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Although the last confirmed case of the avian influenza (bird flu) was in June, experts are bracing for the outbreak's impact on Thanksgiving.

With the potential for the disease to move south with birds migrating for winter, it's likely that turkeys on the Thanksgiving table will be impacted.

"Minnesota was the second largest turkey producing state in the country," said Joe Deal, Assistant Extension Agent, Agriculture with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. "The disease impacted 8.9 million birds in that state. Many of those birds were turkeys and would have found their way to the Thanksgiving table this fall. North Carolina was the third largest producer of turkeys in the country. As of now, N.C. probably is number two because of the loss in Minnesota.There will be fewer turkeys available for Thanksgiving dinner this year and probably a higher price tag as a result."


The Macon Overdose Prevention Coalition (MOPC), a multi-disciplinary coalition dedicated to prevent and provide resources for the treatment of opioid overdoses was chosen to be one of 18 grant recipients from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The MOPC will collaborate with the N.C. Harm Reduction Coalition to increase the availability and use of the opioid antagonist naloxone in Macon County.

One of the primary goals of the MOPC is to provide community members with naloxone and information on resources and services available to people who use opioids. The medication naloxone will be provided for free. Each of the 18 grant recipients which represent 13 states, will be awarded $100,000 over one year. North Carolina will be host to two of the grants, the other of which will focus on Vance County.


A new study led by researchers in the UNC Department of Pediatrics finds a direct correlation between more severe forms of obesity in children and related risk factors for developing heart disease and diabetes—particularly in boys. The study will be published in the October issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

More than three million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than overweight children, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study found that children with the more severe forms of obesity showed early signs of heart disease and diabetes, with the differences most notable in boys and young men.


Dr. Matthew CorbinDr. Matthew Corbin graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry in May 2015.

At graduation, Corbin took an oath of office to become a Captain in the United States Air Force Dental Corps and graduated from U.S. Air Force Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama in July 2015.

Corbin is currently a dental resident with the U.S. Air Force and is stationed at Offutt AFB near Omaha, Neb.

The son of Kevin and Beth Corbin, of Franklin, he is a 2010 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., and 2005 graduate of Franklin High School.

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