April 16 - 20, 2012

Alum donates art, research money to UNC-CH
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has made a $10 million pledge to UNC-Chapel Hill that includes a collection of nearly 50 works of art for the Ackland Art Museum and an endowment dedicated to heart disease research, officials said Thursday.

Pricier therapy no better for early prostate cancer
Reuters (Wire Service)
A new study suggests that expensive, high-tech proton beam radiation doesn't do any more for men with prostate cancer than the most commonly-used option. ...Dr. Ronald Chen of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his colleagues used data from a nationwide cancer registry covering treatment records for men insured by Medicare who were diagnosed with prostate cancer starting in 2000.

UNC study: More costly prostate cancer therapy no better
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The type of radiation therapy now most commonly used to treat prostate cancer is not only more effective than the traditional form it has largely replaced, but works just as well as a much-trumpeted new approach that requires machinery that can top $125 million, according to a new study by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers. ...“We need to do more studies and be more cautious before we take on a new treatment that may cost more but not actually be better than the current methods,” said Dr. Ronald Chen, an assistant professor of radiation oncology and member of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Hope And Normalcy At The Hospital School
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
Among the vast, winding hallways inside the UNC Hospital complex, there’s a school. It's small, by public school standards, but it serves a vital purpose. As Dave DeWitt reports, it offers young patients the chance to remain students, and retain a sense of normalcy during a difficult time in their lives.

Unusual partnership unveils next generation PCMH model
Manatee-Sarasota Medical News
Last February, shortly after Brad Wilson took over as CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC), he and UNC Health Care System CEO Bill Roper, MD, MPH, began discussing ways post-health reform to “move the needle” and truly make a difference in healthcare delivery.

853 Thyroid Controversies
The People's Pharmacy
Guest: Deepa Kirk, MD, is assistant professor in the department of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in the division of endocrinology and metabolism.

Most doctors don't tell parents kids are overweight
"Parents might be more motivated to follow healthy eating and activity advice if they knew their children were overweight, but very few parents of overweight children say they have ever heard that from their doctor," lead author Dr. Eliana Perrin, an associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a pediatrician at North Carolina Children's Hospital, said in a university news release.

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