April 18 - 22, 2011

Even Without Symptoms, Genital Herpes Can Spread
"Talk of the Nation" National Public Radio
...My next guest says most of the people who are infected with herpes type 2 don't even know they're infected, and in that light doctors should be routinely testing for herpes using a blood test. Joining me now to talk about it is Peter Leone. He's professor of medicine in the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, adjunct professor of epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health, medical director of the North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Control Branch.

Chapel Hill, Researcher Settle Dispute on Computer Security
Inside Higher Ed
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bonnie Yankaskas, an epidemiologist, have settled a dispute over the extent to which she was responsible for a security breach in a computer database used for her studies on breast cancer, The News & Observer reported.
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Let the Building Begin! New Hospital Underway
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC Hospitals will be breaking ground on its new medical campus in Hillsborough. The new facility is expected to house 50 acute care beds, an 18 bed intensive care unit, six operating rooms, and an emergency department.  It will also offer both out-patient medical procedures and an urgent care center.  The new hospital should be completed by 2015.

Autistic brains "organised differently"
The Journal
Last month, a study run at the University of North Carolina linked autism spectrum disorders to a single protein. When tested on mice, it was found that the protein Shank3 stopped effective communication between the brain cells and resulted in behaviours associated with autism. There is hope that this study will help lead to drug treatments of the disorder.

5 reasons men shouldn't blow off going to the doctor
Daily Times
"Early detection can be difficult with other organs in the body, but not so with the skin," says Adnan Nasir, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina.

Eliana Perrin named WCHL "Hometown Hero"
Eliana Perrin was the Hometown Hero on April 19.

UNC Hospitals may not receive state appropriations
The Daily Tar Heel
For the first time since opening doors to patients in 1947, UNC Hospitals might not receive any state appropriations. The N.C. General Assembly recently proposed eliminating its entire 2012 fiscal year appropriation of $44 million to UNC Hospitals. These funds are used to help offset the cost of uncompensated care.

Hillsborough hails start of work on hospital
News & Observer
UNC Hospitals broke ground Wednesday on a new hospital campus in Hillsborough's Waterstone development near Interstate 40. The $200 million project will be completed in two phases. The first phase, a three-story physician office building, will include an outpatient clinic with urgent care, imaging and oncology services. It is scheduled to open in 2013.
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