March 19 - 23, 2012

National News

Kids of Meth-Using Moms at Risk of Behavioral Woes

http://health.msn.com/health-topics/addiction/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100287840
HealthDay News
... Dr. James C. Garbutt, professor and medical director of the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Program at the University of North Carolina, said that "these data suggest that exposure to methamphetamine in utero might lead to behavioral problems in children, and this is something that needs to be noted and considered for future research."

The Annual Appointment Loses Some Relevance (Blog)
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/the-annual-appointment-loses-some-relevance/
The New York Times
...“I understand the strong relationship that has been formed with a woman’s doctors during what may be her annual visits,” said Dr. Wanda Nicholson, a member of the preventive services task force and associate professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ”But our recommendation addresses only cervical cancer screening. It’s not meant to alter or change women’s ability to access their clinicians to discuss other concerns.”

Opioids May Play Role in Cancer Growth
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/CancerPreventionAndTreatment/growing-evidence-cancer-opioid-link/story?id=15964497#.T2nQpfWiiZQ
"Good Morning America" ABC
...In the Carolina Breast Cancer Study of more than 2,039 women diagnosed between 1993 and 2001, women with invasive breast cancer who had one copy of the gene variant survived twice as long. Survival quadrupled for those with two copies of the gene variant, according to research led by Dr. Andrey V. Bortsov, an assistant professor of anesthesiology and his colleagues at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Scientists make pain-control breakthrough that could help fight depression and addiction
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/scientists-make-paincontrol-breakthrough-that-could-help-fight-depression-and-addiction-16134451.html?r=RSS
The Belfast Telegraph (Ireland)
..."Once we see the structure of the receptor, it becomes easier for us to develop drugs that target the receptor in ways that might be beneficial for medical therapy," said Professor Bryan Roth of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

For Moms with Postpartum Depression, the Nation’s First Inpatient Unit
http://healthland.time.com/2012/03/22/nations-first-postpartum-depression-inpatient-unit-for-new-moms/
Time Magazine
... Then last year, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) opened the nation’s first stand-alone inpatient psychiatry unit specifically for expectant or new mothers struggling with depression and anxiety. It’s not somewhere moms hope they’ll ever end up, but for those who need round-the-clock care, it’s a place where treatment focuses on the needs of both mother and baby.

State and Local News

Winner: Dr. Myron Cohen – Lifetime Achievement

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/print-edition/2012/03/23/lifetime-achievement---dr-myron-cohen.html
Triangle Business Journal
Dr. Myron Cohen doesn’t like to focus on a singular event or announcement. For him, it’s all about the journey. So it’s only appropriate that he be recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his journey of more than two decades. In 2011, Cohen and his team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced huge findings in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Winner: Dr. Norman Sharpless – Innovator/Researcher
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/print-edition/2012/03/23/winner-dr-norman-sharpless--.html
Triangle Business Journal
... In the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC-CH    , I oversee a basic science lab of researchers focused on understanding the relationship between cancer and aging. I also lead “translational research” (that is, moving basic science discoveries into human clinical care) for the cancer center. I founded a company called G-Zero Therapeutics where I help guide scientific development of our novel technologies to help patients with cancer.

Winner: Dr. Adam Zanation – Rising Star
http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/print-edition/2012/03/23/winner-dr-adam-zanation---rising-star.html
Triangle Business Journal
... I actively train the future generations of doctors to take the novel techniques at UNC to the community and their future hospitals.

Mild winter means early allergy misery in Raleigh
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/03/20/1944707/mild-winter-means-early-allergy.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
There were plenty of reasons to love this year’s “winter that wasn’t.” But now it’s payback time for those with allergies. ...“We’re seeing people with more nasal allergies,” agreed Dr. David Peden, a Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine & Microbiology/Immunology at the UNC School of Medicine.

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