer Center in Greenville is calling on you to help score a major grant. More>>

New Bern firefighters fighting fat Video included

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Firefighters are known for their cooking expertise and high-calorie meals, but those meals and a resistance to fitness are causing a spike in overweight and obese firefighters. More>>

Relay For Life Friday in Pitt County Video included

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The year-long fundraising effort culminates in Pitt County. More>>

4 more deaths from flu reported in North Carolina

North Carolina health officials say four more people have died from flu-related illness. More>>

How does the Affordable Care Act affect you? Video included

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The Affordable Care Act is changing the way health care works in the country. It's also affecting individuals and providers. More>>

Vidant Health lifts flu restrictions

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Vidant Health is changing its visitor policy as flu season winds down. More>>

Vidant Health restructures police departments

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Vidant Health is restructuring two separate police departments and creating a Vidant Health Police Department. More>>

Greenville hosts "Making Pitt's Babies Fit" Video included

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The 22nd annual "Making Pitt's Babies fit" maternity fair took place at the Greenville Convention Center. More>>

Controversy stemming from PED virus Video included

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State officials and environmental groups are at odds about the state's action in the PED virus outbreak affecting pig farms in North Carolina. 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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