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Archive for June, 2009

Friends, relatives of war dead search for names, find closure

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

By Kellen MooreKellen.Moore@StarNewsOnline.com

Decades have passed since U.S. Marine Donald G. Cook died in Vietnam, but sister Irene Coleman still shed tears as she saw his name engraved in the black panels of The Wall that Heals on Thursday.

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The Wall That Heals

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The Vietnam War Memorial was brought to Wilmington via a traveling replica. The emotions Thursday were authentic, though.

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WPD hosts open house for children

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Some youngsters got a behind the scenes look at the Wilmington Police Department Thursday.

Police officers spent the morning explaining some of the ins-and-outs of being a police officer.

Plenty of police vehicles were open to the public including Segways and police cars. The kids were able to try out some of the equipment and learned a few lessons about solving crimes.

The SABLE helicopter seemed to get the most attention from the kids. When it was time for the police helicopter to take off, it had everyone’s attention.

“What I learned about it is this clutch and what it does. Some of these might be cut-off for the guns that used to be there. This helicopter used to be a military helicopter and now it’s police,” said Phoenix Gregory.

Police officers say demonstration day is a great way to interact with the community and improve relationships.

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Some youngsters got a behind the scenes look at the Wilmington Police Department Thursday.
Plenty of police vehicles were open to the public including Segways and police cars.

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Carolina Beach tries to make visitors aware of rip current dangers

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Strong rip currents, that keep catching swimmers off guard, have kept Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue unseasonably busy.

The term “rip current” has been a hot one lately in Carolina Beach, and not in a good way.

Area businesses are joining forces to help make visitors aware of the dangers of the ocean.

“Local business are getting together, putting up posters, and it’s a reinforcement on a daily basis, that reminds you often enough that when you go to the beach this is something to take a look at,” said Bob Lewis of Last Resort.

Signs illustrating what a rip current looks like and what to do if you’re caught in one will soon be adorning the windows of many Carolina Beach businesses.

“A strong rip current is stronger than an Olympic swimmer,” said Simon Sanders of Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue.

Rip currents typically form along the breaks in the sandbar, but in Carolina Beach, there is a sandbar that runs along the whole length of the beach.

“Beach erosion has formed a sandbar that’s about 20 to 30 yards offshore, and it just makes rip currents more severe this season,” Sanders said.

When you look at the ocean, you can tell where the rip currents are because the water is generally slightly discolored, and appears to be smooth and slick.

“A lot of incidents we’ve been having this year is that people will be standing on the sandbar, they’ll just walk off the side, not realizing they’re right in the channel, and not realize they’re being pulled away by the rip current,” said Sanders.

The best advice if you’re caught in a rip is to swim parallel to shore, out of the rip pulling you out to sea, and then back into shore away from where the rip was.

Before stepping foot in the water, ocean rescue warns swimmers to check the lifeguard stands for rip conditions; if a red flag is flying, swimming conditions are hazardous.

With businesses teaming up to warn swimmers when they’re not at the beach, ocean rescue hopes the summer season will become a safer one.

So far this season in Carolina Beach, there have been more than a hundred ocean rescues.

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videoStrong rip currents, that keep catching swimmers off guard, have kept Carolina Beach Ocean Rescue unseasonably busy.

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Hormone-suppression therapy benefits prostate cancer treatment

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Most men diagnosed with prostate cancer are in the early stages when treatment may not even be necessary. But, for patients whose cancer has begun to spread beyond the prostate, aggressive therapy is often essential.

A new study finds men with locally advanced prostate cancer live longer if they are treated with several years of hormone suppression therapy. The drug injections block male hormones, such as testosterone, that help drive the cancer to spread.

Researchers in France studied 970 patients who were randomly assigned to either 6 months or 3 years of hormone suppressing therapy in addition to radiation. Men who received the short-term hormone therapy were 42% more likely to die over a 5 year-period.

However, experts also caution that the hormone suppression drugs have side effects, including hot flashes, reduced sex drive, and insomnia.

Patients with small tumors may not need such extensive hormone treatment, if any at all. Men should talk with their doctors about the overall risks and benefits of hormone therapy in order to receive the best individualized treatment.

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Men who have prostate cancer, that has begun to spread, can benefit from hormone-suppression therapy. A new study shows the survival odds are greater for patients who have long-term treatment.

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