Oct. 17 - 21, 2011

UNC Researcher Helps New Cancer Network
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
UNC professor Nicholas Shaheen was recently named one of the five leading researchers in a new esophageal cancer network, BETRNet. “BETRNet is the Barret’s Esophagus Translational Research Network. What it’s meant to do is to promote research and understanding about how esophageal cancer occurs and better ways to identify and address it,” says Shaheen.

9 Serious Conditions That Mimic Heartburn
Fox News
...Angina, or chest pain caused by lack of blood flow to the heart, can feel a lot like heartburn. "The major key is if you're getting heartburn when you're doing strenuous or moderate activity," says Dr. Ryan Madanick, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, in Chapel Hill.

UNC cardiologist receives honor
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Cam Patterson, division chief of cardiology at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine has been named the recipient of the 2012 North America Vascular Biology Association Judah Folkman Award in vascular biology. The award recognizes outstanding contributions from vascular biologists who are at mid-career (within 15 years of their first faculty appointment).

Task Force Recommends Women Get Fewer Pap Tests
"World News with Diane Sawyer" ABC
...Instead of continuing to overtest, the task force said it would be better to reach out to those who have never been screened. "There are a number of women who have never been screened, and that remains a challenge," said Wanda Nicholson, one of the task force leaders and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Center. "We need to keep those women at the top of our priority list and brainstorm for interventions for better access."

Scanning for Sponges
The Triangle Business Journal
UNC Hospitals will use radio frequencies in an effort to keep medical sponges from being left in patients after surgery. The hospital system affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contracted with Bellevue, Wash.-based RF Surgical Systems Inc. to upfit all 39 operating rooms with radio frequency mats and wands to better detect if sponges used during surgery were left behind in a patient.

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