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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…For a Flu Shot

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 3-9 “For people at high risk, getting the flu can be far more serious than for other people,” says Dr. Matthew CiRullo, family medicine physician. “Flu is more likely to lead to hospitalization or death for people in the high-risk groups, and their first line of defense is vaccination.”…

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Getting Your Diet Back on Track After Thanksgiving

We’re in the post-Thanksgiving phase, but holiday parties, office gatherings, and Christmas day meals loom large in the coming weeks. Let’s look at how we can battle back to normal eating habits. Last week we warned you about the nearly 4,500 calories the average American consumes on Thanksgiving. It’s a scary number, and we provided…

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How Much is Too Much on Thanksgiving?

Is pigging out during the holiday a harmless indulgence or a real health worry? 4,500. That’s quite a large number. Would you believe that’s the number of calories the average American is expected to consume this Thanksgiving? According to research from the Calorie Control Council, a typical holiday dinner alone can carry a load of…

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Coastal Carolina Ranks First in the Nation for Medicare ACO Quality Performance

Coastal Carolina Quality Care in New Bern ranked first in the nation for quality performance as a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in 2016. Coastal Carolina had an overall quality score of 96.19%, while Physicians Healthcare Collaborative, the ACO associated with Wilmington Health, ranked 15th nationally with an overall quality score…

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