Alex Olgin

Health Reporter

A few years before the Huntersville eye cancer cases started to pop up, on the other side of the country in Colorado, 34-year-old Gregg Stracks was diagnosed with ocular melanoma. His wife, Sara Selig, was in medical school at the University of Colorado.

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There’s a lot of anxiety in Huntersville over eye cancer. Concerns have risen as 20 cases of ocular melanoma have been diagnosed since 2008 in patients with some connection to the area. Whether that qualifies as a cancer cluster is subject to debate, but the number is perplexing since it’s a rare form of cancer. 

Carolinas Medical Center Main Complex, Charlotte.
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Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care want to join forces to create a network of hospitals and clinics that would span the state. The organizations announced they are in negotiations to create a joint operating company. 

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster directed all state and local agencies to stop funding for abortion clinics. Thursday’s executive order includes attempting federal permission to exclude abortion clinics from Medicaid’s provider network.

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It’s not just rehab facilities that are treating opioid addicts. These days family practitioners are taking on more of the responsibility. To do this they need federal approval to prescribe the necessary medications. The number of doctors getting approved to do this treatment is growing, but patients are still being turned away.

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Voters around the state told lawmakers what they think of newly-drawn legislative districts Tuesday.  The maps released late last week were drawn to comply with a Supreme Court order that found 28 state legislative districts were illegal racial gerrymanders.  

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The small town of Winnsboro, South Carolina hosted a lot of people eager to witness a total solar eclipse Monday. They came to the town just north of Columbia from around the country. After all, it had NASA's stamp of approval for viewing the eclipse.  

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South Carolina’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for the way it marketed opioid medications. At least five other states have filed similar suits.

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More than 70 people of multiple races and religions gathered at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte today to respond to the tragedy in Charlottesville over the weekend. Former North Carolina State Sen. Malcolm Graham says President Trump's comments Monday condemning  hate groups didn’t come fast enough. His sister was one of nine killed in Charleston two years ago while praying in a historically black church.  

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President Donald Trump announced his intent to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Once that is official it would free up government officials to dedicate more people and resources for treatment. Carolinas HealthCare System is trying to curb the amount of opioid medicines patients are introduced to while in the hospital with alternative treatments.


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