Vital Signs - May 15, 2009

Study shows chemotherapy improves survival among older breast cancer patients
The average age of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer is 63, so it is critical to have effective proven, therapies for an older patient population. But older women with breast cancer are underrepresented in clinic trials, so there is little data on the effects of chemotherapy used in addition to other therapies such as surgery.
UNC study identifies genetic cause of most common form of breast cancer
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that defects in one tumor-suppressor gene, called p18, may override the rest, eventually leading to cancer.
Ugandan comes to UNC for heart repair procedure
An 18-year-old man from Uganda – with help from the Children’s Heart Project of Samaritan’s Purse and Rotary International’s Gift of Life program – will have a catheter-based heart repair procedure at the N.C. Children's Hospital on Monday, May 18.
UNC-Duke study: Impaired brain plasticity linked to Angelman syndrome learning deficits
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and Duke University find that impaired brain plasticity may explain how disruption of a single gene in the brain can cause severe cognitive deficits.
The Family House Diaries: Blessings and Lessons from a High-Risk Pregnancy
This is the first in a new series from UNC Health Care that focuses on the stories of UNC Hospitals patients and their families who live at the States Employees' Credit Union Family House in Chapel Hill while receiving or awaiting treatment.
UNC Health Care offers help for pregnancy-related anxiety and depression
In November, UNC Health Care opened what might be the only inpatient perinatal psychiatry program in the country.
HSL's May E-news
The Health Science Library shares news for May at
North Carolina TraCS Institute Update: New Web site now live
Visit to view the new TraCS Web site.
Invitation to Scientists and Others Interested in Research Methods for Conducting Comparative Effectiveness Studies
Web Broadcast: AHRQ is hosting an invitational symposium on potential methods for conducting comparative effectiveness research (CER) June 1-2.
Robert C. Cefalo House Officer Award
Deadline extended to May 15!
Captains and walkers needed for Komen Race for the Cure
The first 25 UNC captains who register at a team of 10 or more online at by the end of the day Friday, May 22 will receive $20 in free gas.
SOM Faculty: Physician Recognition survey
The Commitment to Caring Physician Experience team has been researching the topic of physician recognition.
Pilot Grant Award Announcement
The Center for Aging and Diversity/UNC Institute on Aging is offering three $20,000 grants.
The UNC Cystic Fibrosis Center is "Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis"
Help the UNC CF Center raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 15!
Internal Customer Service Survey available
As a part of UNC Health Care's Commitment to Caring, we would like to assess the level of customer service our organization provides.
NC TraCS Institute Walk-In and By Appointment clinics
New Regulatory Consultations and Protocol Guidance Consultations are now available
"Heart Failure Management: Established Therapy and New Frontiers"
The Division of Cardiology Heart Failure Program will present this course from July 16-19 at the Amelia Conference Center in Amelia Island, Florida.