Week of July 5 - July 9, 2010

Decision-making needn't suffer with age, NCSU study finds
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
When it comes to decision-making among seniors, this may be the best advice: Keep it simple. Older people make better decisions using their intuition - their "gut" reactions - than using analysis, particularly when forced to plow through an array of information where the right choice isn't obvious, N.C. State researchers report..."Age is not the only factor at play," agreed Dr. Daniel Kaufer, a neurology professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who was not involved in the study. "Educational level, individual personality differences, and the complexity of the decision all may influence the ultimate choice."

Scientist to focus on personalized nutrition
The Salisbury Post
Dr. Martin Kohlmeier has joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis to advance personalized nutrition. Kohlmeier will relocate to Kannapolis to serve as faculty and primary investigator in the NRI Nutrigenetics Laboratory. UNC-Chapel Hill is one of eight universities studying health, nutrition and agriculture at the Research Campus. Kohlmeier will maintain his appointment as a research professor with the Department of Nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and School of Public Health.

Solving the Med Student Debt Problem: Collect a Percentage of Income (Blog)
The Wall Street Journal
...The piece, published earlier this month in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, proposes that med schools cut out tuition and fees during medical education, then collect a fixed percentage of income for 10 years after a physician has finished training. Because specialties vary in their training time, a neurosurgeon might not start paying until 13 years after entering med school, while for a family practitioner payment could start as soon as seven years after beginning school, Louis Weinstein, one of the authors of the proposal and a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University, tells the Health Blog. (The other author is Honor Wolfe, of the University of North Carolina.)

Chorus to perform cancer survivor's celebratory song
The Chapel Hill Herald
After surviving the pain of divorce and the adversity of cancer, Susan Borwick emerged with a song in her heart and a historical figure from whom to draw strength. Borwick, a music professor and member of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, composed the song, "And Ain't I a Woman!," based on the famous words of African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth in her speech at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851. ...Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, to support research on women's cancers.

Womb environment may affect timing of menopause
Reuters (Wire Service)
Events surrounding a baby girl's birth may affect the age at which she later goes through menopause. In a study of more than 20,000 middle-aged Puerto Rican and American women, researchers found that exposure in the womb to the man-made estrogen, diethylstilbestrol (DES), as well as certain characteristics of the mom, had small effects on the timing of this natural biological process. "These aren't drastic changes, but the fact that something at birth can affect something 50 years later is fascinating," Dr. Anne Steiner of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill told Reuters Health.

Stemming advanced prostate cancer growth
United Press International
U.S. researchers say their findings may open the door for new treatments for advanced prostate cancer. Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, N.C., say they are seeking to find out why therapies reducing the male hormone androgen help slow cancer's development and spread, especially initially, but may not be effective in some advanced prostate cancers.

UNC, Duke give Durham fifth highest doctor concentration among U.S. metros
The Triangle Business Journal
The medical schools and huge health systems of Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill give the City of Medicine and environs one of the highest doctor-to-resident ratios in the United States. With 5,300 physicians, the Durham metropolitan statistical area boasts the fifth-highest concentration of doctors among 392 MSAs nationally.

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