March 14 - 18

Career changers look to health
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine gives state residents a financial edge. Tuition is $13,632 for state residents; out-of-staters pay three times that amount. For the class entering this past September, UNC-CH accepted seven students among 34 applicants age 30 plus for a 198-person class. While medical schools accept a small number of students from the 30-plus set, nursing and other health care specialties are active suitors of older students.

America’s Best Graduate Schools 2012
U.S. News & World Report
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on more than 20 lists of schools, programs and specialty areas newly ranked for 2011 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

Metformin Still Best First-Line Type 2 Diabetes Drug
HealthDay News
...There are 11 classes of diabetes medications that are approved to treat high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes in the United States. Nine of these classes of medications have been available since 1995, according to background information in the study, which was led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, along with researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

U.S. News ranks UNC, Duke among top 5 medical schools
The Triangle Business Journal
The Triangle can continue to boast of its highly ranked graduate schools – especially those that teach medicine. UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University placed among the top five on separate U.S. News & World Report 2012 medical school lists released Tuesday.

Duke, UNC share in $10M grant to fight infections (Blog)
The Triangle Business Journal
Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill are among six universities that will share a $10 million research grant aimed at cleaning up infections in health care settings. The grant is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

UNC finds surprising jump in tongue cancer in young white women
The Triangle Business Journal
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have found increasing incidents of tongue cancer in young white females. The researchers have not nailed down a precise cause for the increase but speculate that increased marijuana use or viral infections could play a role, said Dr. Bhisham Chera.

Nortin Hadler on How to Win the Healthcare Lottery Without Buying a Ticket
Health Beat
Below an excerpt from an essay by Dr. Nortin Hadlerprofessor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an attending rheumatologist at University of North Carolina Hospitals. He is the author of "Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America," "The Last Well Person," and “Stabbed in the Back.”

Pair of Tar Heel receivers to miss spring practice
NBC Sports
Adams, the release read, was diagnosed in January with ANCA Vasculitis, an auto-immune disorder that affects his kidneys. He is currently being treated by UNC Hospitals’ Chief of Nephrology Dr. Ronald Falk, and UNC Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Mario Ciocca. It’s also unclear whether he’ll be available for the summer camp as his playing status for next fall will be updated later this summer.

UNC Hospitals prepares for big budget cuts
The Daily Tar Heel
As UNC Hospitals prepares for upcoming state budget cuts, increased Medicaid reimbursements might more than make up for them.

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