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Senator Cook: "Don't Blame Me For Vidant Pungo Closing"

Updated: 09/10/2013 - Republican Senator Bill Cook, who represents District 1, including Beaufort County, was accused in a news release by Democratic party spokesman Micah Beasley of being the reason Vidant Pungo Hospital in Belhaven is closing down.

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Who Is Molly? Dangerous Drug Gaining Popularity With New Name

Posted: 09/02/2013 - The deaths of two young adults and the hospitalization of four others this weekend following a massive electronic music festival in New York City — which was subsequently shut down by city officials — has reignited fears over the club drug MDMA, nicknamed “Molly,” which is the suspected cause of the deaths.

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Thomas Healthcare Institute Lost License, Ordered To Shut Down

Posted: 08/27/2013 - A Wake County Superior Court judge granted the attorney general's request for an order temporarily barring Thomas Healthcare Institute, Inc. and its owners from advertising or offering educational products or services. The company has locations in Charlotte and Raleigh.

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State Requires Worker Flu Shot At Govt. Health Centers

Posted: 08/26/2013 - The state government's 10,000 employees at public mental hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers and other facilities for people with disabilities will have to get flu vaccinations by Dec. 1.

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HEALTH ALERT: Whooping Cough Outbreaks

Posted: 08/22/2013 - Continued outbreaks of whooping cough across North Carolina have led state health officials to encourage residents of all ages to be immunized.

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McCrory Signs Law Requiring Hospitals Make Prices Public

Posted: 08/21/2013 - The measure requires hospitals to make public their prices on 140 common services and procedures, which will be posted online. Hospitals also would be unable in some situations to place a lien on someone's house to collect unpaid bills.

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Big Baby Boom: Supersize Deliveries Have Doctors Worried

Posted: 08/16/2013 - A month after delivering a 13-pound, 12-ounce baby girl, Pennsylvania mom Michelle Cessna is reveling in the healthy arrival of her “little blessing” while also scrambling to re-stock her diaper supply.

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Heavy Burden: Obesity May Be Even Deadlier Than Thought

Posted: 08/16/2013 - Obesity kills far more Americans than we think it does, according to a controversial new study that suggests obesity accounts of about 18 percent of all deaths in the United States - three times previous estimates.

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