Vital Signs - May 6, 2010

UNC School of Medicine gives Distinguished Service and Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards

Peter C. Agre, MD, Daniel L. Crocker, MD, and Robert N. Golden, MD, received the Distinguished Medical Alumni Awards. North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight received the Distinguished Service award.

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UNC study: Fasting may not be needed for children’s cholesterol tests

Physicians usually ask children to fast overnight before a cholesterol test. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows that this may not always be necessary.

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Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age two

Brain changes associated with Fragile X take place before age two

These results, from the first longitudinal brain imaging studies of children with Fragile X Syndrome, were published online in this week’s early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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VIDEO - The New Generation: Health Care in Vietnam

In 1945 Vietnam had 47 hospitals with a total of 3,000 beds, and it had just one physician for every 180,000 persons. Since the Vietnam War, health-care has come second to jump-starting the economy. Though it has vastly improved in the past few decades, the country still faces a long road ahead.

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VIDEO - Molecular marker could help spot pancreatic cancer early

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have identified a molecular marker of pancreatic cancer that may help spot the disease at its earliest stages, when it can be treated more successfully with surgery.

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VIDEO - On call in Vietnam

For the last 13 years Brent Senior, M.D., an ENT Surgeon at UNC Hospitals, has been participating in medical missions to Vietnam.

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NSICU runner-up for best nursing team in Southeast!

NSICU runner-up for best nursing team in Southeast!

A simple number on an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper doesn’t necessarily mean anything. But for the Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) at UNC Hospitals, that number meant a great deal. The number, which ultimately grew to more than 450, was tacked on the wall in the NSICU break room and marked the number of days on the unit without a catheter-associated bloodstream infection (CA-BSI). The infection-free streak and the work put in by the NSICU team in the past several years also led to nationwide recognition.

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Memo Updates from McLendon Clinical Lab

Please read the following memos: CMS-mandated changes in HIV antibody test orders, New Test: CYP2C19 genotyping to detect resistance to clopidogrel, and New Interpretive Comments Associated with the TDx FLM Assay.

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Farmer's Market returns on Wednesdays

Farmer's Market returns on Wednesdays

UNC Health Care's Farmer's Market returned May 5 and will continue each Wednesday throughout the summer from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the N.C. Cancer Hospital courtyard.

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5 East renovations to block thru-traffic on 5th floor

Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 6, the Transplant Unit now located on 5 East will move to the newly renovated space on 5 West. On May 7, renovations will begin to 5 East. Due to the location of these renovations on 5 East, contractors must block the walkways on 5 East that connect the Bedtower, Patient Support Tower (PST), and Anderson Pavilion.

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VIDEO - Wishing moms a happy Mother's Day

UNC Health Care would like to wish all mothers a happy Mother's Day. May your day be filled with joy and may you be surrounded by all that you love and all who love you.

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UNC study: Mast cell tryptase test may aid in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis

UNC study: Mast cell tryptase test may aid in diagnosis of eosinophilic esophagitis

A pathology test may help doctors distinguish between two separate but overlapping esophageal disorders that require different courses of treatment, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Annual Research Day

The event will take place on June 4, from 1 - 5 p.m. in Bondurant Hall, room G100. The keynote lecture will be given by Randall Braddom, MD, MS, Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Red Bank, NJ, and the afternoon will include several other research presentations.

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Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics

Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics

The study found that 18 percent of IBS patients surveyed reported they were currently using narcotics. These patients reported more abdominal pain, poorer health quality, more IBS-related limitations, more hospitalizations and surgeries, and that they were more likely to use antidepressants and antacid medications.

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UNC project takes on heart disease in heart of U.S. ‘stroke belt’

A new $10 million grant will help researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University collaborate with health-care practitioners and community leaders in Lenoir County to tackle heart disease, the county’s leading cause of death.

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Seminar: "The STAR Project: Using Innovative Technology to Deliver Care to Underserved Areas"

The presenter is Dr. Patricia Gregory, Clinical Associate Professor, UNC Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This seminar is the last in the Health Disparities Seminar Series.

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Surgery Services opens 5 West and new Neuroscience ICU

On May 6, the 8-bed Neurosurgery ICU is expanding to become the 16-bed Neuroscience ICU (NSICU). The unit is expanding on 2 Anderson and incorporating a new, dynamic interdisciplinary team. This is an exciting time for us as NSICU begins providing comprehensive Neuro-specialty care.

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Student move-out continues through May 8

Through Saturday, May 8, UNC Public Safety is increasing the number of reserved 30-minute loading spaces for student move-out. In some locations, that means asking permit holders to move completely from the lots. The increase occurs each year in order to provide as many close-proximity loading spaces as possible for each residence hall.

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Deadline to register for Komen Race approaching

The deadline to join UNC Health Care's team for the Komen Race for the Cure is Friday, May 14.

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Turning doctors into leaders

Turning doctors into leaders

The UNC Department of Family Medicine was recently ranked third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual survey of medical schools. It was the highest ranked Family Medicine department in the eastern United States.

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Weight Watchers at N.C. Women's Hospital

Weight Watchers at Work at is starting up again May 19! Join us for a free "Open House" meeting on Wednesday, May 12 from 1 - 1:30 p.m.

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