Vital Signs - June 12, 2009

UNC scientists identify growth factor as possible cancer drug target
To grow and spread, tumors need new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. One growth factor that causes angiogenesis has been identified - vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF - and drugs to inhibit VEGF are already in use.
New drug shows promise for type 2 diabetes
A study led by UNC School of Medicine researchers has shown that the investigational new drug liraglutide taken once daily may be safer and more effective than currently available medications for people with type 2 diabetes.
Center for Aging and Health grant awardee
Kevin Biese, M.D., M.A., recently received an Emergency Medicine grant from the Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents (GSR) Program. Jan Busby-Whitehead, M.D., Ellen Roberts, M.D., Cherri Hobgood, M.D., along with the entire Futures Group for Geriatric Care will also participate in the grant. Dr. Biese is the PI and Program Director, and Dr. Busby-Whitehead is the Co-PI.
VIDEO: Caring for patients from the ConAgra explosion
On Thursday, June 11, Dr. Bruce Cairns, medical director of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center, provided an update on the process of care for burn survivors from the ConAgra plant explosion. Grace Schmits, nurse manager in the Burn Center, also comments on the priorities when caring for burn survivors.
Nominations for UNC P&A Chief Operating Officer
As many of you know, Keith Gran has accepted a position at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. We are currently in the process of finding a replacement for the position of Chief Operating Officer at UNC Physicians & Associates. We are seeking nominations from within the UNC Health Care System.
Dr. Stiles to appear on 'Rex On Call'
Dr. Alan Stiles, chief physician at the N.C. Children’s Hospital and chair of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine, will be the featured guest on the live medical television program "Rex On Call" with Melody Hunter-Pillion. Dr. Stiles will discuss the state of pediatric care in North Carolina and take questions from viewers about pediatric health issues. The program will air Saturday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. on NBC 17.
'Writing to Remember' June 17
UNC Hospitals' Bereavement Support Services is offering another "Writing to Remember" at noon on Wednesday, June 17, in the John M. Reeves All Faiths Chapel on the 1st floor N.C. Memorial Hospital.
Ransom Street blocked to through traffic
Both lanes of the block of Ransom Street between Patterson Place and McCauley Street are closed until Nov. 1, as work continues on the replacement of the steam tunnel serving the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Graduation to impact traffic Friday/Saturday
On Friday, June 12, from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., and Saturday, June 13, from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., the S11 Williamson Lot and Williamson Drive will be reserved for patrons with disabilities attending the high school graduation ceremonies at the Dean E. Smith Center.
Scooter/Moped parking changes
Effective Aug. 15, individuals will need to register their scooter/moped as a motorcycle and pay accordingly. If the scooter/moped does NOT have a license, you will need to use the serial number as a license indicator.
Attention pedestrians/PD permit holders
A flashing traffic signal recently installed by the Town of Chapel Hill at the intersection of West Drive and Mason Farm Road will become fully operational soon.