Nov. 5 - 9, 2012

Care shortages (Letter to the Editor)
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/06/2466208/craig-b-mitchell-care-shortages.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
In his Oct. 31 Point of View article (“Healthy benefits if Obamacare survives”), Jonathan Oberlander of UNC-Chapel Hill gave us a pie in the sky overview of the top-down, fully bureaucratized system of health care known as "Obamacare." (Craig B. Mitchell, Raleigh)

Head-to-head trial of two diabetes drugs yields mixed results
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/20734344/article-Head-to-head-trial-of-two-diabetes-drugs-yields-mixed-results?instance=search_results
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
A direct, head-to-head comparison of two of the newer treatments available for type 2 diabetes yielded mixed results. ...“Both of these agents are very exciting diabetes products and really good blood sugar-lowering drugs,” said John B. Buse, MD, PhD, first author of the study, division chief of endocrinology and metabolism in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, director of the UNC Diabetes Care Center and a PI Extender of the UNC NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).

High Blood Pressure In Young Adults More Likely To Go Undiagnosed Than Older Adults: Study
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/08/young-adults-high-blood-pressure-undiagnosed_n_2083327.html
The Huffington Post
...Last year, an Epidemiology study from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill researchers found that high blood pressure affects nearly 20 percent of young adults, between ages 24 and 32, USA Today reported. "We were surprised by the figure," Kathleen Mullan Harris, the researcher of that study and a professor of sociology at UNC, told USA Today.

Tastier, healthier hospital food winning over patients and visitors
http://www.wral.com/tastier-healthier-hospital-food-winning-over-patients-and-visitors/11753770/
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Hospital food has had a bad rap - most of it earned. But many hospitals are trying to turn that reputation around with more restaurant-quality food. At UNC Hospitals, chefs are providing more tasty and healthy options for visitors and patients. The word “cafeteria” isn't heard around UNC Hospitals anymore. Their new menus offer customers and patients a variety of different restaurant concepts.

Some doctors find switch to electronic medical records painful
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/03/2457379/some-doctors-find-switch-to-electronic.html
News & Observer
All three major health care systems in the Triangle – Duke University, UNC Health Care and WakeMed – are in the midst of a massive transition to electronic medical records that will connect doctors, hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and pathology labs on unified networks that doctors will be able to access from a home computer or smartphone.

GOP activists lead McCrory transition team
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/09/2470867/mccrory-holds-first-new-conference.html#storylink=cpy
News & Observer
Other members of the transition team McCrory singled out were longtime associate John Lassiter, president of Carolina Legal Staffing, who served on the Charlotte City Council with him; Tony Almeida, who was McCrory’s boss at Duke Energy and is now retired; Kelly Nicholson, a former adviser to Senate leader Phil Berger and a vice president at UNC Health Care; and former state Rep. Johnathan Rhyne Jr., who will serve as general counsel.

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