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Archive for May, 2014

FDA orders warning for kids on tanning beds

Friday, May 30th, 2014

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The FDA is taking new steps to tackle health risks for young people when it comes to tanning.

The federal agency is requiring a warnings on tanning beds, much like cigarettes, for user under the age of 18.

Experts says tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma, especially for kids.

Donna Gurganious has been using tanning beds frequently since she was 22. She believes this label could have a positive impact.

“Because people will really research what the tanning beds do, and the kind of rays that they emit, as opposed to what you’re getting when you’re just laying in the sun,” she said.

The FDA is also putting a requirement on some marketing materials for these sunlamp products, including requiring manufacturers to get clearance before marketing any of these products.

Gurganious says this regulation may have an impact, but she thinks the responsibility lies with the parents.

“It may help, but only if there is reinforcement, because a teenager is going to smoke a pack of cigarettes if they can get a hold of ’em, just because it’s something they’re not supposed to do,” Gurganious said.

But tanning salon owner Alfred Walker does not think the labels will keep people from using the tanning beds.

“I really don’t. Hey, I had labels on my beds. They wore off now from cleaning the beds. Ain’t never paid no attention to them,” Walker said.

The FDA hopes teens will pay attention in an attempt to cut down on potentially deadly skin cancers.

New sunlamp products have 90 days to comply with this requirement. Products already on the market have 450 days.


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NHCS announces guidelines regarding summer athletics safety

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Athletics Department announces guidelines regarding summer athletics safety.

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BB&T to anchor new downtown Wilmington office building

Friday, May 30th, 2014

BB&T will occupy 34,000 square feet of the 68,000-square-foot building at 101 N. Third St.

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Local veterans react to VA chief’s resignation

Friday, May 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — President Obama announced this morning he accepted VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.

Shinseki has been under fire ever since the scandal surrounding the care of veterans at VA facilities surfaced. Now vets in our area are speaking out about issues in the VA that caused serious delays for those needing care.

Shinseki’s resignation came just hours after he apologized to veterans for the health care issues that caused excessive waiting times covered up by employees at the VA center in Phoenix.

One Wilmington veteran says Shinseki’s resignation will not fix the problem.

“He is like anyone else,” Army veteran David Hartley said. “He is in charge of it. It’s his responsibility. If in fact that went on, I don’t see how he can sleep at night.”

But others say Shinseki is not to blame.

“The man was doing the best he could with what he had,” Navy veteran Joe Stanley said. “His hands were tied with what he could and couldn’t do.”

Navy veteran Bill Paschall said, “The man could have probably done the job, but the organization is so huge, you cannot know what’s going on down in the trenches.”

While we’ve received e-mails from some veterans complaining of issues at the local VA, veterans we spoke with Friday had no complaints.

“I used the VA hospital, and what minor care I received there, I’ve always been treated fairly,” Hartley said.

But veterans did have some tips on how to fix the problem and ensure veterans receive the care they deserve.

“I think you should need some professional hospital people running it, not politicians,” Paschall said.

Stanley said, “If somebody is not doing what you’re supposed to do, get rid of them. Get somebody in there that will do the job the way it’s supposed to be done.”

Many veterans we spoke with say this has been a problem for years.

So far three people, including the Phoenix VA hospital’s director and associate director, have been placed on administrative leave.


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Miller pulled out of Buffalo State search ahead of selection

Friday, May 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — SUNY Buffalo State has selected its new president, and it’s not UNCW Chancellor Gary Miller.

A UNCW spokeswoman confirms Miller withdrew his name from consideration for the New York job earlier this week. The SUNY Buffalo State search committee announced today the State University of New York’s chancellor will recommend to SUNY’s Board of Trustees Katherine Conway-Turner, Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs at Hood College in Maryland as Buffalo State’s ninth president.

Miller is still in the running for the chancellor position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he is one of five finalists. Officials there will meet Monday to vote on their selection.


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