Daniela Ocampo

UNC Dental Students Honor Memory of Slain Students with Annual Service Day

Thursday was DEAH DAY, or Directing Efforts And Honoring Deah And Yusor, an annual day of service established by UNC Dental Students. Dental students took off classes and clinics to do several types of service around the community to honor the memory of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha. Dean of the School of Dentistry Scott De Rossi said there was 400 dental students participating at over 50 sites in the area. “We lost two of our young members of our dental school community, Deah and his wife Yusor, several years ago and as a result the students really bounded...

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Carrboro, El Centro Hosting DACA Renewal Meeting Thursday Night

The Town of Carrboro, El Centro Hispano and community organizers are holding an information session for DACA recipients tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Carrboro’s Town Hall. During the session, Carrboro representatives and immigration lawyers will work with DACA recipients to identify what documents are needed for renewal, provide forms for renewal and answer any questions. The information session will be followed by a free DACA Renewal Clinic this Saturday from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Town Hall in Carrboro where the documents and forms covered during the session are necessary. Scholarships for the DACA application renewal fee...

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Orange County Holds Rabies Vaccinations Clinic Amidst County’s Seventh Positive Rabies Test

Orange County Animal Services just received its seventh positive rabies test this year, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. The incident occurred last week and involved a Mebane resident who found a fox aggressively interacting with her dog, and then found the same fox dead in a nearby donkey pin the next day. The dog at the property had received its current rabies vaccinations and was able to also receive a booster rabies vaccination after the incident. The law in North Carolina requires all dogs, cats and ferrets older than four months to have a...

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UNC Cancer Center Launches Initiative to Reduce Colon Cancer Deaths in NC

UNC Researchers from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center just launched an initiative to try and increase the number of cancer screenings in North Carolina in hopes to reduce cancer-related deaths. The initiative is called the Carolina Cancer Screening Initiative and will allow UNC clinicians and public health researchers to work together with community partners to implement cancer screening programs in order to increase colon cancer screening rates in the state. Leading the initiative is Professor at the School of Medicine, Daniel Reuland. “We know what can be done to make an impact on this; we just need to find...

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Flu is the Costliest Preventable Disease in America

Last Friday marked the beginning of fall, which means colder weather and flu season to begin in October. Researchers from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy led by Associate Professor Sachiko Ozawa released a study last year showing the flu to be the costliest preventable disease, costing $5.8 billion in health care costs and lost productivity in 2015. Only 42 percent of US adults received the flu vaccine last flu season and Ozawa says she thinks it’s because people don’t take the flu seriously. “I think a lot of people don’t see the flu being a severe disease and...

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UNC Researchers: Vaccinations in World’s Poorest Countries Will Prevent 20 Million Deaths and Save $350 Billion by 2020

Researchers from the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy released a study earlier this month showing that vaccination efforts in the world’s poorest countries since 2001 will have prevented 20 million deaths and saved $350 billion in health care by the year 2020. The vaccination efforts researched were made by Gavi, a global vaccine alliance that provides vaccinations to the world’s 73 poorest counties and has contributed to the immunization of 580 million children. Leader of the study and Associate Professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Sachiko Ozawa, says the main message of the research is that there are...

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Twenty Chapel Hill Public Housing Residents Take Home Free Desktop Computers

Twenty residents were met with applause at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Tuesday, presented with a certificate and congratulated by Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Council Member Michael Parker. Each student received a free desk top computer, a keyboard, mouse and router upon completing a computer skills training program for residents who live in public housing. The computers are a donation from the Town and the Kramden Institute, a Durham non-profit that donates technology tools and training to those who cannot afford it. Technology Instructor from Kramden, Bill Koeb, has been teaching the class for one and...

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Town of Hillsborough: Water Testing Kits Mailed Out are From Unaffiliated Private Company

The Town of Hillsborough released a statement stating that town water customers who have received water testing kits in the mail should be aware that the kits were sent from a private company that is unaffiliated with the town. According to the statement, the Hillsborough Water Treatment Plant routinely tests the town’s drinking water for more than 150 contaminants in compliance with federal and state laws. The statement also states that the town’s two lab-certified operators perform daily bacterial checks at the plant, plant employees conduct 24-hour monitoring and evaluation of the town’s water, 15 bacteriological samples from the...

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Chapel Hill Holds Public Hearing on Future Grocery Store Wegmans

The Town of Chapel Hill held a lengthy public hearing last Wednesday night regarding plans for a new grocery store coming to the area. The future site of the 130,000-square-foot Wegmans grocery store will be 15 acres and located between 15-501 and Old Durham Road – the current location of Performance AutoMall. The council opened the public hearing to receive comments and evidence regarding the Special Use Permit Application for the site and recessed the hearing to October 25. The public hearing discussion included making modifications to the Special Use Permit restrictions in order to better accommodate the grocery...

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Town of Chapel Hill Accepts Initial Purchase Offer for Rosemary Street Parking Lot

The Chapel Hill Town Council authorized at a meeting earlier this month the town manager to sell a parking lot located on 127 West Rosemary Street for $300,000. The buyer interested is Allen Fine of Investors Title who owns surrounding properties in the area. Town manager Roger Stancil presented the offer at the meeting and says Fine plans on expanding the parking lot. “As I understand, his plans would be to aquire our property, demolish the house and totally rebuild the parking lot from the corner where the parking exists now and make one big parking lot there,” said...

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