Aug. 29 - Sept. 2, 2011

Extend STD treatment beyond patients, say ob-gyns
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/26/us-std-treatment-idUSTRE77P5SO20110826
Reuters (Wire Service)
...That assessment is echoed by Dr. Myron Cohen, who heads the division of infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "To treat the infected person and not the partner creates an impossible situation," Cohen, who is not affiliated with ACOG, told Reuters Health. "From a social-justice point of view, doing nothing with the partner makes no sense."

Awww ... freak gout!
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/health/articles/2011/08/29/gout_can_hit_anyone__and_its_on_the_rise/
The Boston Globe
...“If you convince a lot of people that there is this terrible disease lurking, then it is hard for Americans not to say, ‘Gee, that new medicine sounds good to me,’ ’’ said Dr. Nortin M. Hadler, an arthritis specialist and professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Hadler said that in his experience, the new drugs don’t seem to be more effective than those that have been on the market for decades. A self-described skeptic, Hadler has written extensively about aging and what he calls a growing trend in the medical industry to overuse tests and medications to treat patients.

UNC rejects offer for Rex
http://www.newsobserver.com/2011/08/27/1439509/unc-rejects-offer-for-rex.html#storylink=misearch
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
WakeMed's hostile $750 million bid to buy cross-town rival Rex Healthcare seems to be dead in the water. The Board of Directors of the UNC Health Care System, the parent of Raleigh-based Rex, unanimously rejected WakeMed's offer Friday afternoon. The board concluded such a sale would hurt the quality of patient care, increase costs, and undermine the financial health of UNC Health Care, "thereby increasing our reliance on state appropriations," CEO Bill Roper said in a phone interview after the board session.

UNC Health Care rejects WakeMed bid for Rex, calls for truce
http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/10050596/
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
The Board of Directors of UNC Health Care voted unanimously Friday to reject WakeMed's $750 million offer to acquire Rex Healthcare. The chairman of UNC Health Care's board also called for a truce in the war between WakeMed and Rex for physicians and patients.
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Defense reinforces self-defense claim in Stan Moretti murder trial
http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/08/26/1118428?sac=Home
The Fayetteville Observer
Aaron McLeod suffered paranoid schizophrenia and was hospitalized involuntarily three times because of his illness in the two years before Stan Moretti killed him, a psychiatrist testified on Friday. McLeod's records showed he was sometimes violent, said psychiatrist John Gilmore of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gilmore and others treated McLeod between 2003 and 2006, he said.

Hurricane Irene spawns baby boom in some hospitals
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44316271/ns/health-childrens_health/#.TlzfGl1g41I
MSNBC.com
...That's a popular idea, but not one based in science, according to Dr. Alison Stuebe, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina. Specific studies of the link between barometric pressure and labor have found small associations, but no clear ties. And some studies have found no relationship at all.

Free prostate screenings offered
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/15281129/article-Free-prostate-screenings-offered?
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC Health Care will offer free prostate cancer screenings on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m. each day in the Urology Clinic located on the second floor of N.C. Memorial Hospital. ...Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men in the United States,” said Raj Pruthi, chief of urology at UNC Hospitals and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Pruthi said prostate cancer is treatable if diagnosed early.

Local firms partner to help patients take medication properly
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2011/08/31/new-deal-to-help-patients-take.html
The Triangle Business Journal
...Family Health is in talks with the University of North Carolina Hospitals to pursue an agreement that would connect physicians from the hospital with patients using the Family Health software. No deal has been reached yet, according to UNC Hospitals spokeswoman Jennifer James.

PRP: For pain, some doctors say it’s the right Rx
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/print-edition/2011/09/02/prp-for-pain-some-doctors-say-its.html
The Triangle Business Journal
Some Triangle doctors think they could reduce overall health care costs by increasing the use of a procedure for joint pain. The procedure is called platelet-rich plasma therapy and is currently not covered by insurance. PRP could keep patients out of the operating room, though, say Dr. David Berkoff, in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department of orthopedics and Dr. Bob Wyker, the director of orthopedics at North Carolina State University athletics department, something that would result in overall savings.

Study shows US Infant mortality rate climbs
http://triangle.news14.com/content/646179/study-shows-us-infant-mortality-rate-climbs
News 14 Carolina
..."Where we really need to do our work in this state is in an area called preconception health,” reflected Dr. Sarah Verbiest, who is the UNC School of Medicine's Center for Maternal and Infant Health Executive Director. “Which means how do we help our young women and women of child bearing age be healthy?" Verbiest said most newborn deaths occur in the eastern part of the state and in urban areas and also impact certain groups.

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