July 11 - 15

Tackling cancer with new tech
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
North Carolina's length, breadth and socioeconomic diversity creates challenges for promoting the healthy behaviors necessary to minimize cancer risk and ensure the best possible quality of life. ...This is the focus of five projects funded under the second round of Health-e- NC (Health for Everyone in North Carolina) grants program. The program provides pilot funding in support of the University Cancer Research Fund's strategic goal of optimizing cancer outcomes in North Carolina.

UNC Hospitals Receives $10 Million Preparedness Grant
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
North Carolina has received a $9.9 million dollar grant for disaster preparedness. That money will be allocated to fund UNC Hospitals and various other health care systems to help deal with and better prepare for emergencies. In the past, UNC Hospitals has used the grant money to increase its evacuation capacity and for pandemic flu preparedness.

Merck collaborates with academics on HIV research
The Associated Press
...A team of academics led by professors at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill campus and assisted by Merck will research ways to purge HIV infections from the body. Another team of academics centered at the University of California San Francisco will research HIV reservoirs, areas where the virus may lie dormant.

A boost for HIV-AIDS research (Blog)
The Washington Post
A group of three collaborating labs will receive $70 million toward researching a cure to HIV/AIDS. The funding will be doled out over five years to teams at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and the University of California, San Francisco working with the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida. The two universities are members of the Martin Delaney Collaboratory, a partnership between university and corporate labs to research a cure for HIV/AIDS.
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Can Smoking Protect Your Joints?
The Huffington Post
...Leigh Callahan, Ph.D., an arthritis researcher and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the findings are likely to spur scientists to explore the relationship between smoking and arthritis more closely. The study "makes you want to understand the mechanism underlying the association," she says.

Bone Loss Prevention Experiment On the Last Space Shuttle Flight

Science Daily
Researchers in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering will be at the Kennedy Space Center for the last space shuttle launch of the NASA program as Atlantis departs for its final mission into Earth's orbit.

Lab notes: Mice in Space

Med Page Today
… the experiment may have relevance for terrestrial patients too, as a researcher from the University of North Carolina explains in the accompanying video interview.

Bone loss prevention experiment aboard Atlantis

The package was the 23rd most viewed video on MSNBC.com Tuesday with a total of 29,395 streams.

UNC researchers will seek AIDS cure
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A national consortium of researchers led by a team at UNC-Chapel Hill has won a major federal grant aimed at curing AIDS. The group was awarded $32 million over five years to seek ways to cure HIV patients by eradicating hidden reservoirs in the immune systems of patients taking anti-retroviral drugs. It's part of the first major funding initiative aimed at eliminating HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from the cells and tissues of patients, said Dr. David Margolis, a professor in UNC's School of Medicine and its Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is the principal investigator for the group, which includes researchers from nine other universities.
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Woman injured in Virginia bus crash treated at UNC
Four people were killed and 50 injured in a tour bus crash on Interstate 95 in Virginia on May 31. One of those injured in the crash, Geeta Chhetri, is undergoing spinal cord injury rehabilitation at UNC Hospitals.

Once politically taboo, proposals to shift more Medicare costs to elderly are gaining traction
The Los Angeles Times
The heated debate over the federal deficit has pumped new life into controversial proposals for requiring Americans on Medicare to pay more for their healthcare, raising the possibility that seniors' medical bills could jump hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. ..."What many people may not realize is that the Medicare benefit package is not actually very generous," said Jonathan Oberlander, a University of North Carolina health policy professor who has written extensively about the program's history.

As state aid wanes, charity care spirals at UNC Hospitals
The Triangle Business Journal
Even as North Carolina’s public hospital system receives less state funding, its uncompensated care costs continue to rise – creating a road map to higher costs for patients who pay and their insurers, hospital layoffs and service cuts. UNC Heath Care, which manages UNC Hospitals , has seen its uncompensated care costs increase by 36 percent since 2008, from $257 million that year to a projected $350 in the fiscal year that began July 1.

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