Feb. 28 - March 2, 2012

National and International News

When it Comes to Colonoscopies, Recession and Co-Pays Matter (Blog)
The Wall Street Journal
...It doesn’t include people who didn’t have a screening colonoscopy because they lost insurance coverage during the recession, says Spencer Dorn, an author of the study and an assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And it doesn’t include Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries.

Americans Cut Down On Checking For Colon Cancer During Recession
Huffington Post
Americans between the ages of 50 to 64 got 500,000 fewer colonoscopies, or screenings aimed at detecting colon cancer, during the recession, compared to the two years before, according to a recent study from researchers at the University of North Carolina's medical school.

Weaning And Depression Linked In Many Women
The Huffington Post
...But the frequency with which women experience depressive episodes when weaning their babies is far less understood. Researchers have yet to examine the connection between weaning and depression in depth. "The intersection between lactation and mood is important, and it is extremely understudied," said Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders. "There are definitely people who report mood symptoms associated with lactation."

Pediatricians stress moderation for Little Leaguers
Reuters (Wire Service)
...Orthopedic surgeons are treating more and more injuries in kids that used to be typical only in older, more experienced athletes, said Frederick Mueller, director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "A lot of these kids are not only pitching in one league, they're pitching in multiple leagues, and then they're pitching on weekends in showcases," Mueller, who wasn't involved in the new guidelines, told Reuters Health.

Americans returning to IUDs
The Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.)
...Now, according to Dr. David A. Grimes, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, “the IUD is indeed enjoying a well-deserved renaissance.” In an interview with Medscape, a website for doctors, he noted that the IUD is increasingly seen as perhaps the safest, most convenient and most effective reversible form of contraception.

Americans Get Reacquainted With IUDs (Blog)
The New York Times
After decades of sloppy research, bad publicity, lawsuits and widespread fears of health hazards, the intrauterine device is making a major comeback in the United States. ...Now, according to Dr. David A. Grimes, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, “the IUD is indeed enjoying a well-deserved renaissance.”

Breastfeeding Advocates Praise Beyonce for Nursing Daughter in Public (Blog)
ABC News.com
...While breastfeeding is natural, the act has been marginalized and stigmatized in American culture, said Dr. Alison Stuebe, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of North Carolina Health Care. "[And] at the expense of the health and well-being of mothers and babies," said Stuebe. "By bringing breastfeeding into the mainstream, Beyonce can help break down barriers so that mothers and babies can breastfeed in peace."

Medical experts say Franklin Gutierrez still faces several weeks of additional work after initial injury layoff is up
The Seattle Times
Spoke to some experts who work with the type of pectoral muscle injury Franklin Gutierrez suffered. Neither have worked directly with Gutierrez, nor have they seen his test results, so they are speaking in general terms. One was Dr. Jeffrey Spang, an orthopedic specialist from the University of North Carolina...

State and Local News

UNC Holds Events For Eating Disorder Awareness
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
This week marks National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and UNC’s Eating Disorders program is holding a couple of events to mark the occasion. ...On Tuesday at 6 p.m., UNC Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders Cynthia Bulik will hold a signing session for her new book, The Woman in the Mirror. That session will take place at UNC’s Student Stores. Before the signing, nutrition experts will set up information booths in the Pit beginning at 5:30.

Carrboro Man Is UNC's First Triple-Tandem Transplant Patient
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
A Carrboro man will become the first person to receive the triple-tandem transplant at UNC Hospital as part of a cure for testicular cancer that was previously in remission. “We’ll be doing what’s called a triple-tandem transplant,” says Paul Armistead, the assistant professor of medicine at UNC. “This is for a patient with high-risk testicular cancer. It’s rare… This procedure is something that’s relatively new.”

Stem cells, chemo can beat testicular cancer
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Stem cell transplants done in conjunction with chemotherapy are offering hope to men with advanced testicular cancer. About a year ago, David Alston, 42, went to his doctor for some odd symptoms, including "feeling numb in one leg for a couple of seconds," he said. Alston had testicular cancer. Although it's rare, the disease is the most common malignancy for men aged 15 to 35. ..."He underwent conventional chemotherapy, tolerated that fairly well," said UNC Hospitals oncologist Dr. Paul Armistead.

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