11th Annual FRANKLIN FOLK FESTIVAL :: Saturday, July 19 from 9am - 4pm in Historic Downtown Franklin

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Amanda Ammons Phillips of Franklin received the National Student Honor Award presented by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

The award encourages and supports individuals interested in laboratory professions. Awarded annually to students in their final clinical year of study, it is based on academic achievement, leadership ability, community activities, professional goals and endorsements from faculty and community leaders.

ASCP awards are among the most highly sought-after in the industry, according to Andrea Kennedy, left, SCC medical laboratory technology and phlebotomy program director, and Dale Hall, right, SCC MLT instructor.

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Black Mountain Home for Children will hold its annual Alumni Picnic and Reunion on Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus at 80 Lake Eden Road in Black Mountain. Attendees can reconnect with friends, see how the Home has changed in recent years and enjoy flipping through photos that date back to the early 1900s when the Home was founded.

New this year will be the unveiling of the Alumni Wall of Fame. Each summer two alumni nominated by their peers will be recognized for their accomplishments. Honorees for 2011 will be announced at the picnic.

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Technology used to promote better health and cancer prevention statewide

North Carolina’s length, breadth and socioeconomic diversity creates challenges for promoting the healthy behaviors necessary to minimize cancer risk and ensure the best possible quality of life. That’s why five new projects are looking at ways to harness interactive communications technologies to prevent cancer or reduce cancer risk; increase access to cancer screening, prevention and treatment services; and to improve quality of life for those living with cancer.

The potential of these relatively new technologies has not been thoroughly explored, and researchers want to know if they can be effective in reaching people who would otherwise lack access to information, services or expertise.

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The recent increase in recommended vitamin D intake from the Food and Nutrition Board may prompt some to seek more summer sun. But, experts at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer say there’s no safe amount of time people can stay in the sun without increasing skin cancer risks.

People tend to think of sunshine when they think of vitamin D — and for good reason. When UV rays come in contact with the skin, it triggers the creation of vitamin D.

“Some people may absorb enough vitamin D from their routine outdoor exposure,” says Susan Y. Chon, M.D., assistant professor in MD Anderson’s Department of Dermatology. “However, the benefits of UV exposure may be limited because they can lead to increased risks of developing skin cancer.”

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