Vital Signs - Dec. 10, 2009

VIDEO: Fall 2009 update from Dr. Roper - Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Bill Roper, MD, MPH, Dean of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care, addressed the issue of health care reform and its potential impact to the UNC Health Care System.
UNC, Duke faculty bring $287 million in stimulus research funding to North Carolina
Faculty researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University have attracted an estimated $287 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to the benefit of the state of North Carolina.
AACR Names Perou 2009 Outstanding Investigator for Breast Cancer Research
Calling his work “one of the most important findings in breast cancer and health disparities in the last decade,” the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has named Charles M. Perou, PhD the 2009 Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Faculty: 2009 Patient Safety Culture Survey Update
The deadline for the 2009 Patient Safety Culture Survey has been extended to midnight on Dec. 21. Participants will be eligible to win one of forty gift cards. If you submitted your entry form before Monday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., please resubmit your entry form by making your own form with name, work area, phone number and e-mail.
CIGNA contract may end Jan. 1
For the past 8 months, UNC Health Care has been negotiating with CIGNA regarding our insurance contracts. Our current contracts are set to expire on Dec. 31, and we must reach agreement on new contracts if we want to continue our relationship with CIGNA.
Study identifies genetic predeterminants for diabetes in African-Americans
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine say a recent discovery suggests that inherited genetic variations exist between whites and blacks living in the U.S., leading to less efficient metabolism of glucose and predisposition to diabetes in blacks.
VIDEO: Beat the holiday bulge
Navigating your way through countless holiday parties can wreak havoc on the person watching his/her waistline. UNC's Dr. Cynthia Bulik offers some key ways to beat the holiday bulge.
UNC Hospitals’ Inpatient Satisfaction leaps to the 84th percentile
Please read this announcement Dr. Bill Roper sent to the UNC Health Care Board of Directors about improved patient satisfaction scores. Congratulations to you all for your impressive achievement.
VIDEO: Santa Ready to Ride
A team of UNC medical experts say that Santa is tanned, rested and ready for the big ride he has coming up.
VIDEO: Grinch likely depressed, suffers from lack of love, joy, UNC expert says
Being irritable, grumpy and seeking social isolation are also hallmarks of depression, and could explain the Grinch’s disdain for the Who – the tall and the small – his mistreatment of his dog Max and, ultimately, why he tried to stop Christmas from coming.
What’s the best hangover cure? Truth be told, there isn’t one
With the holiday party season at hand, UNC's Dr. James C. Garbutt offers these tips about how to enjoy a few drinks responsibly — while sparing yourself and those around you from the potentially disastrous consequences of overdoing it.
Funds Available in the UNC Lymphedema Program
Thanks to the generosity of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, eligible breast cancer patients who develop lymphedema may apply for funds awarded to the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to provide them with compression garments and wraps critical to their therapeutic intervention.
Ford joins 'Here's to Your Health' to discuss healthy teens
This weekend, Dr. Carol Ford joins Department of Family Medicine's 'Here's to Your Health' radio show to discuss healthy teens. We hope you can tune in either Saturday at 9 a.m., Sunday at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.*, or Monday at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on WCHL 1360 AM.
Injury Prevention Research Center News
This issue features Dr. Anthony Charles, Dr. Desmond Runyan, and others from the School of Medicine
Free Jersey Mike's Sub for $1 Donation to UNC Lineberger's Pediatric Oncology Program
Visit the Jersey Mike's location on Elliot Road in Chapel Hill, donate $1 to UNC Lineberger's Pediatric Oncology Program and get a free regular sub!
Keep Those Cell Phones Coming!
The Beacon Child and Family Program and the Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County are pleased with the number of cell phones that have been donated to benefit services for victims of family violence. Please keep up the good work! Take your cell phones to the Women’s Health Information Center on the ground floor of the N.C. Women’s Hospital.
Housestaff Charity Breakfast with Santa
The second annual Charity Breakfast Buffet with Santa, organized by the resident physicians at UNC, will be Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 - 11 a.m.
Help needed to build a Habitat for Humanity home
As part of its Commitment to Communities program, UNC Health Care has agreed to sponsor the construction of a Habitat for Humanity House, one that will be owned by a UNC Health Care employee.
Winter Stories Program for Children & Book Drive
On Thursday, Dec. 10, UNC Friends of the Library presents the 17th annual Winter Stories program for children of all ages. Winter Stories will be the finale of the campus-wide book drive to benefit the Book Fairy, an organization that donates children's books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals.
IPRC Newsletter
West Drive Closed Until Monday, Dec. 14
Due to unforeseen problems in repairing the damaged chilled water pipes, West Drive will remain closed until Monday, Dec. 14.
Institute for Emerging Issues Creativity Snapshot Series: Healthcare - Dec. 17
In partnership with Emerging Tar Heel Leaders (ETHL), IEI will focus on how healthcare is utilizing creative mindsets to find new and innovative ways to develop products and deliver services.