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NC Will Diversify Health Insurance Contracts Beyond Blue Cross

Posted: 08/14/2012 - The State Treasurer's Office announced this week the State Health Plan's trustee board approved awarding some of the contracts to someone other than Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina -- the state's dominant health insurer.

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Doctors Target Gun Violence As A Social Disease

Posted: 08/12/2012 - Is a gun like a virus, a car, tobacco or alcohol? Yes, say public health experts, who in the wake of recent mass shootings are calling for a fresh look at gun violence as a social disease.

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Autism Diagnosis Study

Posted: 08/06/2012 - A new study about autism finds 30% of one-year-olds considered at risk for autism received a confirmed diagnosis of the disorder at age three.

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WARNING: Beef Distributed In NC Recalled

Posted: 08/03/2012 - Kenosha Beef International Ltd. is recalling nearly 19 tons of frozen bacon-cheeseburger patties because they may contain pieces of gasket material.

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Local Doctor Receives High Accolades

Posted: 08/02/2012 - A local Greenville doctor, William A. Ballance, Jr., M.D., was recently named in the US News and World Report as one of the top 249 pathologists on the list of US News Top Doctors.

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Two More Men With HIV Now Virus-Free. Is This A Cure?

Posted: 07/27/2012 - Two men unlucky enough to get both HIV and cancer have been seemingly cleared of the virus, raising hope that science may yet find a way to cure for the infection that causes AIDS, 30 years into the epidemic.

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FDA Warns Of Bacteria In Shellfish From NY Harbor

Posted: 07/21/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish harvested from New York's Oyster Bay Harbor because they have been linked to cases of foodborne illness in several states.

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CDC: Whooping Cough Epidemic Worst In 50 Years

Posted: 07/20/2012 - Whooping cough is causing the worst epidemic seen in the United States in more than 50 years, health officials said Thursday, and they’re calling for mass vaccination of adults.

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FDA Approves Weight-Loss Drug Qsymia

Posted: 07/18/2012 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new weight loss drug Qsymia on Tuesday, adding to a very skimpy arsenal of drugs Americans can take to battle severe obesity.

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A Warning For Gardeners In The East

Posted: 07/11/2012 - It's tomato time in gardens around the east, but there's something you should know to protect your bounty this year.

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The Tax Man Cometh To Police You On Health Care

Posted: 07/08/2012 - The Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama's health care law will come home to roost for most taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years, when they'll have to start providing proof on their tax returns that they have health insurance.

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Can Congressional Republicans Repeal Healthcare?

Posted: 07/04/2012 - While conservatives are still seething over last week's Supreme Court ruling saving President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, top Capitol Hill Republicans are gleefully using the decision to fire up their base with promises of a repeal in 2013.

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Heat Illnesses Spike During Triple-Digit Weather

Posted: 07/03/2012 - There are new numbers this morning on just how many people in North Carolina ended up in the ER over the weekend with the scorching triple-digit temperatures.

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