May 16 - 20

It seems to us ...(Editorial)
The Buffalo News (New York)
...It’s not a cure but the significance in the fight against AIDS cannot be understated. What’s being dubbed as a landmark finding that scientists say could help stem the global AIDS pandemic involves treating HIV patients with AIDS drugs. The result reportedly makes HIV patients much less infectious. World leaders in AIDS research have reacted optimistically to the $73 million study, conducted in nine countries and funded by the National Institutes of Health. It was led by Myron Cohen, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

When kids get cancer
The Chapel Hill News
...The exhibit, "I CANcer: a photo journey," grew out of a new support group at UNC Hospitals for teens who have survived cancer or rare blood disorders. It was started by recreational therapist/child life specialist Jessica Irven and Dr. Justin Yopp, a psychologist at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. The idea for the exhibit came from Irven's co-worker Stephanie Mazze, who had heard about a New York City hospital that gave teens cameras to document their experiences with major illness.

10 Most Popular Medical Schools
US News and World Report
Of the top 10 most popular medical schools, only one—the University of Washington School of Medicine—placed in the top 10 of U.S. News's rankings of medical school research programs. Only two—Washington and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill School of Medicine—of the most popular schools cracked the top 50 of that ranking.

Expert Suggests Strategies for HAI Prevention (Interview)
Infection Control Today
ICT spoke with David J. Weber, MD, MPH, of the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, to gain his perspectives on a number of important issues relating to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Treating HIV-infected people with antiretrovirals significantly reduces partner transmission
The St. Louis American
Men and women infected with HIV reduced the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners by taking oral antiretroviral medicines when their immune systems were relatively healthy, according to findings from a large-scale clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health… Led by study chair Myron Cohen, M.D., director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, HPTN 052 began in April 2005 and enrolled 1,763 couples, all at least 18 years of age.

UNC Health says Rex isn't for sale
News & Observer
"We are not interested in selling Rex," said UNC Health CEO Bill Roper, after the board meeting.

UNC will not sell Rex Hospital
The Herald Sun
"Pulling Rex out of the UNC Health Care System would not be in the interest of the things that we do as a part of our multi-faceted mission," Roper said. "It's something we worked very hard to build in an integrated way and we want to continue that way."

UNC Health Care Board Considers WakeMed Offer
...After the meeting, UNC Health Care head Bill Roper was unequivocal in his statements. In response to a reporter's question about whether he could see any positive benefit to selling Rex, Roper gave a clear, one word answer. No.  

Duke, UNC rank among top children’s hospitals (Blog)
The Triangle Business Journal
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center and North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC-Chapel Hill earned high marks nationally in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. ...UNC finished second in the Triangle with six specialty areas ranked nationally, including a No. 10 ranking in pulmonology, the only top 10 ranking for any hospital in the state.

N.C. Children's Hospital 10th best in pulmonology (Blog)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been ranked in six of 10 U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” categories. The hospital nabbed its second Top 10 ranking in pulmonology -- the only top 10 ranking achieved by any children’s hospital in North Carolina, according to a news release. N.C. Children’s Hospital ranked 10th in pulmonology, 37th in diabetes and endocrinology, 39th in gastroenterology, 42nd in orthopaedics, 43rd in cardiology and heart surgery, and 44th in neonatology, the release said.

Gifford's Brain Surgery Safe, but Not Risk-Free, Surgeons Say
"World News with Diane Sawyer" ABC News
..."Usually a CT scan is done, and a computer uses the normal opposite side to create an exact model as the missing side -- a mirror image," said Dr. Matthew Ewend, chairman of neurosurgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "The computer then builds a plate out of resins that fits the defect perfectly. "These are pretty good, and I doubt there are great advances to be made."

Another Month, Another Home (Blog)
The New York Times
...Moves can generate enormous stress, particularly when they’re prompted by medical emergencies, which typically require quick action. “The faster the decision needs to be made, the more you will need help,” said Dr. Philip Sloane, associate chairman of the family medicine department at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Hospital rivals go to the mat
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Already fierce rivals, the top bosses at WakeMed Health & Hospitals and the UNC Health Care System have intensified their animosity after WakeMed's unexpected, and hostile, bid to buy its Raleigh rival Rex Healthcare for $750 million. Selling Rex Healthcare would cause "a disabling blow" for UNC Health, crippling its ability to negotiate with insurers and fulfill its mission of providing medical care for all residents of the state, UNC Health CEO Bill Roper said.

Chinese reduce AIDS deaths
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
China has slashed AIDS mortality by nearly two-thirds since it began distributing free antiretroviral drugs in 2002, government scientists have said. ...China's success in such a short time ''is a testimony to the young mid-level scientists who convinced the leadership that this was the right thing to do,'' said Myron Cohen, an AIDS specialist from the University of North Carolina.

China Reports AIDS Mortality Is Cut by Two-Thirds
The New York Times
...China’s success in such a short time “is a testimony to the young midlevel scientists who convinced the leadership that this was the right thing to do,” said Dr. Myron Cohen, an AIDS specialist from the University of North Carolina who has lived in China and helped it battle the epidemic. A different report, released Wednesday by the International Labor Organization of the United Nations, criticized China’s health-care system, saying that people infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, were frequently turned away by hospitals. 

UNC doc heals self-image of attempted murder victim
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...Then she met UNC plastic surgeon Scott Hultman. "Dr. Hultman came into the room, and I was laying there, and he looked at me, and he said, 'I'm going to fix your face,'" Jones recalled. Hultman helped repair the cuts and used skin grafts to cover the burned skin on her neck and chest.

Licensed midwives could soon be in business across N.C.
The Triangle Business Journal
...The conservative estimate for the cost of a delivery at UNC Health Care is about $5,000, assuming there are no complications, according to the hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecological Department. If a mother requires a cesarean section or has other complications, the cost could run as high as $25,000, according to some estimates.

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