Feb. 13 - 17, 2012

MDs Go For MBAs To Learn Business Of Medicine
http://news.investors.com/Article/600792/201202101713/physicians-enrolling-in-mba-programs.htm
Investors Business Daily
Spiraling costs, patient backlogs and other health care managing issues are stirring some overachieving physicians to take action. Many are returning to school to get their MBAs in hopes of better understanding the business of health care. The medical school at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is even now offering its medical students the option of a dual MD/MBA degree with the university's UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Hospitals collect infection data under new law
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/02/11/1846054/hospitals-probe-infection-data.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...It will take months of working with academic experts, the state hospital association, doctors, patient advocates, members of the public and others to develop proper formats. "Our goal is to do this in a way that's helpful to the public and understandable," said Dr. Zack Moore, medical director for the state's program to prevent health care-associated infections. ...Also, he said, the state hospital association has been helping its members do that, and the UNC-Chapel Hill-based Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology has been effective in reducing the infections.

'Silent disease' symptoms subtle
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/02/11/3002712/silent-disease-symptoms-subtle.html
The Charlotte Observer
Pancreatic cancer is called a "silent disease" because symptoms aren't usually apparent until the disease is advanced. ...Clinical trials that offer experimental treatments are "fairly limited," said Dr. Hong Jin Kim, a pancreatic surgeon at UNC Chapel Hill. He and colleagues are looking for ways to improve patients' response to chemotherapy.

Doctor: We Have To Make Sure We Use Technology Right

http://www.digtriad.com/news/article/214239/57/Does-More-Technology-Mean-Distracted-Doctors
WFMY-TV (CBS/Greensboro)
...News 2 asked Dr. Tim Carey, Director of the Sheps Center for Health Service Research at UNC Chapel Hill, whether he thinks all of the new technology helps or hurts patient care. "It's possible with all the buzzing and bonging and dinging that can go off when I'm getting these alerts and prompts and reminders, that they may not actually improve patient care if we don't do it right," said Carey.

Biggest Arthritis Myths Busted
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/top-arthritis-myths/story?id=15510663#2
"Good Morning America" ABC
...Another common myth is that nightshade vegetables, which include potatoes, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes, can exacerbate arthritis symptoms. ..."It's hard to study this relationship, but even though we don't know for sure, it doesn't look like clear evidence that these foods can make symptoms worse," said Dr. Joanne Jordan, director of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine's Thurston Arthritis Research Center in Chapel Hill.

Lab mouse library making itself heard
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/02/16/Lab-mouse-library-making-itself-heard/UPI-76941329421770/?spt=hs&or=sn
United Press International
U.S. researchers say a scientific mouse genetics library called the Collaborative Cross is providing resources that will help speed health discoveries. A common complaint about using animal models in scientific study is that some research doesn't carry over when applied to humans, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena of the University of North Carolina Department of Genetics and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center said Thursday.

Game changer in understanding autism
http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2012/02/17/exp-early-dr-joseph-piven.cnn#/video/bestoftv/2012/02/17/exp-early-dr-joseph-piven.cnn
"Early Start" CNN
Dr. Joseph Piven, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics and the director for the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities was interviewed about new research showing potential signs of autism in infants as young as 6 months.

Woman claims doctor secretly sterilized her
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/abc11_investigates&id=8546202
WTVD-TV (ABC/Raleigh)
...That a doctor could take it upon himself to secretly prevent a woman from having more children is not surprising to Dr. Eric Juengst with the UNC Center for Biomedical Ethics. "This sort of surreptitious sterilization or implantation of contraceptives was done," he explained.

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