Aug. 1 - 5, 2011

No Need to Fast Before Kids' Cholesterol Screening
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/08/01/no-need-to-fast-before-kids-cholesterol-screening/
Reuters (Wire Service)
..."When compared to the burden and cost of return visits, and increased anxiety about returning for a blood draw, I think the difference is negligible," Dr. Michael Steiner, who worked on the study, told Reuters Health. "It's very hard for kids to fast." Steiner, a pediatrician at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, said his findings should lead to a reassessment of the current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.

Circumcision lowers precancerous lesions
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/07/29/Circumcision-lowers-precancerous-lesions/UPI-30991311990882/
United Press International
...A University of North Carolina-led international study found human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted virus, plays an important role in genital cancers in men and women, including cancers of the penis and cervix. "Our data are the first to show that male circumcision may reduce HPV-associated penile precancerous lesions," senior author Jennifer Smith of the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health says in a statement. "This represents an additional public health benefit of male circumcision."

Fasting not needed before kids' cholesterol tests, study suggests
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20086271-10391704.html
CBS News
Checking kids' cholesterol levels may soon be much simpler, now that a new study has shown that fasting is unnecessary before the required test." "Cholesterol testing can be very difficult for families," study author Dr. Asheley Cockrell Skinner, research associate professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, said in a written statement. "When having to fast, this almost always means the child has to return on another morning for the test, which can be very problematic for busy families."

Eagle Scouts Travel Far And Wide To Raise Money For UNC Lineberger Center
http://www.chapelboro.com/pages/10493775.php?
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Troop 845 members and Eagle Scout alumni participated in an international hike to raise awareness for cancer research at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We did this as a fundraiser for the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center as a follow up to the Cycle 20Ten Tour last year,” says participant Brian Burnham.

Study Finds PTSD Linked To Low Weight Infants
http://www.chapelboro.com/pages/10493684.php?
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
New research from the University of Michigan suggests women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are more likely to have smaller babies and to deliver them prematurely. “PTSD had a biologic effect on birth rate that was the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day,” says Dr. John Thorp, McAllister Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC and the co-author of the commentary on this research. “Babies whose moms had had traumatic events and then developed PTSD weighed on average about a pound less than other babies.”

Spanking has its place (Opinion-Editorial Column)
http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2011/07/31/65912/spanking-has-its-place.html
The Chapel Hill News
...In the Chapel Hill News of July 20, UNC assistant professor Adam Zolotor wishes we could help parents teach their children "what they need to learn without fear, pain, or coercion." That sounds good, but the problem is that life just doesn't work that way!

Is UNC Health growing too big? (Column)
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/14898460/article-Is-UNC-Health-growing-too-big-
The Chapel Hill Herald
In early May, WakeMed Health and Hospitals made headlines by offering to buy Rex Hospital from the University of North Carolina Health Care System. WakeMed is Wake County's largest hospital network and Rex is its second. UNC officials initially said that Rex was not for sale, but have since formed a committee to study the issue.

Debt-Ceiling Roulette: Leadership Lessons (Blog)
http://blogs.forbes.com/billfischer/2011/08/01/debt-ceiling-roulette-leadership-lessons/
Forbes.com
...As we watched these goings-on, my long-time collaborator Dr. Myron Cohen, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, likened it to situtions where physicians ask families to make life and death decisions for loved-ones on the basis of the best expert evidence available at the time. In the absence of prior evidence, the rule is always to try to reduce risk —  first, do no harm — the first rule of medicine.

When Food Cravings Point to Health Problems – and When They Don't
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/food-cravings-signal-diseases/story?id=14213276
"World News with Diane Sawyer" ABC
..."I have never heard of cravings as a signal for cancer and cannot think of a reason that they would be, outside of old-fashioned things like iron deficiency from chronic blood loss, most often seen with colorectal cancer," said Dr. Lisa Carey, medical director at the University of North Carolina Breast Center. 

Elsie Campbell Claims Lettuce Craving Led Her To Breast Cancer Diagnosis
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/elsie-campbell-lettuce-craving-cancer_n_917570.html
The Huffington Post
Six years ago, U.K. resident Elsie Campbell started craving lettuce intensely -- eating up to four heads of lettuce a day. Her husband Jim, a research scientist, sensed that something was wrong. ..."I have never heard of cravings as a signal for cancer and cannot think of a reason that they would be, outside of old-fashioned things like iron deficiency from chronic blood loss, most often seen with colorectal cancer," Dr. Lisa Carey, medical director at the University of North Carolina Breast Center, told ABC News.

Red Cross offers cooling center
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/08/04/2502178/red-cross-offers-cooling-center.html
The Charlotte Observer
...Electrolytes help with muscle contraction and carry nerve impulses through the body, said Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, assistant medical director with the UNC Chapel Hill Department of Emergency Medicine. Salt, the most important electrolyte, helps the body retain water. The brain also depends on salt to function.

Village Pride Award - Dr. Joanna Jordan
http://www.chapelboro.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5411389
WCHL
Dr. Joanna Jordan, Herman & Louise Smith Distinguished Adjunct Prof. of Epidemiology at UNC, speaks with the radio station.

Study: Fasting may not be needed for testing kids
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/14953542/article-Study--Fasting-may-not-be-needed-for-testing-kids?
The Chapel Hill Herald
Physicians usually ask children to fast overnight before a cholesterol test. But new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that this may not always be necessary. "Doctors are more frequently checking cholesterol in children, and cholesterol testing can be difficult for children and families," said Michael J. Steiner, lead author of the study, which was published online Aug. 1 by the journal Pediatrics.

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