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Joelle Adeleke

City & State

CHCCS middle school teacher Brandon Cartagena emphasizes culture preservation

CHCCS middle school teacher Brandon Cartagena's teaching philosophy centers on the preservation of Hispanic culture, he said.  Though he teaches social studies lessons in Spanish, not every student he teaches has a Hispanic background. For him, Cartagena said, teaching content in Spanish is a way to learn the language other than explicitly having language lessons. 

City & State

'Impacted every aspect of my life': Sickle Cell Awareness Month encourages understanding

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. At this time, the only known cure for sickle cell disease is receiving bone marrow transfusions from a close family member. Gene therapy, which uses the patient's own cells, is currently considered experimental.  “Basic science and clinical research – both will help us better take care of a brand new population of adults that have sickle cell disease,” Dr. Jane Little, director of UNC's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease program, said. 

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