Oct. 10 - 14, 2011

Scientists spot new clues to HIV-linked dementia
HealthDay News
Researchers have identified two genetically distinct types of HIV in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of patients with HIV-associated dementia. ...The study, which appears in the Oct. 6 issue of the journal PLoS Pathogens, was led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Marks receives appointment
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Lawrence Marks, chairman of the UNC Department of Radiation Oncology, has been appointed the Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research at UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’s Kash honored
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Thomas Kash, an assistant professor in the department of pharmacology and UNC’s Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This is the highest honor given by the United States government to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

Surviving a hospital stay
The Charlotte Observer
Joe and Teresa Graedon give lots of health care advice in their syndicated column, "The People's Pharmacy," and on their National Public Radio show by the same name. ...Dr. Nortin Hadler, a UNC Chapel Hill rheumatologist and an oft-quoted critic of the U.S. health care system, wrote a blurb for the cover of the Graedons' book, but his praise is qualified.

Songs from the mouths of babes
The Chapel Hill News
...Putting names and faces on a syndrome that has killed and debilitated so many is powerful, said Irving Hoffman, associate professor of infectious disease at UNC Medical School and international director of Project-Malawi, a research, care and training program created to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Woody Durham tribute to benefit N.C. Cancer Hospital
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
A tribute to Woody Durham will be held at the Carolina Inn at 6:30 Thursday, Oct. 13, to benefit the N.C. Cancer Hospital. “A Toast to Woody” will be emceed by former UNC basketball center Eric Montross and UNC Associate Athletic Director Rick Steinbacher. Durham, known as “the voice of the Tar Heels,” was North Carolina’s play-by-play radio announcer for 40 years before retiring in May. Montross worked as the color commentator with Durham on basketball games and Steinbacher provided the analysis for football games.

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