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Feds To Curb Improper Payments To Medicare Plans

Posted: 02/25/2012 - The Obama administration says it's taking steps to fix a longstanding problem of improper payments to private health plans that serve 1 in 4 Medicare beneficiaries.

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Study: Young Football Players At Risk Of Concussions

Posted: 02/22/2012 - The first study to look at head impacts experienced by first and second grade football players finds these young children experience hits hard enough to cause a concussion.

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FDA To Review Inhalable Caffeine

Posted: 02/20/2012 - U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials plan to investigate whether inhalable caffeine sold in lipstick-sized canisters is safe for consumers and if its manufacturer was right to brand it as a dietary supplement.

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Autism Signs Appear In Baby's Brains As Early As 6 Months

Posted: 02/18/2012 - The early signs of autism are visible in the brains of 6-month-old infants, a new study finds, suggesting that future treatments could be given at this time, to lessen the impact of the disorder on children.

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Feds OK Later Cap On North Carolina Insurer Profits

Posted: 02/16/2012 - Federal regulators are allowing North Carolina insurers a one-year delay in meeting a requirement that more of each premium dollar goes toward medical services rather than overhead and bonuses.

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Study Finds Arsenic In Some Baby Formula

Updated: 02/16/2012 - People who buy organic foods often do so for their health, but a new study reveals an ingredient used in some organic foods could be toxic.

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Study: Late Night Texting Keeping Teens From Sleep

Updated: 02/13/2012 - Late night texting and too much screen time have parents concerned their kids are overstimulated, and not getting enough sleep. However, a study says, similar concerns date back decades.

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Charlotte Man Takes High Hospital Bill To State Supreme Court

Posted: 02/13/2012 - The state Supreme Court is scheduled Monday to hear Robert Talford's argument that his hospital should have to prove why it's reasonable to charge him up to 24 times more than a local pharmacy for medications.

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NC Insurers Wait On Health Care Overhaul Decision

Posted: 02/09/2012 - Federal regulators say they need more time deciding whether to stick with federal standards that could mean $12 million in rebates for more than 58,000 North Carolina residents who buy their own health insurance.

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CDC: Too Many Kids Breathe Others' Smoke In Cars

Posted: 02/06/2012 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's worried about the amount of second-hand smoke being inhaled by teens and middle-schoolers in cars.

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Komen Drops Plan To Cut Planned Parenthood Grants

Posted: 02/03/2012 - After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

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Hard-Cooked Eggs Recalled

Updated: 02/03/2012 - Michael Foods is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states, including North Carolina.

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Norovirus Hits Carteret County

Updated: 02/01/2012 - Carteret County is now reporting an outbreak of norovirus following a similar outbreak of the stomach bug in Pitt County last week.

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