Health

  The power of Palliative Care: ‘Anytime we’ve got our feet knocked off beneath us, it was brought back to us in such great blessings’

Palliative care is the medical specialty focused on improving quality of life for people facing serious illnesses - from cancer to heart failure to dementia.

Customers at an SC restaurant may have been exposed to hepatitis A, state health officials say

  1 in 10 children and young people have mental health problem

  ‘What life is like after a stroke, I’ve lived it.’ Charlotte doctor on her work to save people from strokes is personal

  Should you consider a measles vaccination booster?

  Local experts address factors impacting CBD dosage, efficacy

  ‘We don’t ever want to be looked at as ‘bad’ or ‘wrong’ or ‘defective’: Charlotte therapist on removing stigma around Mental Health

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  Red Cross appeals to donors as blood shortage grows

  Trauma survivors overcome hurdles with help from new network at Charlotte hospital

  American Heart Association to install new blood pressure kiosks in Charlotte

  Churches being used to help tackle mental illness

  Allergies running rampant In North Carolina

  Greg Olsen gifts $2.5 million to establish ‘next generation’ pediatric cardiac center in Charlotte

The Greg Olsen Foundation gifted a $2.5 million donation to help build “The HEARTest Yard Pediatric Center,” a pediatric cardiovascular and congenital heart outpatient clinic at Levine Children’s Hospital, according to Atrium Health.

  CMS runs social media campaign during Children’s Mental Health Week

Each mental health problem looks different, so they’re using the hashtag #CMSigns to teach students how to self-diagnose.

  Lifeguard battling testicular cancer has warning for other men: Don’t ignore the signs

"In my gut I knew something was wrong but I didn't listen to it."

  ‘Just knowing I wasn’t the only one, knowing I wasn’t alone.’ Examining the myths of infertility

Infertility affects one in eight couples. You probably know someone who struggles with it. But, it’s often misunderstood.

  ‘We never gave up hope and tried to stay faithful’, Charlotte woman on her six-year infertility journey

  SC physician urges against ‘measles parties’

  ‘You have to be a little bit of a detective.’ Charlotte pediatrician on how to get kids to open up to their parents

  Are your smart devices becoming a pain in the neck? (literally)

Family swaps flu shots for essential oils. Is it safe?

  Fill Your Bucket List Foundation grants wishes for adults fighting cancer

‘Still not afraid’: Eminem celebrates 11 years of sobriety

The rapper, who has battled with substance abuse and drug addiction that reached it’s peak in 2007, has been clean for 11 years now.

  Charlotte birthing center among three NC locations to close

Baby+Co., which allows mothers to deliver babies naturally in a spa-like setting, plans to close its locations in Charlotte, Cary and Winston-Salem.

Rabies case confirmed in Gaston County

Officials confirmed a rabies case in Gaston County Tuesday afternoon.

NC House approves Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, measure sent to Gov. Roy Cooper

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires healthcare practitioners to provide the same duty of care to every infant born alive in North Carolina, whether or not it was born alive despite an abortion.

Sexually-transmitted diseases on the rise in South Carolina, per CDC report

Some concerning numbers released earlier this month, showing South Carolina ranks among the highest in the country for sexually-transmitted diseases.

  Black Maternal Health: Exploring the crisis facing Black Mothers

By comparison, black women are 22 percent more likely to die from heart disease, 71 percent more likely to perish from cervical cancer and a whopping 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth related causes than white women.

  Artificial sweetener found in gum, certain peanut butters can be deadly for dogs

Most dog owners have know not to feed their canine chocolate, but did you know that certain types of peanut butter can also poison your dog?

  The first 4-year med school is planned for Charlotte, Atrium and Wake Forest groups say

For Charlotte, the combination would result in Wake Forest School of Medicine having a campus in the city, the three health care groups said.

  NC lawmaker creates Black Maternal Health Caucus to address crisis

The point of the caucus is to raise awareness of the problem, start a national conversation and pass legislation to protect black mothers.

Warning issued to parents for Fisher-Price baby product after reports of infant deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

Limited recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste cans due to potential mold

The recall stated after the canning process, it is possible that the product was damaged creating the potential for mold.

