Feb. 6 - 10, 2012

The Ugly Truth
"Sunrise" 7 News (Australia)
Dr. Cynthia Bulik, professor of nutrition and psychiatry and the director of the Eating Disorders Program at UNC-Chapel Hill did an interview with 'Sunrise' to talk about her new book on body and self-esteem "The Woman in the Mirror: How to Stop Confusing What You Look Like with Who You Are."

Alternative Therapies Offer Arthritis Pain Relief
"Good Morning America" ABC
..."Studies have been done on ginger and tumeric and have shown some anti-inflammatory effects, so there is at least some basic science to suggest these might be helpful," said Dr. Joanne Jordan, director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

Cervical Cancer Resources Online For NC Women
WFMY-TV (CBS/Greensboro)
Women in North Carolina who have questions about Cervical Cancer have a new place to get that information. A new online resource is now available to connect women and adolescents to life-saving cervical cancer-related services. ...The directory, which is in English and Spanish, was developed by Cervical Cancer-Free NC, an initiative based at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New tool aims to eliminate cervical cancer in N.C.
News 14
"No one has to die from cervical cancer. There is a vaccine," said Schatzi McCarthy who is the Associate Director of Cervical Cancer-Free North Carolina Program at UNC.

Special imaging used to help remove kidney tumors
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Urologic surgeons at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill have started using special imaging to help them with the removal of cancerous tumors of the kidneys, which can be difficult to see. The patient is injected with a special near-infrared which makes everything inside the body glow except for the tumor. 'The fluorescent imaging allows us to demarcate the tumor accurately in order to excise all of the tumor," Dr. Mathew Raynor, a urologic surgeon at UNC, said.

High-fiber diet may not protect against diverticulosis, study finds (Blog)
The Washington Post
You know everything you’ve heard about how constipation and a low-fiber, high-fat and meat-rich diet raises a person’s risk of developing diverticulosis? It may be all wrong, according a new study. ...In a study in the journal Gastroenterology, Anne F. Peery, a physician at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, looked at the relationship between what 2,100 people said they ate and what their colons looked like on routine colonoscopy.

Breast cancer kills older women more often: study
Reuters (Wire Service)
Breast cancer is often considered more deadly among younger women, but older women -- particularly those over 75 -- are actually more likely to die of the disease, according to an international study. ...But among women over age 75 at the time of their diagnosis, eight out of every 100 died from the cancer. "What's different in older women is they tend to get lesser and poorer treatment," said Hyman Muss of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who was not involved with the study.

Veterans give even more; 1 million sought for DNA data
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...The sheer number of people being enrolled, though, and the extraordinary quality of the medical records will easily offset any concerns about the demographics, said Dr. Jim Evans, a professor of genetics and medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, who is not involved with the VA's program. The promise of the database is substantial, Evans said. "I think this will really help with figuring out the genetic and environmental underpinnings of health and disease," Evans said.

Don't ignore stigma (Letter to the Editor)
The Chapel Hill News
We read Catherine Wright's "My View" column with dismay. Her central thesis, that our country faces a serious obesity epidemic largely because parents and other adults are too afraid to speak frankly about overweight and obesity, is not borne out by the evidence. ...We wish that the Chapel Hill News would rely more on the on wealth of expertise at UNC Chapel Hill including the School of Medicine and the Gillings School of Global Public Health to foster an informed discussion of overweight and obesity and behavioral weight management. (Stephanie Zerwas, Associate research director, UNC Eating Disorders Program; Cynthia Bulik, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Professor of Nutrition, Director, UNC Eating Disorders Program; Eliana Perrin, Associate professor, Department of Pediatrics; Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics)

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