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Swimming Alert Lifted For Pamlico River Site

Updated: 08/30/2012 - Additional testing shows bacteria levels at the Ragged Point Swim Area near Washington have dropped below the state and federal standards set for swimming and water play.

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State Confirms Second West Nile Death

Updated: 08/29/2012 - State health officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, with a total of five cases confirmed so far.

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Ryan Takes Medicare Mother On Campaign Trail

Posted: 08/18/2012 - Vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan is telling seniors they have nothing to worry about when it comes to Medicare and Social Security if his Republican Party wins the White House. Don't believe him? Just ask his 78-year-old mother.

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Duplin County Melon Recall Expanded

Updated: 08/15/2012 - Burch Farms of Faison in Duplin County is recalling every cantaloupe and honeydew melon it has grown this year.

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US Kids Still Heavy, But Cholesterol Down

Posted: 08/15/2012 - Finally some good news about cholesterol and kids: A big government study shows that in the past decade, the proportion of children who have high cholesterol has fallen.

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Alzheimer's Treatment Not The Hoped For Miracle

Posted: 08/15/2012 - A cancer drug is turning out not to be the miraculous treatment for Alzheimer’s that many had hoped. Two papers out Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine warn families of Alzheimer’s victims not to seek treatment with Targretin (generic name: bexarotene).

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Obama, Romney Attack Each Other Over Medicare

Posted: 08/14/2012 - Romney accused President Obama of cutting Medicare "to pay for Obamacare," launching a strong counterattack to Democratic charges he and running mate Paul Ryan would radically remake the popular health care program that serves tens of millions of seniors.

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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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