  ‘BPA-free’ is not enough: Charlotte pediatrician on the need to rid your home of plastics

The reason plastics can be so hazardous for our health is because of what happens when they’re heated up.

  More Powerful NC: Statewide campaign to combat opioid epidemic

A statewide public education campaign called More Powerful NC was launched Thursday in Charlotte. The goal is to confront opioid addiction by empowering people to fight against addiction in their communities.

20-year breast cancer survivor featured on WBTV, dies

“Mom’s gone.”That was the simple subject line from Carrie Flock in an email last week. The body of the email wasn't much more descriptive.

  Horse therapy organization in Monroe teaches self-worth

An organization in Monroe called Two Hearts One Language believes that can change lives. It pairs people who have experienced trauma with horses. The people who have tried it say it helped them heal and realize their inner strength.

Doctors say pale is the new tan

In an effort to maintain a sun-kissed look, many teens will start using tanning beds. But just one UV tanning session increases the chance of developing melanoma by 20 percent.

  Charlotte man describes numbness that led to Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis

27-year-old Ben Cooper was just two weeks removed from getting married to his college sweetheart when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

  Local hospitals lift visitor restrictions due to plummeting flu cases

The lift will go into effect beginning Friday at 7 a.m. for Novant Health, Cone Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Randolph Health and Atrium Health.

  NC high school student dies after contracting bacterial meningitis

In a note the school system sent home to parents, they say the student, who attended South Stanly High School, is believed to be the only confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.

  Settlement reached in Hardee’s Hepatitis A lawsuit

In June of 2018, patrons who dined at the Hardee’s on Little Rock Road were warned that a worker at the restaurant had tested positive for Hepatitis A, and that customers could have been exposed.

Pioneering medical drone program takes off in North Carolina

A pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched Tuesday in the latest move to expand their roles in business and health care

Voluntary recall of avocados sold in AZ due to possible listeria

The recall stems from positive test results on environmental samples taken during a routine government inspection at the California packing facility.

  Clinical trial coming to UAB could result in cure for sickle cell disease

A clinical trial that could result in a universal cure for Sickle Cell disease will be coming to UAB in the next couple of months.

  Financial assistance for Atrium patient stripped without notice

A statement from Atrium says they rolled out a new program to automate billing and financial assistance services. They waived the bills after WBTV got involved.

  FDA approves first postpartum depression drug for mothers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Tuesday that it has approved the first-ever postpartum depression drug for mothers.

  Celebrating Non-Scale Victories for Day 80 of #TeamNOSugar!

I read somewhere that the scale is a finicky foe. On your side one week and seemingly trying to kick you while you’re down (figuratively speaking , of course) the next!

  ‘You have to decide to open your mind to it even before you open your mouth to it.’ Charlotte doctor on re-training your taste buds.

If you're trying to eat healthier - but you just can't stand brussel sprouts or spinach, you can change that. It just takes training your taste buds.

  Steve Crump’s journey back to WBTV after battle with cancer

Sharing my illness openly, honestly and publicly was one thing - but living with and recovering from colon cancer has not been an easy task.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

Another 43 lots of medication used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure recalled

Legacy Pharmaceutical Packaging is voluntarily recalling 43 lots of medication used to treat high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Do not stop taking the medication until you have a new treatment plan prepared by a doctor or pharmacist.

Nearly 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork sausages recalled due to possible contamination

This recall is being initiated due to product tampering, following the production process.

78,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to Salmonella Schwarzengrund concerns

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

  ‘I think it was meant for me to happen.’ 22-year-old youngest Colorectal Cancer patient Novant Health has treated

It's been a harrowing couple of years for 24 year old Charlie Robuck.

Rabid goat might have spread infection to nine people in South Carolina, state says

A rabid goat in South Carolina may have infected nine people with the disease, according to state public health officials.

  Teen raises cancer funds that could now help save her own life

The teen never could have known the money she was raising for several weeks with other students, would end up helping to treat her.

