Public Health

  • PFAS Levels Still High Despite Emission Cuts

    Levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in drinking water from the Cape Fear River are as high as they were before the state and Chemours entered into a consent order in February 2019.

  • GenX Study Shows Harm to Mice, Offspring

    Studies discussed Monday during the North Carolina Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board meeting compared the toxicity of GenX and related compounds in pregnant mice and their embryos.

  • State Seeks Input on Chemours’ Next Steps

    The state is taking comments until Sept. 17 on the latest steps to prevent GenX and other PFAS pollution from entering the Cape Fear River through contaminated groundwater from the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Site.

  • A Changed Season On the Outer Banks

    With vacation season in apparent full swing on the Outer Banks amid the pandemic, shops, restaurants and tourism sites are busy but business is different.

  • New Hanover Regional Panel Weighs Options

    Three hospital systems vying to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center presented their proposals to a committee last week, with options ranging from an outright sale to a long-term lease.

  • How To Stay Healthy At Beach This Weekend

    Records crowds are expected at North Carolina beaches this holiday weekend, and health experts offer suggestions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus for those ready to put their toes in the sand.

  • Amid Hardship, Lockdown Curbs Energy Use

    Coastal electric cooperatives have taken measures to help members keep their lights on during the stay-at-home order, which researchers say has reduced emissions and improved air quality.

  • Water Plant Operators On Seven-Day Stays

    Cape Fear Public Utility Authority officials is stationing staff at its water treatment plants for weeklong periods and provided campers for their long stays to protect the safety of operators and Wilmington’s drinking water.

  • Lab Staff Use Printers to Equip Responders

    Amid the pandemic, researchers and educators at Carteret County institutions are using their labs’ 3D printers and plans available online to meet the expected need for personal protective equipment for first responders and health care workers.

  • Professor’s Graphic Simplifies Disinfecting

    Rachel Noble, a professor of public health microbiology at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, has created an infographic to provide to the community accurate information about disinfecting at home with readily available materials.