Vital Signs - October 2, 2009

VIDEO: Treating pregnant women for mild gestational diabetes reduces serious birthing problems
"This study is important because it clearly indicates the value to mothers and their newborns of screening for and treatment of diabetes-like conditions provoked by pregnancy,” said John M. Thorp, MD, McAllister distinguished professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine and a co-author of the study.
UNC wins $8.6 million NIH award to establish a Center of Excellence to study underlying causes of psychiatric disorders
Autism, depression, anxiety. Antipsychotic drug side effects. What are the genetic and environmental factors that underlie and contribute to these complex problems? And how do genes and environment interact to shape them?
UNC expert: Better decision support tools needed for prostate cancer screening choice
Michael Pignone, M.D., M.P.H., reviews the pros and cons of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening in an editorial he wrote for the Sept. 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
UNC’s Carey to deliver December commencement address
Dr. Lisa Carey, associate professor of medicine and UNC Breast Center medical director, will deliver the December commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chancellor Holden Thorp has announced.
Save the Date: Landes-Merrimon Lecture and the John B. Graham Student Research Day
Mark your calendars for January 27, 2010.
Thoracic surgery directors' group renames Best Resident Paper Award to honor Wilcox
Benson Wilcox, MD, professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was president of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.
Turn the Towns Pink to Support Cancer Patients and Families
Businesses in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro will help Turn the Towns Pink in October as they partner with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for a month-long promotion to raise funds for the Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP) at the new N.C. Cancer Hospital. The observance kicks off on Friday, October 2 at the Carolina Inn’s “Fridays on the Front Porch.”
New policy statement on gender inclusive language
Please read this message from Etta Pisano on promoting and implementing the new policy.
Midwifery Division 10th Anniversary Celebration
The Midwifery Division, a part of the UNC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is celebrating 10 years of service at UNC next Thursday, Oct. 8.
Save the Date for the NC TraCS Institute Symposium: Translational Research to Address Health Disparities Across the Lifespan
The Symposium will be held on March 19, 2010. Register for free by Jan. 22. Space is limited!
UNC Kidney Center participating in $10.25M study
Researchers at the UNC Kidney Center are participating in a $10.25 million multi-center study led by the University of Michigan Health System. The project, known as the NEPhrotic Syndrome STUdy NEtwork, or NEPTUNE, will focus on some of the kidney diseases that most often cause the syndrome including Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), Minimal Change Disease, and Membranous Nephropathy, all of which affect the filters in the kidney.
Research 101 Workshop
The NC TraCS Community Engagement Core and The Carolina Community Network proudly co-sponsor a series of free workshops on research topics. The next workshop in the series is "Research 101."
Save the Date: Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lecture and Community Service Day
These events will take place on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.
Dr. Anthony Viera joins 'Here's to Your Health' to discuss high blood pressure
This weekend, Oct. 4-5, the Department of Family Medicine’s Dr. Anthony Viera joins Here's to Your Health to discuss high blood pressure. We hope you can tune in either Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Monday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on WCHL 1360AM.
Free N.C. Children's Promise license plates
The first 300 people to sign up for a free N.C. Children's Promise official DMV license plate (benefiting the N.C. Children's Hospital) within the next ten days will receive a free medium coffee from the Terrace Cafe.
Reminder: Weight Watchers at the N.C. Women's Hospital
“Weight Watchers at Work” at the N.C. Women's Hospital is available again! 12 weeks for $156 plus eight weeks of free E-tools.
VIDEO: Correct patient identification process
The Patient Identification Task Force recently created a video to emphasize the need to follow the correct patient identification process when providing care or services for a patient.
Visitor policy updated Oct. 5; No visitors age 12 and under
Due to the widespread outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus in the community, children aged 12 years and under will not be allowed to visit on the inpatient units of UNC Hospitals effective Oct. 5. UNC Hospitals joins a number of hospitals in the area and across the nation in taking this action due to the fact that we are now in a pandemic and the virus is widespread in the school-age population.
Flooring Repairs to close corridors Oct. 2-3
Plant Engineering will be repairing flooring in corridors on 4th Floor North Building near Transplant Services and Ground Floor APCF near the Corner Cafe on Oct. 2-3.
UNC football affects parking, transportation
A reminder that certain parking lots are reserved for UNC home football games. UNC’s next home game is Oct. 3 at noon against Virginia in Kenan Stadium.
Valet Service at N.C. Cancer Hospital
We have a new valet operation located at the Manning level of the NC Cancer Hospital. This area is really convenient for our NC Cancer Hospital Patients and visitors The cost of this valet service is the same cost of our other valet service, $10.00 cash per visit.
Employee Appointment Access Survey
A team has been chartered to determine ways in which UNC Health Care may better meet the needs of its employees and improve access to appointments in the outpatient clinics, and they need your help.
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week Nov. 16-19
The UNC Rehabilitation Center will be hosting the first Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. Activities begin Monday, Nov. 16 and will culminate on Friday, Nov. 20. The goal of Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is to help educate faculty, staff, case management, therapists and nurses regarding the resources available in UNC Health Care System, so that we better serve our spinal cord injured patients.
UNC Fall Blood Drive
The UNC Hospitals Fall Blood Drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross, will be Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The bus will be located on Medical Drive.
Cancers of the Urinary Tract Lecture
Attend a lecture on Monday, Oct. 12 and learn about signs, symptoms, and prevention of treatable diseases of the urinary tract.
Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Class
On Tuesday, Oct. 13, SAFE instructors will teach an introduction to self-defense class for women at the UNC Wellness Center from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Cholesterol Numbers: The Real Discussion
Join Dr. Phil Mendys, PharmD, on Friday, Oct. 16 to discuss the "numbers" behind the assessment of cardiovascular disease and risk assessment.
September 2009 Issue of Comfort Zone
This installment of The Comfort Zone includes information on Methadone, Nursing Audit Results, PCAs, Barriers to Pain Management, updates on CPOE orders, & the Pediatric Pain Fair.
Healthy Heels Health Fair
Healthy Heels will be sponsoring a health fair in the Women's Hospital Lobby on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 12 - 6 p.m.
21st Annual Walk For Hope Needs You
The Psychiatry and Pharmacy departments are forming teams to represent the Hospital in the 21st Annual Walk For Hope, which takes place on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Also, the Inaugural 10K Run for Hope will begin at 8 a.m. We need your help to make this year's Walk the most successful one ever.
Dept. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
Souvik Sen, MD, Department of Neurology, will give a presentation entitled "Recent Advances in Stroke Management."
UNC Awarded Cancer Genome Atlas Grant
National effort will shape the future of cancer research and treatment.