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Archive for October, 2009

Pinewood apartments fire started with a mattress

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | Fire investigators say a blaze that destroyed a maintenance shed Wednesday started in old mattresses, which were stored behind the building, and was intentionally set.

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International Diabetes Foundation outlines new diabetes guidelines

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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The International Diabetes Federation reports that over 285 million people worldwide now live with diabetes and they predict that within 20 years that number will jump to 435 million.

In order to equip health care professionals with the latest guidance in diabetes care, the federation recently released new clinical guidelines that cover topics such as gestational diabetes and proper use of at-home blood glucose testing.

Though monitoring blood glucose levels at home was previously suggested only for those diabetics taking insulin injections, the guidelines recommend that those who manage their diabetes through oral medication should also keep track of their blood glucose at home.

The report also offers the federation’s first-ever guidelines on diabetes and pregnancy, and advises that diabetic women wishing to conceive should get pre-pregnancy advice from doctors, consider stopping oral blood sugar medications and certain blood pressure medications, and begin folic acid therapy. Concerning gestational diabetes, which has become increasingly common in the past years, the report says that early action is key and any pregnant woman who tests abnormal for blood sugar levels should be considered for diabetes treatment.

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The International Diabetes Federation reports that over 285 million people worldwide now live with diabetes and they predict that within 20 years that number will jump to 435 million.

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Wilmington parents upset NHC schools arent warning about H1N1 cases

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Cindy White took her sixth grade son Justin out of Noble Middle School when she found out two of his classmates had swine flu. She is upset because the school didn’t tell her.

“I just think that we should have been alerted, and what they’re doing is hiding it,” White said.

She said her son has a weak immune system and a family history of autoimmune disease. “I don’t really want to get sick or anything because this can kill you,” she said.

Robin Thompson said she, her husband, and her eighth grade son at Noble got the H1N1 flu. “I asked my son when he was sick, ‘have a lot of kids been out sick” and he told me in one class they had seven kids in one day that was out,” Thompson said.

The New Hanover County School Board said they are not required to inform parents when students get H1N1.

“We are following the guidelines set forth by the New Hanover County Health Department who are in turn following the guidelines set forth by the CDC,” said New Hanover County assistant superintendent Rick Holliday. “Whatever the health department instructs us to do, we will do in a public health emergency.”

Dr. Holliday said the school board has held three public forums for parents in which the health department discussed H1N1. He said informing parents of students with H1N1 violates child privacy laws. Complicating matters, the New Hanover County Health Department is currently out of the H1N1 vaccine.

Cindy White has taken her son Justin out of school. He is on the waiting list to get the H1N1 vaccination but she said until he gets it, he will not be returning to Noble Middle School.

White found out about the students with H1N1 because her son was texting the students to find out why they missed class.

The New Hanover County Health Department believes they will be getting in more shipments of the H1N1 vaccine from the CDC in the next week.

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videoParents at a Wilmington middle school are upset because they were not notified when several students at the school came down with H1N1. School administrators said they are not required to share the information.

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Issues with child support payments

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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On average, parents who were arrested for unpaid child support last year owed just over $2,000. But one mother said she’s owed more than 10 times that amount, and the father of her child has already been released from jail.

“There should be no reason that he’s been put back out on the street, especially if he doesn’t have a job,” said single mom Shone Brown.

In child support cases it is called the amount needed to purge. No matter how much a person owes, a judge determines how much they have to pay to get out of jail. But Shone Brown said there is no way her son’s father, who owes more than $25,000 in back child support, should have been released for just a hundred bucks.

“I have to go home, and I have to explain these things to my son, because he knows what’s going on,” Brown said. “I don’t hide anything from him.”

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Travis Robinson said letting someone pay less than the full amount in back child support helps them get back into the world. That way they can work and pay back their balance. “Folks staying in the jail facility are not out more or less being productive members of society by earning money to give for the children and for the families based on their obligations,” Lt. Robinson said.

In Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said he is aware of several inmates in jail because they owe a few hundred dollars in child support. Each inmate costs tax payers about $60 a day.

“If we have a warrant on someone who owes whatever in child support, if the warrant is sent to our office we will serve it regardless of the amounts,” Sheriff Ingram said.

Brown hopes that message will convince her child’s father to live up to his obligations. “I don’t need a live-in father to be a good parent, but I need you to help take care of my child,” she said.

Lieutenant Robinson said many times a judge will issue a lower amount to purge, if it’s the first time someone has been arrested for failing to pay child support. But in other cases, a parent could be forced to pay the full amount before he’s released from jail.

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videoOn average, parents who were arrested for unpaid child support last year owed just over $2,000. But one mother said she’s owed more than 10 times that amount, and the father of her child has already been released from jail.

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Lights on Afterschool program celebrated in Wilmington

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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Wilmington is part of a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs.

The “Lights on Afterschool” event took place at Kids Making It downtown. City and county leaders toured the facility where at-risk kids learn wood working and life skills.

The event’s goal is to shed light on the importance of afterschool programs. Kids who are a part of Kids Making It said they are learning a trade, which helps them be more productive.

“For me, I was headed down the wrong path. I was about to be sent to juvi, but now when I started coming down here, its like a whole different person came out of me,” said Gilbert McClammy.

At the event, Mayor Bill Saffo proclaimed Thursday Lights on Afterschool Day in Wilmington.

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Wilmington is part of a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs.

The “Lights on Afterschool” event took place at Kids Making It downtown. City and county leaders toured the facility where at-risk kids learn wood working and life skills.

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