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Archive for September, 2009

NC woman found 19 hours after wreck

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A North Carolina woman has been found about 19 hours after her sports utility vehicle ran off a road and down an embankment.

The Times-News of Burlington reported that children on bicycles found 38-year-old Sandra Elaine Fuller of Pittsboro on Sunday evening after she crawled out to a roadside. Authorities said she was dehydrated, but her injuries did not appear life threatening.

Fuller dropped a friend off between Pittsboro and Burlington shortly before midnight Saturday.

Highway Patrol Trooper R.J. Fuquay says Fuller rolled off a curving two-lane road, sailed past a mobile home vacant on the holiday weekend, and down a hill leading to a small creek. The SUV was covered by trees and brush and invisible from the road.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A North Carolina woman has been found about 19 hours after her sports utility vehicle ran off a road and down an embankment.

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Study finds infections may help in progression of Alzheimer’s

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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Nearly 5.3 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States today. Because there is no cure for this degenerative disease, treatment is geared towards slowing its progression.

A recent study found that infections resulting from a cold, flu, or even an infected scratch, can actually speed the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Researchers followed over 200 patients with Alzheimer’s for 6 months and recorded whether or not they experienced any bacterial or viral infections during that time. Researchers also tested patient’s blood for markers of inflammation, which would also indicate that they had suffered from some sort of infection.

They found that patients who had experienced an infection during those six months had twice the rate of memory loss as patients who began with similar levels of inflammation at the start of the study but who had not had any type of infection.

These findings have important implications for caretakers of patients with Alzheimer’s as avoiding infections could help slow patients’ memory loss.

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Every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s. New research finds that something as simple as the common cold can worsen the symptoms of this degenerative disease.

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Discounts help NC tourism areas as spending drops

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Many North Carolina attractions say discounts helped keep them afloat this summer.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that most destinations expect declines in revenue this summer to be less than in 2008, because of aggressive marketing.

The Explore Asheville Web site to offer deeply discounted hotel rooms and packages. Marla Tambellini with the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau said the declines in tourism numbers this year were smaller than 2008.

The Mile High Kite Festival in Beech Mountain offered free kites to the first 200 children Sunday.

Rain hurt the coast during the Labor Day weekend.

Overall, hotels, motels and campgrounds on the Outer Banks had an increase in occupancy. But weeklong cottage rentals were down in Dare County, a reflection of people taking shorter trips.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Many North Carolina attractions say discounts helped keep them afloat this summer.

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Low Country Oyster Roast coming in October

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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If you like oysters, this is your chance to put your taste buds to work for a good cause. Airlie Gardens’ annual Low Country Oyster Roast is coming up next month.

The event includes music, dancing, barbecue and, of course, oysters. All the proceeds go to support Airlie’s Environmental Education program, featuring field trips that are free for New Hanover County schools.

“We do a second grade program, which is our butterfly curriculum for life cycles. We also do a third grade, which is soils,” said Airlie Gardens director Jim McDaniel. “Most importantly is the eighth grade, which is water quality, which, of course, the oyster roast ties right into that water quality mission.”

Airlie’s oyster roast is Friday, October 16th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $75.

For more information call 798-7700 or go to www.AirlieGardens.org.

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If you like oysters, this is your chance to put your taste buds to work for a good cause. Airlie Gardens’ annual Low Country Oyster Roast is coming up next month.

The event includes music, dancing, barbecue and, of course, oysters.

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NC governor gets flu shot to get state to prepare

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Bev Perdue says everyone in North Carolina should get prepared for flu season, and she’s starting with her office.

Perdue will get her flu shot Tuesday, along with 10 members of her cabinet.

State health officials recommend everyone get a regular flu shot now and then get a special shot to protect against swine flu when the vaccine becomes available later this year.

As of last week, North Carolina reported nine deaths and 193 people hospitalized with swine flu this year.

Health officials worry the disease will spread faster now with schools and colleges back in session and the weather turning cooler.

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Gov. Bev Perdue says everyone in North Carolina should get prepared for flu season, and she’s starting with her office.

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