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Parenting Outside the Box, Part One: Our Path to a Diagnosis

A mother and her son.

Melissa Porter, administrative manager, NCI at Frederick Office of Scientific Operations, with her son, Harrison.

Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series describing one NCI at Frederick parent’s perspective on special needs parenting.

By Melissa Porter, Staff Writer

My husband and I find calling ourselves “special needs parents” difficult. Yes, we do have a child who has autism, and yes, we approach each day differently, but I have never thought of that as special needs parenting.

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Ebola: Where Are the Facts?

Ebola viral particle.

An electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle showing the characteristic filamentous structure of a Filoviridae. The viral filaments can appear in images in various shapes, including a “u,” “6,” coil, or branched, resulting in pleomorphic particles. Image from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Image Library, number 1833.

Since the first outbreak of Ebola in western Africa and the subsequent cases in the United States, a lot of information has been circulating about the virus. To keep NCI at Frederick employees informed, the Poster staff has compiled the following list of reputable websites that provide accurate and up-to-date information about Ebola:

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Weather Advisory: Tornados

Tornado graphic

Summer months carry the threat of severe storms and tornados in our area. Take a few moments to consider how well you are prepared in the event of a tornado warning.

The time to prepare for a tornado is before it happens. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides information on how to prepare and what to do in the event of a tornado. Take a few moments to read the important safety information FEMA has assembled: http://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.

Sign Up for Text Alerts from Frederick County

You can also sign up for text alerts to your cell phone from Frederick County at http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/ALERT.

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How You Can Help Save a Life

Man donating blood.

Kevin Zecher, a regular double-red donor, gives his red blood cells during the Red Cross Blood Drive held at NCI at Frederick on April 10. OHS regularly hosts blood drives for both whole blood and double-red cell donations.

By Carolynne Keenan, Contributing Writer

Kevin Zecher, a maintenance mechanic in Facilities Maintenance and Engineering, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., hasn’t missed a double-red cell donation at a blood drive at NCI at Frederick in four years.

He marks the time by his first granddaughter’s birth—that’s when he first decided to donate more than whole blood.

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