How a device used to revive a heart could ‘revolutionize’ transplants

The device, currently in clinical trials, was used for the first time in the United States Sunday to transplant the heart of a 26-year-old man who died of cardiac arrest into a 60-year-old veteran with heart failure.

Third flu-related death reports in N.C. this season

  East Charlotte CBD shop is one of 15 nationwide to receive warning letter from FDA

  United by one heart: Family of organ donor meets heart recipient

  Woman questions stem cell treatment advertised on radio after paying thousands with no pain relief

  ‘They’re seeing the most awful parts of our society quite a bit.’ CMPD psychologist helps with mental health

  Nonsmoking lung cancer patient aims to reduce stigma, raise awareness for more research

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  North Carolina infant mortality rates reach 31-year-low

  S.C. veteran pushes for change after cancer goes undiagnosed by Army for more than 2 years

  Study shows Millennials are using Astrology to deal with stress, Charlotte residents agree

  N.C. man charged $2,300 for walking through ER doors for cat scratch

  Pediatric cancer cure rates improving, more research to be done locally

  First ever metastatic breast cancer conference in our area

  York County woman addicted to opiates finds hope in new drug rehabilitation program

Officials in the York County judicial system are trying something out of the box in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic.

NCDHHS: Second flu-related death reported in North Carolina this season

According to the department’s weekly flu report, the second death happened during the week of Nov. 3-9, 2019.

  Veteran forced to wait weeks with infection despite new VA program promising faster outside care

A local veteran was forced two wait roughly two months to be seen by a specialist paid for by the VA, despite the implementation of a new program meant to speed veteran’s access to outside care when the VA is unable to see them quickly.

  Novant Health’s TytoHome to expand virtual care

Novant Health is expanding access to healthcare using a device called TytoHome.

  UNC Health Care board chair took frequent flights on state plane, failed to disclose state business tie

  Consuming dietary supplements not approved by the FDA a gamble for athletes

  Woman reverses Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis

Vaping, e-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says

  OrthoCarolina physician assistant a driving force behind NASCAR race teams

  Open enrollment for health insurance on the public marketplace begins Friday

DHEC confirms SC’s first flu-related death of the season

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday that the state has suffered its first flu-related death of the season.

Here’s what Atrium Health wants for its proposed $147 million hospital in Cornelius

Atrium Health is asking the state to approve plans for a new hospital in Cornelius, citing the growth of the region.

  Doctors say it’s safe for expecting moms and breastfeeding moms to get the flu shot

According to the CDC, only about 50 percent of expecting mothers received the flu shot in the 2016-2017 flu season. Physicians with Atrium Health are urging more expecting mothers to get vaccinated.

  Atrium Health surgeons demonstrate use of robots in surgery on jack-o-lantern

Surgeons with Atrium Health are using robots to help them be more accurate and less invasive in surgery.

  HPV vaccine a decade later shows drastic drop in infection and cancer rates, doctors say it could get better

It’s been 12 years since the HPV vaccine has been on the market. Its effectiveness has been documented through shrinking infection rates, but physicians say the numbers could be better if everyone were to get vaccinated.

  Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul

WBTV presents an all new Community Conversation: A Healthy Mind, Body and Soul. It will provide steps for people to live healthier lifestyles. A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows less than 3% of Americans live healthy.

Humid, windy days are worse for pain, study says

The new study says humid and windy days are worse for pain.

Local resources to help on journey to a healthy mind, body and soul

Local resources to help on the journey to a healthy mind, body and soul.

SC senators amend ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill to remove exceptions for rape, incest

The bill would ban abortions so long as a heartbeat can be detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.

  Novant Health utilizes new technology to detect strokes quicker

Novant Health is utilizing new technology to help physicians detect and treat a specific type of stroke faster. By cutting down the time to diagnose the stroke, they hope to see patients make better recoveries.

N.C. among four states that reach $48B settlement framework with drug companies over opioid epidemic

North Carolina is among four states that have reached a multi-billion dollar settlement with five major drug companies over its roles in the nationwide opioid epidemic.

  Parents of children with cancer concerned over drug shortage

Vincristine is a widely used drug for most childhood cancer patients, like Easton.

  Novant Health prepares you for the upcoming flu season

The 2019-2020 flu season is quickly approaching and physicians at Novant Health want to make sure you are prepared.

