Feb. 28 - March 4

Connie Summers: Is your young child talking quickly enough? How to tell (Column)
The El Paso Times (Texas)
...If your child is not yet using words, pay attention to the gestures he or she uses. Recently, Dr. Elizabeth R. Crais and her colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill emphasized the importance of symbolic gestures in the process of developing language. For example, a child might shake his or her head before using the word "no," or point to an object before saying a word. Gestures are an important step in the development of language.

Risky fetal surgery paid off big for Wake girl
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...As a result, the procedure may soon be more widely available, including at UNC Hospitals. "It's a very big deal," said Dr. Nancy Chescheir, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who was among the first to begin performing the procedure in 2000. Chescheir was a member of the surgical team that operated on Anna Williamson. The youngster's parents, Jason and Susan Williamson, elected to undergo the fetal surgery when it was still radical.

Childhood mental illness
The Chicago Tribune
Join us at noon CT (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, March 1, for an hour-long web chat on children and mental illness hosted by Chicago Tribune health reporter Deborah L. Shelton and panelists Dr. Bennett Leventhal and Dr. Lynn Wegner. ...Dr. Lynn Wegner is an associate professor of pediatrics, developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health.

Rally planned to protest arrest of longtime N.C. midwife
The Charlotte Observer
...Nurse midwives, although licensed in North Carolina, get most of their training in hospitals and can't oversee home births without a doctor's OK. "It's very rare that there's an OB/GYN who's going to agree to be the supervising physician for a midwife who's doing home births," said Nancy Mathias, a nurse midwife who teaches in the midwifery program at UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC Hospital Needs Blood Donations
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
As blood donations to the Red Cross seem to be getting a bit anemic, the UNC Hospital Blood Donation Center is finding itself in a vulnerable position. “The Red Cross, the collections are down.  Most players in the blood industry are seeing a decrease in donation mostly due to lack of blood drives and some blood types are critical, for example our O- red cell inventory is critically low due to lack of donors.” That’s UNC Blood Donation Center supervisor Tom Neish.

Sanford teen survives ATV wreck
“He basically hit the hospital door here and we took him right up to the operating room because we knew his injuries were severe enough,” UNC pediatric surgeon Dr. Patty Lange said. Lange said Godfrey suffered lacerations to his liver, kidneys and spleen. “He stayed up here in Chapel Hill for 28 days, and 20 of that was spent in ICU,” Tonia Godfrey said.

Air-Pollution Expert Explains How to Take Care of Your Lungs During Ozone Season
Health News Digest
But ozone molecules, composed of three oxygen atoms, can trigger breathing problems when they form near the ground, said David Peden, MD, director of the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology at the UNC School of Medicine.

Nobel laureate Oliver Smithies uses winnings to fund symposia
Daily Tar Heel
“I wanted to give money to each of the universities that have been important in my life,” said Smithies, who began teaching at UNC 20 years ago after arriving with his wife, Nobuyo Maeda. They are both distinguished professors of pathology and lab medicine in the School of Medicine.

Liquidia wins the backing of Gates
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A Durham company developing vaccines using nanotechnology developed by renowned chemist Joseph DeSimone will announce today that it has attracted a $10 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. ...The company's backers are betting on the prospects of the nanotechnology developed by DeSimone, a professor at UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. DeSimone won the 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lemelson Prize, known as "the Oscar for inventors," and another prestigious award in 2009 from the National Institutes of Health.

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