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Archive for August, 2009

Officials confident new Topsail schools will be ready

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

By K.J. Williams,Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

In a game of musical chairs, the new Topsail Elementary School will open Wednesday, the first day of school, in space vacated by the middle school, which has graduated to the former high school location.

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Research targets school-age children and parents to stop spread of flu

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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Currently, the Center for Disease Control recommends giving flu vaccinations to children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 50 as these age groups tend to suffer more severe symptoms from the flu.

But new research finds that targeting school-age children and their parents for vaccination may better contain the spread of seasonal flu or the swine flu.

Using information from the flu epidemics of 1918 and 1957, researchers predicted that an influenza epidemic in the United States today would be best addressed by a targeted distribution of a vaccine to children aged 5-19 and their parents as these groups are most likely to spread the virus to the rest of the population.

While 85 million vaccinations for seasonal flu are administered each year in the United States, researchers determined that targeting these ages groups would require only 63 million vaccinations. These findings offer a different approach to disease control that may inform how the nation addresses the swine flu pandemic.

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New research finds that targeting school-age children and their parents for vaccination may better contain the spread of seasonal flu or the swine flu.

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Women’s prison facility in Wilmington to close its doors

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

By Veronica Gonzalez,Veronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

On Aug. 14, the last prisoners left the 33-year-old Wilmington Residential Facility for Women, a prison where 36 women lived and worked real jobs, learning how to adapt to life on the outside.

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Leniency urged for Brunswick employers during flu season

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Brunswick County employers and school officials are expected to be more lenient with absences this fall, when the number of H1N1 cases is expected to spike, health officials said Thursday.

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UNCW ranks as a top public Master’s university

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

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There are more accolades for UNC-Wilmington. U.S. News and World Report is calling the school one of the top public Master’s Universities in the south.

It is the 12th straight year UNCW has made the list. The magazine bases its rankings on a number of factors, including retention and graduation rates, SAT scores, and class size.

To see all the U.S. News and World Report rankings, go to www.usnews.com/colleges.

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There are more accolades for UNC-Wilmington. U.S. News and World Report is calling the school one of the top public Master’s Universities in the south.

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