March 12 - 16, 2012

International News

Seeking the roots of a U.S. soldier's shooting rampage

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-afghanistan-soldier-healthbre82c01l-20120312,0,2947847.story
Reuters (Wire Service)
...In particular, PTSD is marked by "sleep problems, irritability, difficulty concentrating, jumpiness, and feeling constantly 'on guard,'" noted Eric Elbogen, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and colleagues in a 2010 paper. Those symptoms, in turn, "are associated with anger and hostility in soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan," they concluded from interviews with 676 veterans.

National News

Particle Technology Delivers Medicines and Vaccines
http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2012/03/09/particle-technology-delivers-medicines-and-vaccines
U.S. News & World Report
When Joseph DeSimone met Bill Gates about 18 months ago at a conference in California, he knew he had about ten seconds to engage him. So he told him, right away, how his new company was using computer industry manufacturing techniques to develop innovative vaccines and medicines. “Obviously, he knew something about the computer industry, and he knew something about vaccines,” says DeSimone, a professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. “That ten-second hello turned into a 30-minute conversation.”

2013 Grad School Rankings
http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools
U.S. News & World Report
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2012 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill appears on multiple lists of schools, degree programs and specialty areas newly ranked in 2012 by U.S. News and World Report for the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

New Guidelines Advise Less Frequent Pap Smears (Blog)
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/new-guidelines-advise-less-frequent-pap-smears/
The New York Times
The annual Pap smear, a cornerstone of women’s health for at least 60 years, is now officially a thing of the past, as new national guidelines recommend cervical cancer screening no more often than every three years. ...“We achieve essentially the same effectiveness in the reduction of cancer deaths, but we reduce potential harm of false positive tests,” said Dr. Wanda Nicholson, a task force member and an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “It’s a win-win for women.”

Most Women Need Pap Test Only Every 3 Years: U.S. Panel
http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay662782_20120314_Most_Women_Need_Pap_Test_Only_Every_3_Years__U_S__Panel.html
HealthDay News
..."The most important point we want to make is that the highest-risk women are those who have never been screened or haven't been screened in over five years," said Dr. Wanda Nicholson, one of the lead authors of the guidelines and associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

New Pap smear guidelines advise less frequent tests
http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2012/03/14/new-pap-smear-guidelines-advise-less-frequent-tests/tdm0lBo6bPoAojs2yohr9J/story.html
The Boston Globe
Leading medical groups recommended new guidelines for cervical cancer screening Wednesday, advising against annual Pap smears in favor of screening every three to five years for most women ages 21 to 65. ...“Screening every three years is equally effective at finding cancers as annual screening, but it may be safer since it results in fewer false positive tests and fewer unnecessary treatments that could be harmful,’’ said Dr. Wanda Nicholson, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, who served on the committee that wrote the task force’s recommendations.

New cervical cancer screening guidelines say no Pap tests for women under 21
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57397609-10391704/new-cervical-cancer-screening-guidelines-say-no-pap-tests-for-women-under-21/?tag=mncol;lst;8
CBS News
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new cervical cancer screening guidelines today that recommend women ages 21 to 65 get a pap smear test every 3 years. ..."It is as effective in reducing cancer deaths as annual screening but we have substantially less false positive tests," task force member Dr. Wanda Nicholson, associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine, told CBS News.

New guideline says women no longer need annual pap smear
http://www.ksn.com/content/news/health/story/New-guideline-says-women-no-longer-need-annual/VqG2MW_ryUGSfY-8Aftojg.cspx
NBC News Channel
...That's why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued new guidelines extending the time between pap tests. "We're recommending that women ages 21 to 65 undergo screening every three years, and not for shorter intervals," says Dr. Wanda Nicholson. The guidelines also recommend women under age 21 and women over 65 with a clean pap smear history not be tested at all. (Dr. Nicholson is an associate professor of gynecology and obstetrics in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.)

State and Local News

A big break (Editorial)
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/11/1919373/a-big-break.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
If they offered cheers akin to those in the Dean Dome whenever scientists make a breakthrough at UNC-Chapel Hill, medical researchers now would be getting a standing-O. It seems that UNC-CH scientists, led by Dr. David Margolis, professor of medicine, have found that giving patients a drug usually used for treating some kinds of cancer may cause dormant HIV viruses hiding in people's systems to reveal their presence. That's big because doctors can attack the viruses if they know where they are. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

Triangle Alzheimer’s experts hope cancer drug helps
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/13/1929038/triangle-alzheimers-experts-see.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
New research released today focuses on potential use of a cancer drug in reducing tangles in the brain and improving cognition among people with Alzheimer’s, in a glimmer of hope for dementia patients and families. ...Dr. Murali Doraiswamy of Duke University Medical Center and Dr. Dan Kaufer of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill commented on an article published Tuesday in The Journal of Neuroscience.

Lawmakers scrutinize UNC Health Care board (Under the Dome)
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/16/1934733/dome-lawmakers-scrutinize-unc.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A Republican state lawmaker is considering legislation to reconfigure the leadership at UNC Health Care. Asheville Rep. Tim Moffitt, a management consultant, suggested at a legislative meeting Thursday that the 20-member board of the health care system is too stacked in UNC’s favor and doesn’t allow for divergent viewpoints.

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