Raccoon tests positive for rabies after killing cat in Mint Hill

The attack happened on March 6 at a home on Alexis Drive, which runs between Allan Black Road and Whitmire Lane near I-485.

Facebook plans to pull anti-vaccine groups and pages to combat misinformation

The company intends to provide users with authoritative information on the controversial topic.

Fifth hypertension medication recalled in two weeks

This is the third recall in one week.

  Hospitals group pushes back on NC Treasurer’s proposal to change healthcare reimbursement

A proposal from North Carolina State Treasurer Dale Folwell to change the way in which the State Health Plan pays for medical treatment for state employees and retirees is getting push back from the organization that represents hospitals in the Tar Heel State.

Restaurant owner’s hopes of getting a kidney from a loyal customer were dashed. What’s next?

The short version of Fran Scibelli’s story, to this point, is pretty simple: She needs a kidney transplant, and she’s now putting it out there publicly in the hopes that a random stranger will be moved to at least consider submitting to the process of seeing whether they’re a match.

  Charlotte organization aims to get children vision screenings before age 6

According to educational experts, 80 percent of learning is visual. So, if children can’t see well, they can’t learn well. Yet - most children don’t have a vision screening until they have problems learning or paying attention in school.

  Medical examiner: 4-year-old Euclid, OH girl suffered stroke ‘weeks to months’ before death, was ‘severely malnourished’

The coroner who performed the autopsy on Aniya Day-Garrett took the witness stand Tuesday afternoon to testify in the murder trial against Sierra Day and Deonte Lewis.

  Have bad breath? You could be making it worse. Here’s how.

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, up to 80 million people suffer from halitosis, or chronic bad breath.

GRAPHIC: FDA warns against using ‘vampire plasma’ to reverse aging

The movement to look and feel younger continues to be big business – but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down.

  Skunk tested positive for rabies, attacked by dog in Cornelius neighborhood

A skunk in the area tested positive for rabies. The skunk was attacked by a dog when it went into the yard where the dog lives.

98 people have died from the flu in NC this flu season

That number is down from 212 flu deaths reported at this time last flu season.

  Novant Health’s new program to screen earlier to reduce postpartum mood disorder

More than 500,000 women will be diagnosed with postpartum depression or anxiety (also known as postpartum mood disorder or PPMD) every year in America.

  'This voice sort of starts playing in your head, I’m a terrible mom, I’m unfit.’ Pineville mom on surviving postpartum depression and anxiety

1 in 7 women will get postpartum mood disorder. That’s more than half a million women every year in the US.

Pollen season expected to be aggressive this year

Pollen season is expected to be aggressive in 2019.

New parents won’t get a good night’s sleep for at least 6 years, study says

Finally, science proves what parents have been feeling since the beginning of time, having a newborn absolutely messes up your sleep cycle.

  First rabies case of 2019 confirmed in Cleveland Co.

A raccoon found along a rural road in Lawndale has been confirmed as the first rabid animal identified in Cleveland County for 2019.

Adults vaccinated as kids may not be protected against the measles now

If you were born between 1957 and the early 70s, you may not be protected from the measles.

Scientists discover how to make immune cells better at killing cancer

Scientists have discovered by fixing a defect in 'killer T cells,' they could actual help the fight against cancer.

High blood pressure medicine recalled due to NDEA impurity

Patients taking this medication are urged to continue taking the medication as the risk of harm to the patient’s health may be higher if the treatment is stopped immediately without any alternative treatment.

Spain is the world’s healthiest country – the U.S. did not make the top 20

The U.S. dropped a spot because of deaths due to drug overdoses.

  ‘It’s like you have a new lease on life.’ Woman battling 20-year depression finds relief from little-known treatment

Many turn to anti-depressants to help them manage it and find relief. But for some, medication doesn't help – or just isn’t enough.

North Carolina health officials report 13 new flu deaths

North Carolina health officials say 13 people died from the flu in the state last week, raising the death toll for the season to 68

  Women who drink diet sodas more at risk for heart attack and stroke, study says

According to a new study, women who drink diet sodas have an increased risk of having a heart attack.