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Archive for April, 2009

Could your DNA be carrying diseases?

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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What sort of diseases might be lurking in your DNA? Several companies now offer consumers the chance to have their genes analyzed to see if they might have a higher risk for some diseases.

For around five hundred dollars, consumers can have their DNA analyzed for genes that are linked to various diseases. There are many different genes that are implicated in common illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, but each gene has just a small influence on a person’s risk.

Researchers from Harvard wondered if adding multiple genes together could determine a person’s odds of developing diabetes. They took DNA samples from more than 6000 patients, some who had type 2 diabetes. Scientists analyzed patients’ DNA for 10 genetic variations that have been linked to diabetes risk, but the test did not help much in predicting type 2 diabetes. Once doctors factored in traditional risk factors such as a person’s age, weight, family history, and lifestyle habits, the genetic analysis only improved the prediction by one percent.

Experts say that DNA tests for disease may improve within a few years, but for now, patients should save their money and concentrate on lowering their odds for diabetes by eating a healthy diet, exercising, and watching

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Charity basketball game will showcase players from UNC, Duke and Wake Forest

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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Hoops fans have a chance Tuesday night to see some big-name basketball players in action.

Seniors from UNC’s National Championship team, including Tyler Hansbrough, and other stars from Duke and Wake Forest will play seniors from New Hanover County’s four high schools in a charity basketball game.

There will also be a three-point contest, a slam dunk contest and even an autograph session.

Tickets for the game are ten dollars in advance or $12.50 at the door. VIP seats are 25 dollars. You can get them at New Hanover, Laney, Hoggard and Ashley high schools.

The action tips off at 7:30 p.m. at Brogden Hall at New Hanover High.

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Seniors from UNC’s National Championship team, including Tyler Hansbrough, and other stars from Duke and Wake Forest will play seniors from New Hanover County’s four high schools in a charity basketball game.

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Loss of taxi vouchers from Wave Transit among issues raised with legislators

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Ken Lafar, who is legally blind, says taxi drivers help him in and out of the doctor’s office and other places, and he doesn’t want to lose that. But he’s afraid he’ll no longer be able to afford those rides.

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Wilmington actor Hull remembered for humor, talent

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Tommy Hull, a well-loved actor who appeared in numerous local theatrical productions, as well as in films, TV and regional plays, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 73.

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Websites Askpatty.com and Janes-list.com just for women

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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Changing a tire or using a power drill doesn’t have to be “a man’s job”. Askpatty.com and Janes-list.com are two websites that may have the woman in the house changing the oil.

Askpatty.com is dedicated to teaching women about the automotive industry. The site reports the majority of car buyers are female. While they maybe the majority, many are admittedly not the best informed.

“I know nothing about cars, basically, it has four wheels, that’s basically it,” said Kara Falsetti of Wilmington.

Askpatty aims to help. The website has put together a panel of 50 experts from the automotive industry to offer women advice and tips on some of the challenges, such as finding the right car, negotiating price, and checking the oil and tires.

A local website launched last month is also devoted to women. Janes-list.com is for military wives whose husbands have been deployed.

Kelly Stivers is one of the founders. “We’ve lived through a lot of the challenges that military wives face every day and we really wanted to create a go-to resource for them, the kind of resource that we never had.”

Janes-list.com offers advice on everything from using power tools, to staying busy while your husband’s overseas. The site also focuses on helping military wives find jobs.

“It’s very difficult for people to find a job in today’s economy and what people don’t realize is other military wives, they face that challenge in a good economy because depending on where they’re stationed, there may not be a lot of opportunities that are open and available that match their background and experience,” said Kelly Stivers.

Kara Falsetti said these two websites help her feel more knowledgeable and in control. “It’d make me feel more powerful, more like ‘yeah I got this’.”

You can follow Janes-list on Twitter. Right now, they’re talking about 101 things to send an overseas husband. They’re releasing ten items a week for ten weeks.

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