Vital Signs - April 8, 2010

Remembering Dr. H. Robert Brashear, Jr.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Dr. H. Robert Brashear, Jr. Dr. Brashear joined UNC Orthopaedics in 1953 and his legacy of excellence in teaching of orthopaedic residents and medical students remains with our training program today.
Roper named to board of Partnership for a Healthier America
Partnership for a Healthier America, an independent, non-partisan organization that aims to mobilize the private sector, thought leaders, media and local communities to action and to further the goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to curb childhood obesity within a generation, has named William L. Roper, M.D., MPH, to its national board.
Biofeedback more effective than EGS and massage for chronic rectal pain
Biofeedback is more effective than two other treatments for a type of chronic rectal pain called levator ani syndrome, according to a study published in the journal Gastroenterology. UNC's William E. Whitehead, Ph.D., is a co-author of the study.
First non-systemic and non-invasive treatment for depression now available
The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that it is now providing treatment with the NeuroStar® Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy system.
UNC’s Dr. Sean McLean receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award
McLean, an assistant professor of pediatric surgery, is one of only 11 nationwide selected this year to receive an award from the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program.
Three School of Medicine students selected as 2010-2011 N.C. Albert Schweitzer Fellows
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is thrilled to announce that three UNC School of Medicine students have been selected as 2010-2011 North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellows.
VIDEO: Dr. Roper - The impact of health care reform on UNC Health Care
Dr. William L. Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care and dean of the UNC School of Medicine, shares his views about the impact of health care reform legislation on UNC Health Care.
VIDEO: UNC Health Care partners with Habitat for Humanity - Part 2
As part of its Commitment to Communities program, UNC Health Care is sponsoring the construction of a Habitat for Humanity Home. This is the second slideshow of construction of the home.
Contact precautions policy updated
The Infection Control Contact Precautions Policy was updated April 5. The updated policy will require gloves to be worn at all times (donned prior to entering a room) and a yellow isolation gown worn whenever the health care worker, student, or visitor anticipates that their clothing will have direct contact with the patient, potentially contaminated environmental surfaces or equipment in close proximity to the patient.
Updates from Core Laboratory
Recently, the Core Laboratory released memos to address the following: Change in Critical Value Call Policy, Change to Vancomycin Reference Ranges, and Opiate Confirmations.
NC TraCS Conference: Partnering with the Community to Reduce Health Disparities
The following was originally published on the "Science in the Triangle" blog on March 24.
Call for nominations: Career Development in Aging Research Awards
The UNC Institute on Aging is pleased to announce that it is accepting nominations for the 2010 Gordon H. DeFriese Career Development in Aging Research Awards. These annual awards have been established to recognize Dr. DeFriese's thirty-year distinguished career in the conduct and development of research to improve the quality of lives of older North Carolinians, and especially to his unwavering commitment to developing and supporting the careers of his colleagues.
Symposium: Is Nature Enough? Exploring the Ethics of Human Enhancement
This conference, sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC - Chapel Hill will take place April 12-13 on campus.
Upcoming Workshop: PubMed Central submission of NIH publications Apr 14, 2010 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, Room 219,
Please join the NC TraCS Institute and the UNC Health Sciences Library for the first in a series of workshops designed to answer questions about PubMed Central submission of NIH publications on April 14.
UCRF Innovation Awards, May 7, 2010 Deadline
The University Cancer Research Fund (UCRF) announces the availability of the first round of Innovation Awards for 2010.
Run for the Promise Gala returns May 1
It's a Kentucky Derby party benefiting North Carolina Children's Hospital. Join honorary hosts Butch and Tammy Davis at the fourth annual N.C. Children's Promise Gala, Run for the Promise, on Saturday, May 1. Visit the Promise Gala's Facebook page at
New crosswalk light on Mason Farm Road
As an additional method safety measure on Mason Farm Road, an LED crosswalk light system has been installed at the mid-block crossing on Mason Farm Road between South Columbia Street and West Drive.
UNC spring football game April 10 at 3 p.m.
The UNC spring football game is scheduled for 3 p.m. April 10 in Kenan Stadium. Traffic delays on campus are expected April 10 between noon – 3:30 p.m. and from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Suzanne Havala Hobbs joins "Here's to Your Health"
This weekend, Dr. Suzanne Havala Hobbs joins "Here's to Your Health" to discuss the benefits of a vegetarian diet. Please tune in to WCHL 1360 AM 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.
2010 Triangle Walk to Fight Arthritis
The public is invited to join the teams and individuals signing up now for the 6th annual Triangle Arthritis Walk. This family and dog-friendly event on Saturday, April 17 at the Imperial Center in Durham/RTP, from 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Upcoming events at the UNC Wellness Center
Upcoming events include: Steppin' Out 2010 - National Walking Challenge; Life Coaching Series - Change Your Day, Transform Your Life!; Osteoporosis: Risks, Facts, Myths, and Bone Health; Life Coaching Series - Effective Decision Making; and Positive Self-Talk: How To Really Do It!