Aug. 8 - 12, 2011

UNC-CH, Duke teams learn how cells stay healthy
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...The team at Duke and UNC-CH figured out that a protein related to cancer is a crucial link in the chain of events that splits apart these cellular generators - even in healthy cells. It's a connection that nobody has made before, said Adrienne Cox, a professor of radiation oncology at UNC-CH's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. It solved a mystery, Cox said, that had puzzled scientists for the last few years: Why could they find this cancer-related protein inside our cells' power generators? What was its purpose there?

UNC, community colleges partner to prevent cancer
The Chapel Hill Herald
...As part of the University Cancer Research Fund's Health-e-NC program, researchers from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are partnering with the state's community colleges to assess needs and preferences for adopting and implementing EBIs for cancer prevention that are suitable for their students, employees and community residents.

Wake will revamp mental health care
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...The Wake County Board of Commissioners is partnering with UNC's health care system and the state health and human services department to replace Wake's local mental health agency, which monitors and provides some care to eligible people with behavioral health problems. ..."It's a very complicated process that involves lots of entities," said Kevin FitzGerald, chief of staff of UNC Health Care. "Wake County represents such a substantial portion of the state's population that it's really important that we get it right."

Postpartum depression, trouble breast-feeding go together (Blog)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that mothers who struggle to breast-feed in the first two weeks after giving birth are more prone to postpartum depression. The study, which was published in the journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, looked at data from 2,586 women in the government-funded Infant Feeding and Practices Study II, which assessed issues of feeding and depression. Nine percent of the women fell into the category of “major depression.”

HIV & Sex
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
Dr. Myron Cohen presented a paper at this summer's Global AIDS Conference in Rome that caused a sensation. Cohen, a Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, displayed a new treatment that would allow people with HIV to have normal sex lives without worrying about infecting their partners. Cohen joins host Frank Stasio to explain how treating HIV positive people with anti-viral medications (ARVs) early on – before they need it – can reduce or virtually eliminate the risk of infecting others during intercourse.

To 'the end of the world'
The Chapel Hill News
...Last summer Burnham and 13 young members of his Troop set upon Cycle 20Ten, 3,700-mile bicycle trip across the U.S. to build cancer research awareness. The trip raised $25,000 for UNC Lineberger. ..."These exceptional young men, led by the intrepid Brian Burnham, are truly amazing," said Dianne Shaw, Deputy Director of Communications for UNC Lineberger, who added the cancer center was "most grateful to them and their wonderful families."

UNC mental illness patients define themselves through art
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...University of North Carolina School of Medicine psychiatrist Dr. John Gilmore says art is one area in which people with mental disorders can explore their potential. That's the idea behind a gallery called Brushes with Life, which is displayed in the same halls where patients come for help with their illness. The artists price their own work. If sold, they get 100 percent of the money. The gallery, which began in 2001, is permanent, with new works constantly rotating in. Some of the pieces are displayed in the main lobby of the UNC neurosciences hospital.

How I got an eating disorder at 62
Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D. and director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, says “Genetics account for over 50 per cent of liability to anorexia nervosa and the genetic contribution is similarly high for bulimia nervosa. Genetic factors also play a role in binge eating disorder. But, for all three, that means that it’s not just genes—environment matters too.”

Financial aid programs help with medical costs
Rex Hospital reports seeing a 20 percent increase in the number of patients who are under-insured or do not have health insurance. The hospital offers financial aid programs.

Postpartum Depression and Difficulty Breast-Feeding May Go Hand in Hand
Time Magazine
“Clearly all women who have pain breast-feeding are not depressed, but the message for clinicians is to look not just at baby's mouth and the boob but to also look at mom's brain,” says Dr. Alison Stuebe, the study's senior author and an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine.

Groundbreaking Clinic To Treat New Mothers
Traditionally, mothers with severe post partum depression have been treated alongside patients with schizophrenia, dementia and other mental illnesses—until now. Next week, the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill opens the first free-standing perinatal psychiatry unit in the country.

Blood Clots Pose Threat to All of Us
Fox Business
Even considering these risk factors, experts say it’s not cost effective or totally prudent to perform widespread genetic testing. Consider the pathway of an alternate course, says Dr. Stephan Moll, associate professor in the department of medicine, division of hematology-oncology, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and Medical Director of Clot Connect.

Jess Weiner’s Weight Struggle: “Loving My Body Almost Killed Me”
And “some heavier women avoid the doctor completely for fear they’ll be shamed about their body,” says Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program.

Word of drug shortage worries cancer patients seeking treatment
News 14 Carolina
"It's to a point now where whenever people think of a given treatment, they have to think in the back of their mind, 'Do we have the drug? Is this on shortage?'" said Dr. John Valgas, a doctor at the hospital's chemotherapy pharmacy.

UNC-Duke Study Finds Cellular Process Linked to Cancer
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
A team of researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke have taken a step forward in targeting diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's. Scientists studied parts of human cells called mitochondria, which produce a cell's energy. The study found a protein linked to cancer causes mitochondria to divide.

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