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State provides vaccine amid whooping cough outbreak

Health officials are urging North Carolinians to make sure they’re immunized against pertussis (whooping cough) after new outbreaks across the state. Between December and the first week of June, state public health officials had tracked 179 cases of whooping cough in 23 counties, including 122 cases in the Winston-Salem area. That compared to just 126 cases of pertussis statewide in 2011. Read the full story

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MURDOCK Study seeks people with acne

The MURDOCK Study, based at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, is recruiting 250 people for a study of genetic factors affecting severe acne and adverse responses to treatment with oral medication. Read the full story

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Montessori school lecture looks at food as a medicine

Dr. Sheila Kilbane

Dr. Sheila Kilbane

Davidson Montessori School will present a lecture this Saturday, May 12, by Dr. Sheila Kilbane on “How Food Is Used as Medicine to Prevent Many Childhood Illnesses.” The lecture is at 1 p.m. at the school, 605 South St., Davidson. Read the full story

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Playing our part in improving medical care

Murdock study map and researcher

The MURDOCK Study aims to enroll 50,000 area residents for a long-term health study. (MURDOCK Study/N.C. Research Campus)

By JENNIFER MONTAGUE
DavidsonNews.net

KANNAPOLIS – So you think scientists and doctors are the only ones who make the exciting advances in medicine and disease treatments? Not so—you can play an important role, too, as subjects of the studies and trials that are a major component of medical research.

At the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, researchers are conducting one of the largest general population health studies in recent memory. The MURDOCK Study Community Registry, is a joint venture with David H. Murdock, who provided the name and the funding, and the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. MURDOCK is an abbreviation for Measurement to Understand the Reclassification of Disease of Cabarrus/Kannapolis. Its goal is to create a bank of medical information and tissue samples from 50,000 participants in this region. Researchers can then use this information to gain a better understanding of many different kinds of diseases. Read the full story

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