March 7 - 11

The Puzzle of Chronic Fatigue
The Wall Street Journal
...Nortin M. Hadler, a rheumatologist at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, says the fact that there is no diagnostic test for the syndrome can contribute to the way patients cope. Many patients feel like they must prove they have a disease to feel validated, he says. As a result, "they get sicker and sicker."

Liquidia gets $10M for vaccine work
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Morrisville-based Liquidia Technologies received a $10 million equity investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a company announcement made Friday. ...Michael Parks, a spokesman for Liquidia, said the company was founded by Joe DeSimone, a chemistry professor at UNC Chapel Hill, based around the development of the company's proprietary PRINT technology.

How does memory work?
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Dr. William Snider, director of the Neuroscience Center at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, explains how memory works and why some people are better at remembering things than others. Questions and answers have been edited.

Aetna's fee fight adds to cancer patient's stress
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The last thing Jean Holstein needed as she faced eye surgery and ongoing chemotherapy for breast cancer was a battle with her insurance company. But Holstein, along with thousands of others in the Triangle and beyond, was covered by Aetna, which UNC Health Care and its physicians stopped accepting last month because of a fee dispute.

Hospital to bring jobs, revenue
The Chapel Hill News
Construction begins this year on a new UNC hospital that will bring jobs and boost the economy, but so far, no other business has committed to move into the Waterstone development.

Oliver Smithies Symposium Begins Tuesday
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics at Yale University, Dr. Thomas A. Seitz, will be the inaugural speaker at the Oliver Smithies Symposium Tuesday. Oliver Smithies is a Nobel Lauriat and Weatherspoon Distinguished Professor at UNC. He was inspired to put together this series of lectures by his time at Oxford University. As a student Smithies sat in on a lecture by visiting chemist and Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling.

Takes two to fight (Letter to the Editor)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The March 5 headline "Aetna's fight adds to cancer patient's stress" seems to blame Aetna, but it sounds like UNC Health Care is the one that declined the patient's insurance. Maybe the headline should have been "UNC's fee fight adds to cancer patient's stress." Or perhaps it could have been neutral, as in "Aetna-UNC fee fight adds to patient stress." (Robert Ligett, Chapel Hill)

Oral tongue cancer up in young white women
United Press International
...Lead author Dr. Bhisham Chera of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine said historically, oral tongue cancer has been strongly associated with heavy tobacco and alcohol use. Other epidemiological studies have shown that as smoking decreased, so did the incidence of oral tongue cancer, but oral tongue cancer has been increasing incidence in young whites, Chera said.

UNC professors share in lupus grant
The Triangle Business Journal
Two UNC-Chapel Hill professors will research lupus thanks to a $600,000 grant. Stephen H. Clarke will explore why lupus relapses in some patients and not in others, while Yisong Wan will examine a breakdown in the system that prevents the body from distinguishing its own tissues from outside invaders. Each researcher received a $300,000 grant as part of a $3.6 million investment by the Lupus Research Institute broken up in 12 research grants.

FDA Approves New Lupus Drug
Mary Ann Dooley talks via webcam with John Gever of medpageTODAY about the new drug.
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Protein molecule ramps up blood flow
“The premise of these trials is that these cells will supply the ischemic organ with new blood vessels and allow the damaged organ to function better,” says senior study author Arjun Deb,  assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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