  Planning yard work? Watch out for copperheads

Make sure you’re protecting yourself from North Carolina’s most common venomous snake, the copperhead.

  Residents, businesses forced to deal with boil water advisory in York County

People across York County are still under a boil water advisory because of a massive water main break.

First 2019 human case of mosquito-borne virus reported in Carolinas, CDC confirms

The first case of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus this year has been reported in Catawba County.

Family says woman who died from Legionnaires’ disease attended NC fair, marking 2nd death in outbreak

An 83-year-old woman’s obituary said she died from Legionnaires’ disease, and her family said she attended the N.C. Mountain State Fair prior to being admitted to the hospital.

  Suicide survivor shares story of hope after decades of darkness

To reduce the number of deaths by suicide, Atrium Health is enlisting help from the public. On October 16, Atrium Health is hosting a Suicide Prevention event. It will teach people to recognize the signs and symptoms of someone considering suicide, how to address those behaviors, and more.

Johnson & Johnson hit with $8 billion verdict over drug linked to boy growing breasts

A Philadelphia jury has ordered medical company Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 billion in punitive damages in the case of a man who said he developed breasts after taking the company’s anti-psychotic drug Risperdal as a child.

  Charcoal toothpaste: Is it worth the hype?

It's something we all do every day - brush our teeth. When it comes to the toothpaste you use, some options now include an ingredient that's become the latest trend in health & beauty: Charcoal. Charcoal toothpaste is really a thing and WBTV's Christine Sperow found out if it's worth the hype!

  CareRocks program at CaroMont Health uplifts patients fighting cancer

For the last several years, the landscaping outside of CaroMont Cancer Center has looked different than most. It’s speckled with rocks that are painted in bright colors, covered in sparkles, or bears an inspirational quote.

  ‘I’m doing what I can to stay positive, but the rest is up to God and science’; Charlotte woman on being diagnosed with breast cancer at 30

It’s part of a troubling trend, experts say. More young women being diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

  Chester Co. schools launch pilot program to help avoid ‘hangry’ students

A pilot program at one Chester County high school is making sure students don’t go without the first meal of the day.

Health officials: Legionnaire’s disease patient toll at 116

Health officials in North Carolina say 116 people have been diagnosed with Legionnaire’s disease

  Exclusive: How Sherry Pollex is helping cancer patients fight in the Charlotte area

Sherry Pollex sat down to talk exclusively with our Molly Grantham about how she’s pouring money into a new Charlotte center to help others get the same type of integrative, more holistic, treatment.

  New mobile business targets the spine

There is a new business in town that targets your spine. Dr. Darryll Williams has been a chiropractor for about 10 years. He says he thought of this business when some of his customers were missing their appointments.

  Breast Cancer Survivor Week - Regina Potts

Regina said she started seeing everything differently. Even her medical charts looked artistic – she compared her CT scan to “stars in the sky.” Her creativity in seeing things through a new view led her to express herself in unique ways, including her newfound hobby of writing poetry.

  New unit at Levine Children’s Hospital provides more freedom to patients receiving stem-cell transplants

Atrium Health opened a new unit at the Levine Children’s Hospital in September.

  Charlotte woman survives child prostitution, opens up about opioid addiction and mental health

Survivor of child prostitution ring offers message of hope to other addicts that they, too, can recover.

Mumps cases confirmed at 2 North Carolina universities

North Carolina's health agency is urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date after several confirmed mumps cases at two private universities

N.C. man dies from infection typically caused by undercooked seafood

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a man from Cary died from Vibrio vulnificus, an infection typically caused by eating undercooked seafood such as oysters, clams, shrimp and scallops.

  Two vape-related illnesses reported in Meck. County

Two people have been hospitalized in Mecklenburg County due to illnesses related to vaping, according to Public Health Director Gibbie Harris.

  Breast Cancer Survivor Week - Ana Aponte

This mother of three adult children, lives in northwest Charlotte and is a full-time realtor. She moves through life fast, with a big smile. She says getting diagnosed with cancer - found in a routine mammogram - opened her eyes.

  Rabies on the rise in Gaston County, 11th case reported

It’s time to double check and make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies shot. In Gaston County, there’s been 11 reported cases of the virus this year.

Their unborn baby tested positive for meth. Then they learned their house was once a meth lab.

