Demographics means a higher level of sleep disorders in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — Failing to get a good night’s rest can have more of a lasting impact than simply leaving you red-eyed and groggy the next morning. Sleep disorders can harm an individual’s long term health — and even deflate the national economy in the process. According to a study from the RAND Corporation, 1.2 million […]

New vision test in Wilmington will spare many from ‘devastating diagnosis’

"It's devastating. A doctor would have to tell a patient, ‘you need to make plans, you need to prepare for blindness.”

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  WILMINGTON – By the time many of the 10 million people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) get their diagnosis, they have already suffered irreversible vision loss. But a Wilmington doctor is trying to help change that. “It’s a devastating diagnosis,” said Dr. Edward Paul, a Wilmington doctor who treats the disorder. “You can […]

‘Welcome to the Gloom’ – A new kind of men’s fitness program grows in Wilmington and Leland

"You made a hard commit, you said you’d be there. But you're there together, no matter how early, or dark or cold it is. That’s what leads to the trust, that’s what leads to the deeper relationships."

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WILMINGTON – Two hours before dawn and just a few degrees above freezing, a dozen men gathered in Leland Municipal Park. In near-darkness, the men broke into a series of exercises, laughing, joking and cursing the cold. “Welcome to the gloom,” said David Frederiksen. “This is what it’s all about.” Frederiksen is a member of […]

North Carolina congressmen weigh in on uncertain, intertwined fate of Planned Parenthood and Affordable Care Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The future of Planned Parenthood has grown increasingly uncertain as Republicans intensify efforts to eliminate it along with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The fate of the two have become deeply tied together. However, the Republicans’ congressional majority is not in total agreement about the fate of either, according to North Carolina […]

With more cases of the flu being reported, New Hanover Regional Medical Center clamps down on visitors

The hospital suggest that those with flu symptoms consider calling, using FaceTime or Skype, or sending notes or cards to patients, rather than visiting.

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WILMINGTON — New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Monday announced a series of restrictions on visitors as more cases of the flu are reported throughout the region. The restrictions, according to a press release, are meant to limit the spread of the flu in hospital facilities. Those with flu symptoms are asked not to visit […]

Concerned about over-medicating your children? Consider play therapy

"You’re messing with brain chemistry, which is a double-edged sword to say the least."

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There are over 8 million children on psychiatric drugs in the United States, according to IMS Health, one of the largest healthcare information providers in the world. Over 1 million of these children are 5 years old or younger. But there are other options – one of which is play therapy. Port City Daily spoke […]

Could algae be used to cure disease? The answer could be right here in Wilmington

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  WILMINGTON – There is a quarter of a billion dollars on the table, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington has one of the best seats. UNCW and the Marine Biology in North Carolina Center (MARBIONC) were recently named as part of the $250 million National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMB) […]

3-D mammograms at NHRMC offer better detection, fewer return visits

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WILMINGTON — Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women, with 231,840 news cases diagnosed in 2015 (according to the American Cancer Society). The best defense is detection, and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) has recently upgraded its mammography equipment to provide better diagnosis for its patients. “It’s a wonderful thing we’re […]

Dosher Memorial Hospital takes aim at ‘community wellness’

Population Health Improvement Partners Senior Director Donna Albertone (center) announced a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment for Dosher Memorial Hospital on Tuesday. Joining Albertone (from left) are Dr. Scott Starks, Dosher Hospital Board trustee, and Tom Siemers hospital president and CEO.

SOUTHPORT — Dosher Memorial Hospital is expanding efforts to improve the health of the residents in its area with the launching of the Brunswick County Community Wellness Coalition. The coalition has been made possible thanks to a $450,000 grant from The Duke Endowment, of Charlotte. More details about what the program will become are due […]

Innovative hip replacement surgery helps Wilmington ‘institution’ get back to his life

“I was bone on bone. There was no cartilage left at all.”

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WILMINGTON – “I was bone on bone,” said Dr. Henry Hawthorne, “There was no cartilage left at all.” At 76, Hawthorne was quite active, enjoying fishing and golfing, but the deteriorated cartilage in his hips were making everything from sitting in his car to playing golf painful. Hawthorne, who was a pediatrician in Wilmington for […]