Nov. 8 - 12

Tai Chi reduces arthritis pain
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
The Chinese exercise regimen Tai Chi helps reduce fatigue and arthritis pain, a new study has found. "Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis," said Leigh Callahan, the study's lead author and associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Most doctors don't know the cost of the tests they order
The Jerusalem Post (Israel)
...A recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine had an article by University of North Carolina medical geneticist Prof. James Evans and colleagues who stated that medical professionals “must ensure that rapidly evolving and multiplying genomic technologies are responsibly harnessed, and that their promise is not oversold to the public.” They argued that “a primary role of health-care professionals in the future may be to interpret their patients’ DTC genetic test results and advise them about appropriate follow-up.”

UNC team identifies a 'tipsy' gene
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
We've all seen that person who can slam drink after drink yet never appear to get drunk. But it turns out that being able to hold one's liquor may mean you are genetically inclined to develop alcoholism later in life. Kirk Wilhelmsen, a genetics professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, led a team that has identified a gene that could explain why some people feel the effects of alcohol quicker than others.

Chapel Hill’s G-Zero gets cancer grant
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC-Chapel Hill startup G-Zero Therapeutics has won a federal grant in the form of tax credits worth more than $240,000, the university said in a written statement. G-Zero is based on discoveries made by Dr. Ned Sharpless, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center doctor and associate director for translational research.

Tai Chi may help ease arthritis pain
United Press International
Tai Chi, a martial art originating in China known for fluid movements, helps relieve arthritis pain, stiffness and improves well-being, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine found participants diagnosed with arthritis who took part in an program of Tai Chi also showed improvement in their ability to reach while maintaining balance.

Hidden Heart Disease
The Wall Street Journal
...Experts are sharply divided in the drugs-versus-lifestyle debate. Some doctors don't even like the term "prehypertension," let alone the idea of treating it with drugs. Anthony Viera, a family physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says he doesn't tell patients they have "prehypertension," instead counseling them on lifestyle modifications.

Cheaper, Older Treatment for Vasculitis Beats Out New Drug
HealthDay News
...The older drug, azathioprine, "beat out the new kid on the block," said Dr. Ronald Falk, a kidney specialist familiar with the findings. But that's not necessarily good news because relapses and serious side effects are common over time. ..."The issue of how to maintain remission is critically important. At least now these patients can take a less expensive drug that seems to work better," said Falk, director of the University of North Carolina Kidney Center at Chapel Hill.

UNC study: Tai Chi benefits people with arthritis
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Tai Chi, a Chinese exercise system for relaxation and health, improved pain, fatigue and stiffness among a group of people with arthritis who participated in a study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study, released today, followed the progress of 354 people recruited from 20 sites in North Carolina and New Jersey. After twice-weekly Tai Chi classes for eight weeks, participants reported improvements in their arthritis symptoms, including less pain, stiffness and fatigue. They also said they felt better overall.

Haiti dealing with deadly cholera epidemic
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Still recovering from the aftermath of last January's earthquake, the island nation of Haiti is facing new concerns with a cholera epidemic, and new flooding is expected to increase disease concerns. ...“In fact, patients with this type of gastroenteritis can lose up to 10 percent of their body weight just in a few hours,” UNC epidemiologist Dr. David Weber said. Weber, an infectious disease expert, says the mortality rate from cholera can be as high as 50 to 70 percent.

Woman brought back to life after dying
WTVD-TV (ABC/Raleigh)
...Amy Moore had suffered sudden cardiac death, which is the cause of 250,000 deaths a year nationwide. "It's a more common death than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS all put together," UNC Cardiologist, Dr. Lisa Rose-Jones explained. But Rose-Jones says Amy Moore's case was unique because of her age and the fact she didn't have any underlying heart disease.

Doctors 'Freeze' North Carolina Mom Amy Moore to Save Her Life
ABC World News Tonight
Amy Moore, a 38-year-old mother, was all but dead when she collapsed at her workplace on Sept. 14, suffering what's called "sudden cardiac death" -- despite having no pre-existing heart conditions. According to doctors at the University of North Carolina where Moore was treated, she had no pulse for 20 minutes.

African-Americans may have more foot ills
United Press International
Older African-Americans are three times more likely to have corns, flat feet or other foot ills, U.S. researchers find. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill also found in people who were not obese, African-Americans were twice as likely as whites to have bunions and hammer toes. There were no significant differences by race for bunions or hammer toes among obese participants.

Why are Anorexics More Likely to Have Unplanned Pregnancies and Abortions?
Many women — and doctors too — believe that women with anorexia stop menstruating. First of all, that's not true. And secondly, here's a quick fertility refresher: just because a woman doesn't get her period doesn't mean she's not ovulating. ...“It wasn't just a subtle difference,” says Cynthia Bulik, the study's lead author and director of the eating disorders program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “It was really a whopping difference. We have got a public health message we've got to get out there.”

Tickled pink (Letter to the Editor)
The Chapel Hill News
On behalf of cancer patients and everyone at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital, thank you to all of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses and groups who have helped us "Turn the Town Pink" to support the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. (H. Shelton Earp, Director, UNC Lineberger)

Woman brought back to life shares story
WTVD-TV (ABC/Raleigh)
The family and doctors of a Johnston County woman who was brought back to life at UNC Hospitals after her sudden death spoke to ABC11 Eyewitness News earlier this week about her ordeal. ...A quick response from paramedics gave her a chance to live and UNC doctors induced hypothermia, hoping to minimize the damage to her brain.

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