Aug. 22 - 26, 2011

First U.S. Inpatient Clinic For Moms With Postpartum Depression Opens
The Huffington Post
Some initiatives are so relevant, so beneficial to a population in need, that it's hard to believe they're new. One of these is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hospital's inpatient perinatal psychiatric unit for new mothers with severe postpartum depression, the first free-standing unit of its kind in the United States.

UNC opens nation’s first standalone inpatient unit for post-partum depression
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, said the first program that UNC launched for post-partum depression was an outpatient program that kicked off in 2005. She said they found that of all of the women seen there, about 5 percent had symptoms severe enough to need treatment in an inpatient setting. She said post-partum depression appears in 10 to 15 percent of all women after pregnancy, she said, and is one of the most common complications of child birth.

Walking with robots
The Charlotte Observer
...Most of the top rehabilitation centers in the country use the Lokomat today, but many hospitals can't afford it. "It's quite pricey," said Dr. Heather Walker, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at UNC Chapel Hill medical school. "If we had an unlimited budget here, I would definitely want to have one." Walker said a traditional harness-treadmill setup costs about $30,000.

No matter Irene's path, North Carolina leads response
McClatchy Newspapers
As Hurricane Irene gathers strength in the Caribbean with it likely to reach the U.S. over the weekend, North Carolina finds itself once again in the path of a storm, and in the position of first responder. ..."We operate on the assumption that any major calamity on the East Coast could affect us," said Dalton Sawyer, the director of emergency preparedness for the University of North Carolina Health Care system. "If we're needed, we can offer whatever assistance is available."

Jobs battles with rare pancreatic cancer, privacy
USA Today
..."People can co-exist with this disease for years," says Richard Goldberg, an expert in neuroendocrine tumors at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who has not treated Jobs. If the liver begins to fail, however, "people can go downhill pretty quickly. When you hit the wall, you hit the wall."

'Maggie Goes on a Diet': A Kids Book About Dieting? Not Without Controversy
...The title sends the wrong message, emphasizing dieting instead of healthy eating, says Cynthia Bulik, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We don't want kids to 'go on diets,' we don't want kids to use diet language," she says.

UNC project digs into arthritis
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A joint effort between UNC-Chapel Hill's medical school and thousands of Johnston County residents has produced a one-of-a-kind data mine that is benefiting patients, scientists and doctors all over the world. ..."Sometimes the best thing we do for people is getting them sleep," said UNC's Dr. Joanne Jordan, director of the project. "They didn't need another big drug, or knee injection; they might not have just been sleeping enough."

Pancreatic cancer in spotlight after Steve Jobs' resignation
CBS News
Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple's CEO Wednesday has fueled speculation about the computer visionary's health. One thing's for sure: fighting a rare pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor of the sort Jobs has acknowledged having is complicated business. "People can co-exist with this disease for years," Dr. Richard Goldberg, a neuroendocrine tumor expert at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, who has not treated Jobs, told USA Today. But things can take a turn for the worse if the liver begins to fail. "People can go downhill pretty quickly," Goldberg said. "When you hit the wall, you hit the wall."

First U.S. Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic Opens–But We Need MORE
Ms. Blog
On Monday, UNC’s Center for Women’s Mood Disorders launched as the first free-standing, inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit in the country. Before this week, if you were a pregnant woman or new mother who had such severe depression or psychosis that you required overnight hospitalization, there was no place in this country for you to go. Nowhere

Medical Moments: Fetal Genetic Testing
ABC News
Medical Moments - Fetal Genetic Testing

Johnston's joints
News & Observer (Editorial)
The medical complex at UNC-Chapel Hill yields benefits for the state so great as almost to defy description. Patients rely on it for top-notch care even while scientists search for better treatments and even cures. In studying osteoarthritis among residents of Johnston County, UNC shows its commitment both to helping specific North Carolinians coping with a disease and to learning more about that disease in hopes of helping people everywhere.

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