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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.

Dr. Jeff AlexanderJeff Alexander, MD of Franklin recently began his practice with an internal medicine group in Charlottesville, Va. He finished a three-year residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center this summer.

Dr. Alexander is a 2003 Franklin High School graduate who was also graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest Medical School. He is the son of Fred and Diane Alexander of Franklin.





If you’ve ever wondered what type of healthcare organizations, programs and opportunities exist in Jackson, Macon, Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary, Southwestern Community College’s annual Health Fair is an opportunity to find out.

Representatives of more than 40 different vendors from throughout the area – as well as all 15 of SCC’s Health Sciences programs – will be in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson Campus from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, in Sylva.

There is no charge for admission to the event.

“We’ve got one of our largest groups of vendors we’ve ever had for our Health Fair,” said Amanda Allen, administrative assistant for Health Sciences at SCC. “We want everyone in the community to know they’re welcome. You don’t have to be an SCC student to attend.”


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