March 28 - April 1

The secret life of kids online: What you need to know
A new report from the AAP clues parents into what their kids are really doing online. Good news: It's not all bad! ..."The digital world is an evolving landscape that parents have to learn to navigate," says Kathleen Clarke-Pearson, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill and coauthor of the report.

Manning Drive closings (Letter to the Editor)
The Chapel Hill News
Manning Drive is the front door of UNC Hospitals and an important access to campus. As of March 18, Manning Drive between South Columbia Street and West Drive will be closed to through traffic on the weekends to complete the construction of the Dental School pedestrian bridge over Manning Drive. (Linda Convissor, Director of local relations, UNC)

An Older Generation Falls Prey to Eating Disorders (Blog)
The New York Times
...Cynthia M. Bulik, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, says that though it was initially aimed at adolescents, since 2003 half of its patients have been adults. “We’re hearing from women, no matter how old they are, that they still have to achieve this societal ideal of thinness and perfection,” she said. “Even in their 50s and 60s — and, believe it or not, beyond — women are engaging in extreme weight- and shape-control behaviors.”

Fuquay-Varina's Mitchell makes his best pitch
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Complicating Mitchell's problem was that his tumor was in a particularly difficult place to reach. His neurosurgeon at the University of North Carolina, Matthew Ewend, who is director of Neuro-Oncology at UNC, didn't want to proceed with the surgery until assembling a team that included Craig Buchman, UNC's chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery.

FDA Allows De Facto Generic of Pricey Preemie Drug Makena
ABC News
..."I am hopeful that this statement will give small compounding pharmacies the confidence that they are legally on safe ground to compound and distribute [this drug]. Obstetricians will have the option to prescribe an affordable product. It is important to have this competitive force in the market. I am very encouraged by this news," says Dr. M. Kathryn Menard, director of the Center for Maternal and Infant Health at University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Oral cancer on the rise in young women
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Research shows that cases of oral cancer are on the rise for young women, even among those without the risk factors of tobacco and alcohol use, according to a study by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill oncologist. ...Dr. Bhisham Chera, a radiation oncologist at UNC, has been studying the growing trend of young women with oral cancer.

Lead Levels in Blood Linked to OA
Arthritis Today
In a new study, published in the March 2011 issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy, scientists from the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed nearly 1,700 rural North Carolinians with and without OA.

Q&A With Dr. James Jenson on ADD
WPTF NewsRadio680
James Jenson, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist, spoke to the station on Wednesday.

Local brain surgery patient to catch first pitch Saturday at UNC baseball game
Star News Online (Wilmington)
Regular readers will recall the story of Zion Kinlaw, a local 10-year-old who underwent brain surgery last year in Chapel Hill. His subsequent relationship with the UNC Tar Heels baseball team became an inspiration to Zion, his family and the Tar Heels. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Zion will catch the first pitch before the UNC  baseball game at Boshamer Stadium. At 11:30 a.m. he will present a check to his pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Victor Perry for the UNC Pediatric Neurosurgery unit.

Experts work to measure effects of Japanese radiation
The Daily Tar Heel
“What happened in Japan could happen elsewhere. In theory, the catastrophic loss of coolant could happen at any nuclear power plant if the right factors were present,” said Dalton Sawyer, emergency preparedness coordinator for UNC Health Care.

U.S. News names Duke best Triangle hospital
Triangle Business Journal
UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill ranked second in the metro area and also earned a “Best Hospital Badge.” The only other metro hospital in the state to earn such a badge was Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

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