Vital Signs - August 14, 2009

Breastfeeding reduces risk of breast cancer in some women
According to a new study, women with a family history of breast cancer were 59 percent less likely to develop breast cancer themselves if they breastfed their children.
VIDEO: N.C. Cancer Hospital - Then and Now with Dr. Wesley Fowler
As we prepare for the opening of the N.C. Cancer Hospital on Aug. 17, this video provides a look at cancer care at UNC then, now and into the future from Dr. Wesley Fowler, director of Gynecologic Oncology.
UNC Hospitals ranks highly on inaugural Consumer Reports hospital rankings
UNC Hospitals was listed as one of the academic medical centers that “rose to the top” of the patient ratings Consumer Reports used to rate more than 3,400 U.S. hospitals.
UNC Health Care receives national award for community value
Cleverley & Associates has named UNC Hospitals one of the country’s top 100 hospitals in its 2009 Community Value Index ranking. The CVI was created to “provide a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community,” according to a company press release.
VIDEO: N.C. Cancer Hospital time lapse
From the groundbreaking in September 2005 to its opening in August 2009, watch a time lapse slideshow of the N.C. Cancer Hospital's construction.
UNC Institute on Aging hosts the Sixth Annual Aging Exchange on Sept. 15
Share your research with colleagues. Poster abstracts due Sept. 4.
Request for Applications for 2009 Community-Academic Partnership Grant
Sponsored by the TraCS Institute.
August transportation updates
The following updates come from UNC Health Care's Transportation and Parking office, the UNC Department of Public Safety, Chapel Hill Transit, and Triangle Transit.
Protect yourself from heat illness, heat stroke
It’s important to be able to recognize heat-related illnesses, how to prevent them and what to do if the heat really gets you down.
Five tips for back to school time
Back to school time can be problematic for both children and parents. UNC Health Care experts offer tips for dealing with five issues that might arise.
Register for Mind-Body Skills sessions
Vera Moura, M.D., will teach three-month courses of Mind-Body Skills tailored specifically to health-care professionals and for the general public. Attendance requires an interview with Dr. Moura; each group is limited to eight participants.
NC Cardiovascular Update 2009
The Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiology present the NC Cardiovascular Update 2009, on Sept. 25-26 at the Friday Center.
Fifth Annual UNC Conference on Eating Disorders: Tools for the Management of Eating Disorders and Obesity in Your Practice and the Schools
The conference will be held on Saturday, Oct.17, at the Friday Center.
AWARE for All The Triangle
UNC-Chapel Hill helps sponsor Aware for All on Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at North Carolina Central University's School of Education. AWARE for All is an educational program that is free and open to the public for the purpose of providing education to help people make informed decisions about clinical research participation.
2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk
The 2009 Triangle Metro Heart Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27, at the RBC Center.
The Society for Acupuncture Research seeks abstracts for their 2010 conference
The Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR), in which Dr. Jongbae J. Park, a faculty member of the Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, serves as a Board of Directors, invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts to their 2010 Conference by August 1, 2009, and register to attend