Aug. 13 – 17, 2012

National Coverage

An Aspirin a Day May Still Lower Cancer Risk, but Not as Much as Previously Thought
In an accompanying editorial, Dr. John Baron of the department of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine wrote that the “big picture on aspirin use and cancer is very positive”: The drug clearly reduces the incidence and mortality from luminal gastrointestinal cancers, and it may similarly affect other cancers. This is exciting: simply taking a pill can prevent cancer incidence and cancer death.

Daily Aspirin Lowers Cancer Mortality
Ivanhoe (Newswire)
...In an accompanying editorial, John A. Baron, M.D., of the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine writes that the findings of the study reinforce the idea that there is a link between daily aspirin use and reduced cancer mortality. "The drug clearly reduces the incidence and mortality from luminal gastrointestinal cancers, and it may similarly affect other cancers," he wrote, and noted that the findings from the American Cancer Society study may be "conservative."
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Is Bad Body Image a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
The Huffington Post
...Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program and author of "The Woman In The Mirror" agreed. "There is almost a societal expectation that girls and women be dissatisfied with their weight and shape ... How often do you hear a girl or woman say, 'I like myself just the size I am!"?

Study treats kids' egg allergies with...eggs
The Associated Press
...It didn't work for everyone, and some dropped out of the study because of allergic reactions. But the results "really do show there is promise for future treatment" and should be tested now in a wider group of kids, said the study's leader, Dr. A. Wesley Burks, pediatrics chief at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Cancer deaths less common in people taking aspirin daily, study shows
CBS News
...Dr. John Baron, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of an accompanying commentary in the same journal issue, exercised caution and said people planning on starting aspirin should speak to a doctor, telling TIME, "Aspirin is a real drug, with definite toxicity. Just because aspirin is effective does not mean it necessarily should be used."

Romney’s phony Medicare attack
As Democrats go on the Medicare offensive after Mitt Romney picked Rep. Paul Ryan, the author of the GOP’s Medicare-transforming budget, to be his vice-presidential nominee, Romney has fired back with a predictable broadside: Obama cut Medicare too. ...”The Affordable Care Act improves the benefits in Medicare, in terms of prevention, in terms of filling in the donut hole in Medicare Part D for prescription drugs,” explained Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

CDC report on teen oral sex trends sparks calls for better education
CBS News
..."I would say that the risk of STD transmission through oral sex is underappreciated and underestimated," added Dr. Christopher Hurt, a clinical assistant professor in the division of infectious disease at the University of North Carolina who was not involved in the new report, commented to HealthDay. "As part of sex education programs, kids need to be made aware of that fact: that oral sex is not a completely risk-free activity."
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Regional Coverage

Paula Deen Shares Tips for Staying on Track with Diabetes Management this Summer
The Clay Times-Journal
..."It's easy to slip out of your regular routine in the summer, but it's important to stay on track by taking your medication daily, getting exercise and eating right," said Stephen Brunton, MD, an adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and an advisor on Diabetes in a New Light.

Special imaging may help detect autism sooner
WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.)
...They decided to enroll Gracie in a one-of-a-kind study. University of North Carolina researchers used a special kind of MRI imaging called, diffusion tensor imaging, to look at 15 brain connections of babies who had a sibling with autism. They found significant differences in 12 of the 15 connections in those who developed autism. "What we find is the children who went on to have autism, we can see differences as early as six months, and that over time their brains changed less," explained Jason Wolff, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

St. Jude one of 10 recipients of $600,000 grant from Jimmy V. foundation
The Memphis Business Journal (Tennessee)
...Other sites receiving the grants were: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Duke Cancer Institute, Stanford University, Tufts Medical Center, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

State and Local Coverage

UNC Hospitals Recognized For Cardiac Care
WCHL 1360-AM
UNC Hospitals has won yet another award for excellent care. The American Heart Association presented the hospital with its Mission: Lifeline Gold Level Performance Achievement Award for meeting the highest standards of heart attack care. Cardiologist Rick Stouffer says the cooperation between hospital staff, from nurses to doctors to EMTs made this award possible.

Researchers: Tick bites linked to red meat allergy
..."It's all mammalian meats, so beef, pork, lamb and venison," Brian Vickery, of the University of North Carolina Hospitals allergy and immunology department, said. "We know that these individuals that react to meat have the allergic antibody IGE that is specific for sugar that's present on the meat."

Cancer center draws support
The Daily News
A proposed cancer center for Carteret County garnered support from multiple perspectives Monday during a public hearing on the project’s plans. ...The hospital also recently formed a new relationship with the University of North Carolina Hospital Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Cancer survivor turned UNC med student: 'I know what pain is like'
Wednesday is Katie Sims' first day of medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As she prepares to buy her first stethoscope, she reflects on its symbolism. "It means now I'm going to be able to make the same kind of impact on people that my doctors made on me," she says.

Rex readies for new $80M cancer hospital
The Triangle Business Journal
A delayed cancer hospital project by Rex Healthcare that stirred some opposition in 2009 could be back on track, with the hospital system looking to sell up to $80 million in bonds to pay for construction. Rex, which is wholly owned by UNC Health Care, received approval from the state in 2010 to build a cancer hospital on its campus in northwest Raleigh. Construction was set to begin in the fall of 2011, but was pushed back.

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