Jan. 23 - 27, 2012

Hidden Danger for Women
"Nightly News with Brian Williams" NBC
Dr. Margaret Gourlay, a family practice specialist and osteoporosis researcher at the University of North Carolina was interviewed about her recent study about osteoporosis and the frequency of bone density screenings in women.

Many Breast Cancer Patients Uninformed About Options: Study
HealthDay News
..."We found that breast cancer survivors had fairly major gaps in their knowledge about their surgical options, including about the implications for recurrence and survival," said study lead author Dr. Clara Lee, an associate professor of surgery and director of surgical research at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

Experts Weigh Changes to Definition of Autism
HealthDay News
..."This is not an academic exercise," said Geraldine Dawson, the chief science officer for Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization, and a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "These changes in the diagnostic criteria will have a real impact on people's lives and we have to be very careful as we begin to implement the new criteria that we monitor how this is affecting people's ability to obtain services."

High fibre diets don't protect gut health
The Times of India
High fibre diets, surprisingly, may not protect gut health, but they do heighten your chances of developing diverticulosis. ..."It looks like we may have been wrong, for decades, about why diverticula actually form," said Anne Peery, fellow in gastroenterology and hepatology, University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who led the study.

Abortion safer than giving birth, study says
Reuters (Wire Service)
...The researchers on the new study combined government data on live births and pregnancy- and abortion-related deaths with estimates on legal abortions performed in the U.S. from the Guttmacher Institute, which conducts sexual and reproductive health research and education. Dr. Elizabeth Raymond from Gynuity Health Projects in New York City and Dr. David Grimes of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, found that between 1998 and 2005, one woman died during childbirth for every 11,000 or so babies born.

Turn off, tune in, drop out
Science News
...“The findings are astounding and are going to completely change how we understand the action of hallucinogens,” says psychiatrist and pharmacologist Bryan Roth of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was not involved in the study. “They’re the complete opposite of what has been predicted.”

Lawmakers hear Rex Hospital complaints
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson finally found his audience Monday at a legislative committee charged with deciding whether the state should own Rex Hospital, WakeMed's cross-town rival. For more than a year, Atkinson has lodged the same litany of complaints against Rex and its owner, UNC Health Care.

CDC: Diabetes Amputations Falling Dramatically
The Associated Press
Foot and leg amputations were once a fairly common fate for diabetics, but new government research shows a dramatic decline in limbs lost to the disease, probably due to better treatments. ..."What jumped out to me was the scale of the improvement," said Dr. John Buse, a University of North Carolina diabetes expert who was not involved in the new study.

Scientific Breakthroughs (Column)
The Huffington Post
The cover of a recent issue of Science magazine, the voice of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, heralds as the scientific breakthrough of the year the acceptance of HIV treatment with antiretroviral drugs, ARVDs, as an effective regimen for the prevention of the disease. ...One of the lead investigators, Myron Cohen of the University of North Carolina Medical Center, characterized the findings as unambiguous.

High Fiber Diets May Not Prevent Diverticulosis
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
Contrary to what doctors have believed for decades, a high-fiber diet may not stave off one intestinal disease. That's the conclusion of a study from UNC-Chapel Hill. It found no correlation between a lack of fiber and a higher incidence of diverticulosis. Anne Peery is the study's lead researcher. ...Peery says researchers at UNC are now looking into what causes the pouches on the colon wall that are the hallmark of diverticulosis.

UNC Health Care responds (Under the Dome)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A day after WakeMed CEO Bill Atkinson delivered a stinging indictment of UNC Health Care and Rex to legislators, leaders of UNC Health Care are meeting with lawmakers to try and temper Atkinson's complaints. Among the areas they will be disputing is the benefit of UNC residents at WakeMed, the need for additional heart services in the county, and the value of Rex to UNC's teaching and training mission.
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UNC Hospitals, Rex get good news on bonds
The Triangle Business Journal
Moody’s Investors Services on Wednesday affirmed strong ratings assigned to the bonds of UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill and Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. The debt-research agency gave UNC Hospitals an Aa3 rating, citing strengths such as strong demand for patient services and relatively low debt load. Rex has an A1 rating, based on its market position in Wake County, increasing collaboration with UNC Hospitals and other factors.

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