Week of July 12 - 16, 2010

Men who take Viagra, ED drugs more likely to have STDs
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-07-11-erectile-dysfunction-stds_N.htm
USA Today
Middle-aged and older men who take erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases, a new study of more than 1.4 million men finds. ..."This study confirms what we've suspected for a while, which is that the men who are using these drugs aren't just those who have erectile dysfunction, but they're also men in high risk groups who take it to enhance sexual activity," said Dr. Peter Leone, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina and board chair of the National Coalition of STD Directors. "So it's not that the drug is leading to the behavior. It's really the other way around."

UNC dermatology professor answers your burning sun questions
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/8727738/article-UNC-dermatology-professor-answers-your-burning-sun-questions?
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Applying sunscreen is a summer ritual for Americans hoping to protect their skin from burns, wrinkles and cancers. But researchers have raised questions about the safety of some sunscreens. Read below for answers to your skin questions from Craig Burkhart, an assistant professor of dermatology at UNC's School of Medicine who works in the multispecialty melanoma program.

Simple interventions up parental accuracy of kids’ weight
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life/relationships/parenting/Simple-interventions-up-parental-accuracy-of-kids-weight/articleshow/6162711.cms
The Times of India
In a new study, some simple interventions helped change a parent's perspective about a child's being overweight or obese, and change the parent's behaviors at home to reduce those risks. According to a study performed in North Carolina Children’s Hospital, researchers confirmed previous reports that parents of overweight or obese children do not recognize their child’s weight problem. ...“Doctors often don’t have time to discuss overweight; they don’t have the tools to do it; and many aren’t confident that they’re going to make a difference in their patients’ lives,” Eliana Perrin, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and lead author of the study, said.

Bomb victim's brother hurt; pilot killed
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20100713/NEWS/7130338/Bomb-victim-s-brother-hurt-pilot-killed
The News Journal (Wilmington, Del.)
Delaware pilot Thomas F. Pitts was killed Monday when his plane crashed in North Carolina, where he was taking the brother of a Delaware man killed in a terror attack on World Cup soccer fans in Uganda. Pitts, 65, and close friend Jim Donahue -- who was in critical condition Monday night -- reportedly flew from Salisbury, Md., to take Kyle Henn, 22, to Raleigh, N.C., to be with family after the death of his brother, Nate Henn. ...The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. as the plane attempted to land at Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill.

Plane crashes in Chapel Hill
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/8740196/article-Plane-crashes-in-Chapel-Hill?
The Herald-Sun
One person was killed Monday and two others injured in a plane crash at Horace Williams Airport that occurred shortly before 3 p.m. UNC Hospital officials confirmed that a survivor was Kyle Henn of Wilmington, Del., the brother of a Raleigh man, Nate Henn, who was one of more than 70 people killed Sunday in bombing attacks in Uganda that struck crowds watching the final World Cup soccer match between Spain and the Netherlands.
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Should Sacramento take sodas out of vending machines? Michelle Obama hosting live chat on obesity.
http://www.examiner.com/x-51589-Sacramento-Healthy-Trends-Examiner~y2010m7d12-Should-Sacramento-take-sodas-out-of-vending-machines-Michelle-Obama-hosting-live-chat-on-obesity
examiner.com
Sacramento parents all too often don't recognize their child has an obesity problem..."Doctors often don't have time to discuss overweight; they don't have the tools to do it; and many aren't confident that they're going to make a difference in their patients' lives," said Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and lead author of the study, published in the July-August issue of Academic Pediatrics.

FDA panel OKs diabetes drug despite risks
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/07/15/1562984/fda-panel-oks-diabetes-drug-despite.html
The Associated Press
A majority of federal health experts voted Wednesday to keep the controversial diabetes pill Avandia on the market despite evidence that it increases the risk of heart attack. ...John Buse, a professor of medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, said the lack of a consensus will keep the controversy surrounding the drug alive. "The mystery is why doctors continue to prescribe it," said Buse, the former president of the American Diabetes Association. "Doctors aren't supposed to be divided on the question whether a drug is safe or harmful."
 
Rare Blood Vessel Disease Could Have New Treatment Option
http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/healthday/641135.html
HealthDay News
A drug already used to treat lymphoma and rheumatoid arthritis shows promise as an option to treat rare forms of vasculitis, a disease affecting the blood vessels, according to two new studies. ..."I think these are two very important pivotal studies that bring hope to patients with ANCA vasculitis. And despite the fact that they are relatively small studies, they are proof of principle that this medicine has the ability to get rid of the group of cells that produce the [antibody]," added Dr. Ronald J. Falk, director of the University of North Carolina Kidney Center at Chapel Hill, and author of an accompanying editorial.

Sale of Avandia can go on
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/07/15/582110/panel-keep-selling-avandia.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A federal government advisory panel has recommended that GlaxoSmithKline's much-maligned diabetes drug Avandia remain on the market - even after finding that it increases the risk of heart attacks. ...John Buse, a professor of medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, said the lack of a consensus on Avandia will keep the controversy surrounding it alive. "The mystery is why doctors continue to prescribe it," said Buse, the former president of the American Diabetes Association. "Doctors aren't supposed to be divided on the question whether a drug is safe or harmful."

Women's health and family planning vital for healthy babies
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/8758864/article-Women-s-health-and-family-planning-vital-for-healthy-babies?
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Experts agree. Planning for and spacing pregnancies is one of the most important ways to ensure healthy mothers and babies. ..."There is only so much you can do to influence someone's health when they're already pregnant. We need to shift people's thinking about health well before they become pregnant," said Sarah Verbiest, executive director at UNC's Center for Maternal and Infant Health "If you show up to prenatal care when you're three months pregnant, you need to have already been taking folic acid."

Duke, UNC hospitals rank high for care
http://triangle.bizjournals.com/triangle/stories/2010/07/12/daily45.html
The Triangle Business Journal
Duke University Hospital and UNC Hospitals are among the nation’s best in providing care, according to U.S. News and World Reports. The magazine, known for its various rankings, posted on Thursday its 2010-2011 America’s Best Hospitals listing online. The results will be in the August print edition, which will be available July 27. ...UNC Hospitals had four specialties make the rankings: cancer at No. 47, ear, nose and throat at 21, gastroenterology at No. 27, and gynecology at No. 21.



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