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Infant dies of whooping cough, officials urge precautions

North Carolina health officials last Friday reported the first infant death of 2013 blamed on pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. The child was three weeks old and lived in Transylvania County. The state Department of Health & Human Services said whooping cough is spreading throughout the state, and they’re urging residents to take precautions to prevent more deaths. Read the full story

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FORCE devotes week to hereditary cancer awareness

OCT. 2 FUNDRAISER AT TCBY

FORCE Charlotte will be the beneficiary of a “Previvor Day” fundraiser Oct. 2, 2-6pm, at TCBY Davidson, in the Davidson Commons Shopping Center, 610 Jetton St. The store will donate a portion of sales to the group. FORCE Charlotte members will be on hand to share the FORCE message and educate the community about HBOC Week and Previvor Day.

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You may have your dad’s eyes and your mom’s smile, but you can also inherit risk for cancer from either parent. Some families carry a genetic change known as a mutation in genes called BRCA 1 or BRCA 2. These gene changes can cause a very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer to run in the family.

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancers have aggressively attacked generations of families and “FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered” is the only national nonprofit dedicated to awareness, advocacy, research and support for those affected by these cancers. Read the full story

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Lupus Foundation offers pain management class Oct. 10

CHARLOTTE – The Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter (LFANC), will host a Pain Management Workshop Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6pm, at LiveWELL Carolinas!, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

The workshop is free and aimed at those living with lupus and their caregivers. Registration is required by Oct. 3. Register online at https://charlottepainmanagement.eventbrite.com/ or by calling 877-849-8271. Read the full story

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Worth viewing: Herzog documentary on texting & driving

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"From One Second to the Next," by Werner Herzog.

“From One Second to the Next,” by Werner Herzog.

There’s been a lot in the news lately about campaigns against texting and driving. As teens head back to school and parents are back on the road for another year of kid-taxi duty, it’s worth heeding the safety warnings – and maybe doing a little bit of background viewing. Reader Scott Denham recently shared this video by German filmmaker Werner Herzog that uses stories to make the point.

“I ride a lot in and around Davidson, both as a commuter and as an active road cyclist. I see many, many drivers texting while driving,” Denham said in a recent email. “Herzog’s documentary is of interest not only because it’s hard-hitting and very good, but also because he is thought of mainly as an independent high-art film director.” Read the full story

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