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    Testimony by North Carolina’s state epidemiologist sheds light on discord among health experts on the decision to rescind do-not-drink advisories for wells near coal ash waste. By Catherine Clabby As state regulators prepare to release risk assessments of Duke Energy coals ash waste impoundments this week, a state health official divulged that some health officials […]

    The post Health Officials Clashed Over Well-Water Letters, Testimony Shows appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    DEQ says all Duke Energy coal ash waste must be dug up, but wants permission to be more lenient if improvements occur. By Catherine Clabby State regulators have raised the risk designations for some of Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps, a move that could require 25 impoundments to be dug up by 2024. Or not. […]

    The post DEQ: Duke Needs to Dig Up All Its Coal Ash appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    Doc makes it his mission to bring subspecialists to rural southeastern North Carolina. By Taylor Sisk Fernando Moya, requires little sleep – which is fortunate, given that his days are stretched pretty thin. Moya, a neonatologist, is founder, president, and CEO of Coastal Children’s Services, a pediatric subspecialty group. The practice is based in Wilmington, […]

    The post Enhancing Neonatal Care in Underserved Areas appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    The report is only produced every four years and examines markets in the entire U.S. By Rose Hoban The performance of some health systems in North Carolina has improved during the past four years, but according to a new report, they could serve people better if the state expanded Medicaid. In a report that’s issued […]

    The post Report: Medicaid Expansion Would Improve Outcomes in NC Health Markets appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    Hurricane Matthew flooding will produce multiple hazards at home, indoors and out. Accurate information and time are required to help families cope. By Catherine Clabby There’s little worse than the vast flooding Hurricane Matthew has unleashed in North Carolina. Dirty water has breached homes, storefronts, nursing homes. People have been trapped in cars stalled in […]

    The post When Floods Recede, Troubles Rise appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Rose Hoban Veterans at VA hospitals and clinics in North Carolina and Virginia had longer wait times for appointments, care and referrals to specialists, including for mental health care, than the electronic scheduling system showed  to regional Veterans Affairs leadership. An audit released last week by the Veterans Health Administration Office of the Inspector […]

    The post Audit: VA Hospital Waits Longer Than Reported appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Catherine Clabby Harmful algal blooms, particularly the periodic explosive growth of cyanobacteria species, appear to be increasing in frequency and severity globally, researchers from the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. While most algae pose no risk, harmful algal blooms, whether green or reddish masses floating on the surface of […]

    The post Sounding the Toxic Algae Alarm appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Rose Hoban Michael Stoiko drove up from Wilmington on Tuesday evening with several coworkers so he could speak for two minutes. By the time Stoiko, a pediatric critical care physician, finished speaking to about 250 people attending a public hearing on North Carolina’s Medicaid reform plan, you could hear a pin drop. That’s because […]

    The post Children’s Health Concerns Predominate at Final Medicaid Listening Session appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Rose Hoban A four-line provision in the North Carolina Senate’s budget could make it more difficult for hospitals and other providers who receive state dollars to perform abortions in North Carolina. In past years further restrictions on abortion have come in the form of high-profile bills making their way through raucous committee hearings. But […]

    The post Budget Abortion Language Could Jeopardize Hospital Procedures appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Catherine Clabby Twice in recent years, tough-to-extract, industrial chemicals have been detected in the Cape Fear River, a source of drinking water for millions of North Carolinians. Both compounds pose health threats at certain concentrations but neither, as of yet, is regulated by federal water standards, which states help to enforce. This month, the […]

    The post Another Unwelcome Contaminant in the Cape Fear River appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Taylor Knopf The final state budget includes a little more than $10 million in state funds to combat opioid addiction and overdoses across the state over the next two years. That’s half the amount pledged earlier this year. Throughout the session, it’s been unclear how much the state would allocate to the cause. Lawmakers […]

    The post After Playing Hide-and-Seek, Opioid Treatment Funds Appear in the NC Budget appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Taylor Knopf One morning in March 2015, Michael Page, now 37, found himself shivering, yet dripping with sweat while sitting on a curb in downtown Wilmington. He didn’t know how he got there. His head was pounding, his senses overloaded by the sound of passing cars and the sun overhead. A firefighter repeatedly told […]

    The post Naloxone 101: How It Works & Who Is Using It appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Catherine Clabby Six weeks after his customers learned an industrial chemical called GenX had contaminated the Wilmington drinking water supply he manages, Jim Flechtner was still briefing his bosses on new questions related to the pollution. The uncertainties range widely, such as: What will be the best way to extract and safely release 49 […]

    The post GenX Pollution Questions Multiply appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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    By Catherine Clabby Gov. Roy Cooper has vowed to stop the Chemours Company from releasing the unregulated chemical, GenX, into the Cape Fear River. And his administration will review whether previous releases merit a criminal investigation. At a press conference in Wilmington on Monday, Cooper also said he will seek funds from the legislature, possibly […]

    The post Cooper Takes Aim at Chemours, GenX, Other Chemicals appeared first on North Carolina Health News.


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