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Archive for June, 2009

NHRMC cancer seminar being held Thursday night

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, according to the American Cancer Society. Now is your chance to learn more about the disease, and the newest technology in cancer treatment.

New Hanover Regional is holding a free prostate and gynecologic cancers seminar Thursday night. Urologists and oncologists will speak about prevention, diagnosis and treatment. You’ll even meet the new da Vinci surgery robot.

The seminar is from 6:30 to 8:30 at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Surgery Pavilion.
Reservations are required. Call Vitaline at 815-5188.

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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America, according to the American Cancer Society. Now is your chance to learn more about the disease, and the newest technology in cancer treatment.

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Cell phones and the internet used to stay healthy

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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Cell phones and the internet may help us live longer, at least when the devices are used to keep good communication between patients and their doctors.

New research finds that heart patients who used Telehealth systems to talk to their doctors were less likely to have future heart attacks, or other forms of coronary artery disease.

A new study published Thursday finds that telephones and internet devices can help heart patients reduce their risk factors and lower their odds of future heart attacks. Patients use these modern technologies to talk to nurses or doctors who can answer questions, as well as guide patients in a personalized care program.

Researchers in Australia examined 11 studies that contained more than 3,000 patients to see if tele-communication could actually improve people’s health. They found that people using phones or the internet to talk to their health-care providers tended to have a lower rate of death. In addition, patients improved on many risk factors for heart disease – they lowered their cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and reduced their smoking. They even increased their physical activity as well.

Researchers say that today’s patients lead busy lives and often don’t want to come in for face-to-face appointments. Modern technology allows patients, nurses and doctors to have conversations about diet, medications, and exercise programs that would not have happened otherwise.

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Cell phones and the internet may help us live longer, at least when the devices are used to keep good communication between patients and their doctors.

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Maisenhelder out of jail after bond reduced

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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The owner of a Wilmington afterschool program, charged with taking indecent liberties with children, is out of jail.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom Wednesday in order not to identify the alleged victims or their parents, but inside it was standing room only and the majority of people were there to support the accused karate instructor.

“I’m just appalled at the thought at what is going on, and I’m hoping my daughter stays over John’s house tonight,” said Maisenhelder’s neighbor and friend Steven Hertz.

Supporters were relieved a judge ruled to dramatically lower John Maisenhelder’s bond from half a million dollars to $25,000, bond, his family, will post.

“I have four children and I would trust him from now until forever with them. I have this secure feeling that he’s going to be exonerated because we know what they don’t have,” said Alisha Spiknall.

Maisenhelder was arrested last week after investigators searched his home, and afterschool program, called CAST.

The search warrant, according to the prosecution, reveals videotape showing Maisenhelder in what could be inappropriate contact with three young girls ranging from kindergarten aged, to third grade.

Maisenhleder’s attorney responded in a news conference following the hearing. “I have reviewed some of the video tape. Its description in the search warrant from a police detective solely and I fundamentally disagree with what it depicts,” said Woody White.

Inside the courtroom, White argued that at least twenty other children were present, as well as three adults, during the alleged molestation.

As a condition of his release, Maisenhelder will not be allowed to have contact with the alleged victims. He’s not allowed to have access to any place that has kids under 14, and he must wear a GPS tracking device so the DA’s office has knowledge of where he is at all times.

Since the news of his arrest, four more alleged victims have come forward with allegations against Maisenhelder.

Six alleged victims were interviewed today and eight more are expected to be interviewed tomorrow.

Maisenhelder’s friends and family say they have no doubt he is innocent of all the charges.

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videoThe owner of a Wilmington afterschool program, charged with taking indecent liberties with children, is out of jail after a judge reduced John Maisenhelder’s bond Wednesday.

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Two men charged with attempted murder

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Two Wilmington men are charged with attempted murder and other offenses after shooting into an occupied car on May 9.

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Accused of molestation, Maisenhelder posts reduced bond

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Dozens of supporters of a 61-year-old year old karate instructor accused of molesting three underage girls in his after-school program praised a judge’s decision on Wednesday to reduce his bond from $500,000 to $25,000.

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