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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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Larry Reeves, Long Term Care Ombudsman for Region A, Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging, will speak on “Sense and Nonsense about Memory Loss” at Chestnut Hill of Highlands on Thursday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse Dining Room, 64 Clubhouse Trail, just off Buck Creek Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Previously, Reeves was mountain area program manager for the Alzheimer's Association for Western North Carolina.

A native of Waynesville, Reeves received his undergraduate degree from Berea College, Berea, Ky. He holds two graduate degrees as well as a graduate certificate in gerontology, and has spent many years working in the long term care field.

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A partnership between Macon County Public Health and Angel Medical Center provides free programs on a variety of health topics for men and women with an emphasis on the importance of regular health screenings.

At this month’s Men’s Night Out, Donna McClure-Allen, LCSW, LCAC, NCAC1, and mental health social worker Veteran Affairs at the Franklin VA Outpatient Clinic, will be discussing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The meeting will be Tuesday, July 23, at Angel Medical Center in the Video Conference Room on the third floor, at 6:30 p.m.

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