Nov. 7 - 11, 2011

"Biofeedback" may help kids with urinary problems
Reuters (Wire Service)
...Dr. William Whitehead, who has used biofeedback (without the animations) in adults at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that animated types of biofeedback "are very useful in children and adolescents." In this new study, he told Reuters Health, the researchers "have really shown very clearly that this animated feedback can help children learn this response. Their attention span is more limited and their motivation is poorer (than in adults). I think animated biofeedback can help bridge that gap."

Fountain of youth?
"Nightly News with Brian Williams" NBC
Dr. Norman Sharpless, professor of genetic medicine in the UNC School of Medicine was interviewed in this story about research being done at the Mayo Clinic about aging. Dr. Sharpless said that the research done on mice could have major implications for humans.
Note: This interview was conducted from the Carolina News Studio.

More Than a Third of Teens Turning to Alcohol, Drugs: Study
HealthDay News
...Addiction expert Dr. J.C. Garbutt, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that "these data support the growing concern over the misuse of prescription opioids, with opioids now representing the second most commonly used substance among adolescents after marijuana."

The drugs they need (Editorial)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Last year, oncologists in Charlotte handled shortages of a particular chemotherapy drug with a very different prescription: gasoline. “There were a couple of people referred to us last year because they couldn’t be treated optimally in Charlotte,” said Dr. Thomas Shea, the interim chief of the division of hematology and oncology at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, and a leukemia and bone marrow transplant physician.

Study Debunks Operation to Prevent Strokes
The New York Times
...The surgery costs about $40,000, probably 10 times the price of a year’s worth of medicine to reduce the risk of stroke, according to Dr. William J. Powers, the lead author of the study and chairman of neurology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. But a successful operation would have been well worth the cost, Dr. Powers said, because it is even more expensive to take care of people who have suffered severe strokes.

New bypass surgery for stroke riskier than thought
HealthDay News
...Their study evaluated nearly 200 patients, about half of whom had carotid artery bypass surgery. In the 30 days after surgery, patients had a 14 percent risk of having a stroke, compared with a 2 percent risk among those treated medically, the study found. "We were trying to figure out a way of taking people who were at high risk of having stroke and prevent that from happening," said lead researcher Dr. William Powers, chairman of adult neurology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, at Chapel Hill.

NC at forefront of Alzheimer's research
WNCT-TV (CBS/Greenville)
...“We’re involved at virtually every level of diagnosis and treatment of the disease,” said Dr. Dan Kaufer, UNC Memory Disorders. “I think we're on the verge of a very radical transformation in how we diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s Disease.” Dr. Kaufer said they are making progress with possible vaccines and medications, “On the treatment front, we are involved in a number of clinical trials that are looking at a potential drug.”

Abortion foes want join N.C. case
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Seeking to intervene in the case are Dr. John Thorp, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at UNC-Chapel Hill who contends in a declaration that the requirements in the new law represent the standard of care in the field; Dr. Gregory J. Brannon, an obstetrician who says a woman can't be considered informed about abortion without being told "tissue to be removed is a separate, unique living human being who is genetically different from the mother"; and Dr. Martin J. McCaffrey, a UNC-CH professor of pediatrics who counsels women about high-risk pregnancies.

Cancer center, SAS team up
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Business software company SAS is teaming up with UNC-Chapel Hill's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop a new product designed to improve patient treatments. ...Data accumulated for the UNC Health Registry, a long-term patient study that aims to sign up 10,000 North Carolinians who agree to participate, also will be made available to SAS. "That will make it a very powerful resource for looking at epidemiological patterns," cancer center spokeswoman Ellen de Graffenreid said. The data can't be traced to an individual.

NBC-17 Investigates: Drug shortages and how they affect your healthcare
WNCN-TV (NBC/Raleigh)
Local hospitals say drug shortages have left them no other choice than having to ration life-saving medications. Some are even turning to the so-called gray market, or secondary distributors and wholesalers. “We are tracking 150 drugs right now that we are concerned about the supply situation,” UNC Health Care Clinical Pharmacist Dr. Maryann Oertel said.

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