Oct. 3 - 7, 2011

When the Nurse Wants to Be Called ‘Doctor’
The New York Times
... “Everyone’s talking about improving patients’ access to care, bending the cost curve and creating team-based care,” said Erin Fraher, an assistant professor of surgery and family medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. “Where’s the evidence that moving to doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and nursing achieves any of these?”

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Still A Hard Fight For African-American Women
The Huffington Post
... Opting for treatment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, nearly two hours away from her home, Wilson began another series of tests, including one for a genetic mutation knowns as BRCA1, which can significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.

In-patient clinic for post-partum depression unique in U.S.
WTVB (Boise, Iowa)
... "They're not able to get through their activities of daily living. They are often having thoughts of wanting to die or having active thoughts of hurting themselves or thoughts of hurting the baby," said Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The UNC program is one of a kind in this country -- but was based on models used in Europe and Australia.

UNC Hospitals, Rex named among top hospitals for women
Triangle Business Journal
UNC Hospitals and Rex Healthcare are the area’s top hospitals for women, according to WomenCertified, an organization that bills itself as the voice of female consumers. The Hollywood, Fla.-based group released a Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience list. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospital and Rex, which is wholly owned by UNC Health Care, were the only two from the Triangle to make the list.

10 things to know about breast cancer
The Charlotte Observer
1 A lot of people talk about preventing breast cancer, but the correct term is risk reduction. "We don't really know how to prevent breast cancer. We know how to reduce people's risks," said Judith Swasey, a nurse practitioner at UNC Chapel Hill's cancer hospital. The basics: Don't smoke, exercise a lot, watch your diet, annual screenings.

Pink truck to join the blue
The Chapel Hill News
Two gleaming fire trucks - one pink, one blue - will greet football goers Saturday when the Tar Heels take on the Louisville Cardinals at Kenan Stadium. The "Pink Heals" pink fire truck will join one of Chapel Hill's Carolina blue fire trucks outside gate 3 at 10 a.m. Chapel Hill firefighters will operate a boot drive, inviting people to drop money into firefighters' boots for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Who's Who: Shannon Carson Translates Clinical Questions into Improved Outcomes
ATS News
“In the end, I decided to move away from basic science and toward studying outcomes because it kept me closer to clinical medicine,” said Dr. Carson, who now serves as associate professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina.

Pie in the sky: Hospital food fight a reward for job well done
Health Care Communication News
Your hospital's food services team reaches a goal that is very important to your organization, and you want to reward them. But how? The Nutrition and Food Services (NFS) team at UNC Health Care came up with a way of doing it that was, well, a little messy.

Gene Therapists Celebrate a Decade of Progress
Science Magazine
To be sure, enthusiasm is not what it was 20 years ago when NIH last held a similar symposium. That event attracted nearly twice as many speakers and attendees (21 speakers and about 400 registrants came this time), noted R. Jude Samulski of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, president of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), a meeting co-sponsor.

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