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Winter Heating Season Is a Good Time for Radon Testing

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

As families button up their homes to guard against winter’s chill it is an ideal time to make plans to test for radon, the odorless, colorless gas that is our nation’s second leading cause of lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes more than 21,000 deaths each year, making it the second most common cause of lung cancer deaths in the United States and the number one cause among non-smokers. 

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early Because of Federal Shutdown

Friday, January 11, 2019

Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February.

NCDHHS and Partners Release New Oral Health Practice Guidance for Clinicians Caring for Pregnant Women

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

North Carolina health leaders are promoting new oral health guidance to advance maternal and infant health. In 2016, the Division of Public Health, focusing on better birth outcomes and the reduction of infant mortality, convened the NC Perinatal Oral Health Task Force, which includes representatives from public health and state-funded medical and dental training institutions.

End of Year Data Shows More Treatment Access Needed to Stem North Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Unintentional opioid-related overdose resulted in 1,884 deaths in North Carolina last year, a 34 percent increase from the 1,407 deaths attributed to the same cause in 2016, and state health officials say the increase is due to the increase in potent illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl

State Health Officials Encourage Precautions, Remind North Carolinians of Services During Wintry Weather

Friday, December 7, 2018

With temperatures dipping significantly across the state and snow on its way for much of the state, North Carolina health officials are encouraging residents to take health and safety precautions as winter arrives.

Holiday Season a Great Time to Make Plan to Stop Smoking; QuitlineNC Can Help

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

With the holiday season gearing up, now is a good time for people who use tobacco to make a plan to quit and give the gift of health to themselves and their loved ones.

Gov. Cooper Designates December 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper designated Saturday, December 1 as World AIDS Day in North Carolina in recognition of the importance of HIV testing, awareness and treatment.

DHHS Extends Public Input Period for Draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan to Dec. 21

Thursday, November 29, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has extended the public input period for the draft North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan from Nov. 30 to Dec. 21. 

North Carolina Strengthens its Fight Against Opioid Crisis by Helping Prescribers and Pharmacists Identify Patients at Risk

Monday, November 26, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina is strengthening its fight against the opioid epidemic by expanding the number of pharmacies participating in the Controlled Substance Reporting System. North Carolina is also activating a digital gateway to provide pharmacists and prescribers one-click access to patient information and data to identify those at risk for prescription drug addiction, overdose and death.

Help with Heating Costs Available Starting Dec. 3

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Low-income households with a person 60 or older or someone receiving disability benefits and services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services that need help covering the cost of heating their home this winter can apply for assistance starting Dec. 3.