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Each year Drake Enterprises sponsors a Red Cross Blood Drive. The drive was held on Tuesday, July 9, at PRemiere Marketing, 261 East Palmer Street, Franklin. Drake employees donated 48 units of productive blood.

Pictured (L-R) are Tammy Nelson, Drake Software; Carolyn Deal, American Red Cross Supervisor; and Erica Hall, PRemiere Marketing.

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More than 100 consumers have complained to the North Carolina Attorney General’s office in the past month about calls pitching a medical alert system.

These robocalls (pre-recorded, automatically dialed calls) use what is called an avatar recording, meaning the recording can understand some of what you say and respond with a stock answer. In the recording, “John” promises you a medical alert system and says it’s already been paid for.

While this may sound like a good deal, AG Roy Cooper suspects it’s either a ruse to steal your money or to bill your health insurance provider for a device you may not want or need.

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Will help them keep producing their own insulin

Adding foods rich in specific amino and fatty acids to the diets of youth with Type 1 diabetes kept them producing some of their own insulin for up to two years after diagnosis, said researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The youth still required supplemental insulin, but they may have reduced risk of diabetes complications by continuing to produce some of their own insulin, said Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, professor of nutrition at Gillings and medicine at UNC’s School of Medicine, who led the study of more than 1,300 youth. “This also opens the door for a new approach that could really benefit the lives of these children.”

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Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who receive high-quality early intervention benefit developmentally regardless of the treatment model used — a surprising result that may have important implications for special-education programs and school classrooms across the country.

“This is the first study designed to compare long-standing comprehensive treatment models for young children with ASD,” said Brian Boyd, a fellow at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) and one of the study’s co-principal investigators. Boyd also is an assistant professor in occupational science and occupational therapy in UNC’s School of Medicine.

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