…“It was the idea that their child was walking around, and they couldn’t ensure it was having a great life,” says lead author Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, an ob-gyn and associate director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “If they couldn’t raise that child, many felt that the responsible choice was to make sure they didn’t become children in someone else’s life. One woman told me, ‘I’d rather have them destroyed than born.’ ”
Wall Street Journal
The Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) has elected Marschall S. Runge, M.D., Ph.D., as a new member, effective September 1, 2013. Dr. Runge, 59, is the Executive Dean for the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). As a member of Lilly's board, Dr. Runge will serve on the Science and Technology Committee and the Public Policy and Compliance Committee.
A group of enzymes in the brain appears to be key to the activity of many genes linked to autism, a new study reveals. Experts hope the findings will shed light on the causes of autism, and possibly lead to new treatments. The study results, published online Aug. 28 in the journal Nature, hint that if disruptions in enzymes called topoisomerases occur during brain development, they might contribute to the development of autism spectrum disorders. The enzymes are found throughout the body, and their main job is to "untangle the knots" in cells' DNA so the cells can function and reproduce themselves normally, explained senior researcher Mark Zylka, an associate professor of cell biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Triangle Business Journal
This week, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill to increase hospital pricing transparency. Supporters and detractors mostly gave high level, pontificating responses, but one health care leader took a more nuanced analysis.
Grayson Clamp has lived in a silent world for three years, after he was born without hearing nerves in both ears. But after recent surgery at UNC, 3-year-old Grayson can now hear a dog barking. He can listen to his little brother beat a drum. He can hear the encouraging voices of his mother and father. Friday morning, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan took a tour of UNC School of Medicine’s CASTLE in Durham, also known as the Carolyn J. Brown Center for the Acquisition of Spoken Language Through Listening Enrichment.
Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless has been appointed director of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center effective Jan. 1. Sharpless succeeds Dr. H. Shelton “Shelley” Earp, who will continue as director of UNC Cancer Care, a role in which he coordinates cancer care and research across the School of Medicine, the University and UNC Health Care System.
A long-term scientific study in Johnston County is continuing to pay off. The National Institutes of Health recently awarded $5.6 million to UNC-Chapel Hill’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center for multiple projects, including another study using the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project.
The Henderson County Board of Commissioners authorized Pardee Hospital to form a stronger relationship with management partner UNC Health Care that board members said best positions the county hospital for dramatic and unpredictable changes in the business of health care.
Research on a key group of enzymes has led scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine to discover a potential cause for autism spectrum disorder. Their study, published Wednesday in the journal Nature, focuses on how a chemical that is commonly used in chemotherapy drugs damages enzymes called topoisomerases. They found that the impaired enzymes significantly interfered with neurological development.
Pamela Mayer-Davis, professor of nutrition at Gillings School of Global Public Health and of medicine at the School of Medicine, is interviewed on UNC-TV regarding healthy nutrition for school children and her work on Type 1 (formerly "juvenile") diabetes.
Triangle Business Journal
UNC Health Care officially extended its management agreement at Pardee Hospital on Thursday, when the Henderson County Board of Commissioners in western North Carolina unanimously voted to extend the deal to 25 years.
Thursday, the Henderson County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to finalize a new Management Agreement between Pardee Hospital and UNC Health Care System (UNCHCS). The Pardee Board of Directors also voted to similarly approve that same agreement strengthening the partnership between the two health care organizations. The finalization of these agreements comes after an April 25, 2013 announcement setting the foundation for a revised Management Agreement between Pardee, UNCHCS and Henderson County.