The Hessels went to the doctor for standard tests performed in the beginning of a pregnancy. Elisha Hessel seemed fine, but the doctor found "something out of the ordinary" for her unborn child: The baby tested positive for amphetamines.

First vaping-related death reported in North Carolina

A North Carolina hospital is reporting the state’s first death linked to vaping.

Woman says she almost lost hand to flesh-eating bacteria after getting manicure at nail salon

A Tennessee woman says she went to a nail salon to get a manicure, but left with a flesh-eating bacteria. She even claims the infection almost caused her to lose her hand.

  Breast Cancer Survivor Week - Tina Smith

Now 49-year-old Tina is a smiling, thriving version of herself then – she is most certainly “fine.” But she had to go through 34 sessions of radiation and a lumpectomy to get to this spot. Through it all, she told very few people.

  NC Blue Cross CEO resigns following DWI arrest, interim CEO named

The CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina has resigned at the company’s request, according to a Wednesday night statement from Blue Cross NC’s Board of Trustees.

  Mooresville man hospitalized after complications from vaping

After 15 years of smoking cigarettes, Andrew Doss turned to vaping about a year ago in hopes to eventually kick the habit.

Ga. Department of Public Health identifies state’s first death from vaping-related illness

The department states the patient had a history of heavy nicotine vaping, but no reported history of vaping THC.

  NC Insurance Commissioner calls for Blue Cross CEO to resign

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey called on the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to resign on Wednesday.

  Breast Cancer Survivor Week - Katie Robbins

She'd always gone to Komen Charlotte "Race for the Cure" in years past, but now she says the crowds and network of love mean something totally different.

State rules NC firefighter’s cancer death as line of duty death, officials say

A Western North Carolina firefighter who died after a battle with cancer died in the line of duty, according to a ruling by official agency looking into her death.

Multiple cases of Legionnaires’ disease reported after NC Mountain State Fair

Legionnaires’ disease is a form of bacterial pneumonia.

  Breast Cancer Survivor Week - Tammy Greene

Tammy Greene is a south Charlotte woman who found her own lump, was instantly worried about breast cancer, but like so many women… didn’t have the money or insurance to get herself checked.

  Hundreds partake in 9th Annual Beers and Burpees event, raise money for Dream On 3

Hundreds of people gathered for the 9th Annual Beers and Burpees event Saturday. The event was held at the CrossFit Charlotte facility off Monroe Road in southeast Charlotte.

  Project Pink to provide free mammograms at WBTV for the fourth year

For the fourth year, Charlotte Radiology will park its Mobile Breast Center in the WBTV parking lot on October 8 for Project Pink.

  Dog-killing toxic blue-green algae found at popular York County greenway lake

Anne Springs Close Greenway officials posted Friday they’ve found the toxic blue-green algae in Lake Frances.

  Lakeview Farms brings about nostalgia with milk-delivery service

When convenience and health are top priority for many Americans this day in age, a Fort Mill businessman is refurbishing an old concept to meet those needs.

  Mecklenburg tax collector to go after delinquent Medic bills. Your wages may be seized

Medic patients could soon see their wages or bank accounts seized to pay for overdue bills - plus extra fees, the county announced Tuesday.

  Atrium corrects patient’s bill after WBTV Investigates starts asking questions

The patient says that Atrium Health provided the wrong codes to his insurance provider and never corrected the error until they started billing him.

More than $83,000 raised at 9th Annual Stiletto Sprint

Dozens of people gathered outside of Southpark Mall Saturday morning for the Atrium Health Foundation 9th Annual Stiletto Sprint event.

  From Charlotte-area vape shops to churches, Trump sparks conversation about vaping

From shops, to even churches, it is a conversation in a cloud of controversy across the country.

  PurpleStride wages hope, demands better for those fighting pancreatic cancer

This Saturday uptown Charlotte will be a sea of purple as the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network kicks off their 8th Annual PurpleStride Walk to End Pancreatic Cancer.

11th rabies case confirmed in Mecklenburg County

Officials say a raccoon in this area tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was attacked and killed by a resident’s dog at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 6. One domesticated dog was exposed to the raccoon.

  West Nile case confirmed in York County

A case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Rock Hill by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

  Mothers weigh in, give advice on avoiding hot car deaths of children

Police in Pineville are investigating after they say a foster mother left her 12-month-old child in a hot car.