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Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

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"Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found. More>>

3 ways insurers can discourage sick from enrolling

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By TOM MURPHY AP Business Writer Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using... More>>

UN health agency urges crackdown on e-cigarettes

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Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes - banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors - until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday. More>>

9 On Your Side Investigates Coal Ash And The East

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Coal ash is one of the most challenging problems facing the state. More>>

Law enforcement working together to ensure safety at ECU games Video included

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For most Pirate fans, the most important thing is winning the game. More>>

Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer... More>>

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

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Pediatricians have a new prescription for schools: later start times for teens. More>>

Health officials say the earlier the better for flu shots

Health officials say the earlier the better for flu shots Video included

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Health officials recommend everyone gets vaccinated as early as September.  More>>

IG: Shoddy care by VA didn't cause Phoenix deaths

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Government investigators found no proof that delays in care caused veterans to die at a Phoenix VA hospital, but they found widespread problems that the Veterans Affairs Department is promising to fix. More>>

US official warns Ebola outbreak will get worse

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A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse. More>>

Anti-abortion groups to rally at Hagan's office

Anti-abortion leaders are planning a rally outside Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan's office in Charlotte to highlight her position on proposed abortion legislation. More>>

Health-care fears loom large in gay marriage cases

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When Niki Quasney felt a piercing pain in her ribcage in March, the oncologist treating her advanced ovarian cancer told her to get to an emergency room immediately. More>>

Join us for the 9 On Your Side Caring for Carolina Blood Drive

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9 On Your Side is trying to help out with the American Red Cross' blood shortage. More>>

Liberia: Doctor given experimental Ebola drug dies

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A Liberian doctor who received one of the last known doses of an experimental Ebola drug has died, officials said Monday. Separately, Canada said it has yet to send out an untested vaccine that the government is donating. More>>

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak

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As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public... More>>

Ebola: Care and recovery of 2 American aid workers

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Two American aid workers have recovered from Ebola and left an Atlanta hospital, after weeks of intensive treatment in a special isolation unit. More>>

Democrats reframe debate on health care

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President Barack Obama's unpopular health care law is losing some of its political punch as vulnerable Democrats see it as less of an election-year minus and Republicans increasingly talk about fixing it instead of... More>>

US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

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The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun. More>>

Pitt County reports first confirmed case of Chikungunya Video included

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Pitt County says it has its first case of Chikungunya. More>>

Coach Ruff and staff take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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A special event followed ECU's practice Friday morning. More>>

Ice Bucket Challenge and 9OYS help Lenoir Co. woman raise funds for ALS Video included

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We told you earlier this week about a Lenoir County woman who is embracing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after losing both her mother and grandmother to the disease. More>>

Doctor: No health risk from 2 US Ebola patients Video included

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A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk. More>>

90% of hospitals and clinics lose their patients' data

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No industry has been hit harder by hacking and data breaches than health care. More>>

9 On Your Side talks rural healthcare with DHHS in Raleigh Video included

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Rural healthcare and Medicaid are two of the biggest challenges facing the state right now, but there are a lot of different ideas of how to meet the need. 9 On Your Side's Josh Birch spent Wednesday in Raleigh with state health officials. More>>

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

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Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350... More>>

UN undertakes polio vaccination campaign in Iraq

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The United Nations said Monday it was undertaking a mass polio vaccination campaign in Iraq, hoping to reach millions of children as the highly contagious virus crosses from Syria into neighboring countries. More>>

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumors

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Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren't the only... More>>

New details: Did Vidant intend to close Vidant Pungo hospital? Video included

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The allegation that Vidant health had the intention of closing Vidant Pungo hospital in Belhaven has been said by Mayor Adam O'Neal the past several months. More>>

Martin General issues statement following massive hospital records breach Video included

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A massive data breach affecting hospital patient records hits 4 hospitals in North Carolina, including one in the east. More>>

Slideshow: ECU Brody School of Medicine holds annual white coat ceremony Video included

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East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine welcomed in 80 new medical students on Friday. More>>

Vidant responds after temporary restraining order in fight over Vidant Pungo Hospital Video included

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A small victory for the NAACP and Belhaven as a Wilson County judge issues a temporary restraining order on Vidant and Pantego Creek LLC. More>>

Planned water outages hitting Pamlico County

Pamlico County Water Department advising consumers to boil water after planned outages on Wednesday and Thursday. Pamlico County Water Department advising consumers to boil water after planned outages on Wednesday and Thursday.
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The Pamlico County Water Department is issuing a notice of planned water outages for Wednesday and Thursday.The department said water is being disconnected to repair the water distribution system. Consumers along Kershaw Road between Lovick Lee Road and NC 306 South in Arapahoe will be affected on Wednesday. On Thursday, water will be disconnected to repair the system along River Road and Pierson Point Road. More>>

No toxic algae found in Cape Fear River

The state says no toxic algae have been found in the Cape Fear river near the intakes for the Brunswick and New Hanover county drinking water intakes. 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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