Jan. 9 - 13, 2012

A lifetime of benefits from breaking a sweat
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...For five years at UNC-Chapel Hill, researchers have been running a study, called Get Real & Heel, with breast cancer survivors who have completed treatment. It's designed to study whether exercise and biofeedback working together can help improve the patient's health, which, even with successful treatment often takes a huge hit. Their cardiovascular function in particular drops sharply and often doesn't improve.

Hospital buys facilities
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC Health Care has paid $14.2 million for a portfolio of seven Chapel Hill office buildings that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina vacated last year as part of a cost-cutting effort. The deal includes 47 acres and 152,000 square feet of space in the Eastowne Office Park. The property is across U.S. 15-501 from Blue Cross' 40-acre campus headquarters. UNC expects to develop a master plan this year to determine how best to use the property, but spokeswoman Jennifer James said it would likely end up being home to a mix of administrative and patient-care facilities.

Acupuncture little better than "sham" for migraine
Reuters (Wire Service)
...Dr. Jongbae J. Park, who directs Asian Medicine & Acupuncture Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, agreed that the sham in this study was not a true placebo. "In my mind, it's far from being a true 'control,'" Park said in an interview. In fact, Park said, the issue with acupuncture research in general is that sham procedures vary from study to study.

Herpes Vaccine Falls Short in Clinical Trial
The New York Times
...“The failure of the vaccine really suggests that we need to look at new approaches to H.S.V. vaccine development,” said Dr. Peter A. Leone, an author of the study and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina. An attenuated virus, like that used in vaccines against chickenpox, may prove more effective.

UK Recommends Two Drink-Free Days Per Week (Blog)
ABC News.com
...While alcohol consumption is positively correlated with several aspects, including income and education, blood lipids and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Robert Gwyther, professor of family medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the  ”alcohol industry promotes that rationale as much as they can.  It does not consider motor vehicle crashes, increased cancer risk data (oral, esophageal, breast, etc.) in their arguments.  But, since cardiovascular disease kills more folks than anything else in America, alcohol intake still looks good on average.”

DeSimone honored
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC Chapel Hill chemist Joseph DeSimone has been awarded the 2012 Walston Chubb Award for Innovation from the scientific research society Sigma Xi. DeSimone is Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry at UNC and William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering at N.C. State University.

AIDS Study Called 2011 'Breakthrough'
Voice of America
The journal Science chose an AIDS study as the twenty-eleven "Breakthrough of the Year." The study found that antiretroviral drugs can greatly lower the risk of spreading HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. It showed that infected people with early treatment were ninety-six percent less likely to infect their partners. ...Dr. Cohen is director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

CDC: Millions of Americans are Binge Drinkers (Blog)
ABC News.com
America has a binge drinking problem, according to a new government report. ...“The public is very much aware of the health risks of obesity, which are less than binge drinking,” said Dr. Fulton Crews, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “But most people don’t realize that binge drinking is unhealthy.”

'First gene link' to inherited prostate cancer
Agence France Presse (Wire Service)
US researchers said Wednesday they have found the first genetic mutation linked to an inherited form of prostate cancer, raising new hope of one day improving early screening for the disease. ..."The mutation is significantly more common in men with a family history of prostate cancer that strikes at an earlier age, compared to older patients with no family history," said University of North Carolina scientist Ethan Lange, who was part of the research team.

New Peanut Butter Cheerios Worry Parents of Allergic Kids (Blog)
ABC News.com
...Dr. Wesley Burks, a leading expert in food allergens at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that while parents should take precautions to ensure their children don’t eat foods they’re allergic to, it’s important to note that life-threatening allergic reactions don’t happen as a result of smelling, touching or being in the same room with the food in question. “For a child to have truly life-threatening, life-ending reaction, they have to ingest the food,” he said. The idea that other forms of food contact could lead to death, Burks said, is a common misconception among parents.

Prostate cancer linked to gene
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A team of scientists that includes three UNC-Chapel Hill researchers has found a genetic mutation strongly associated with prostate cancers that occur at unusually early ages and among people with a family history of the disease. ...It's the first high-risk genetic mutation found to be associated with the disease, said Ethan Lange, an associate professor of genetics and biostatistics at UNC-CH and a member of the university's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

First lady Michelle Obama announced collaboration that will increase training and research on brain injuries and PTSD
The Fayetteville Observer
Medical schools across the country have joined a White House-led effort to better prepare future doctors for treating the next generation of veterans. A total of 130 medical and osteopathic schools, representing nearly 80 percent of the nation's medical students, will be involved in the initiative announced Wednesday by first lady Michelle Obama. Three schools in North Carolina are involved in the initiative: the Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

The Woman in the Mirror
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
As a seasoned researcher, the author of two previous books on eating disorders and the director of the University of North Carolina’s Eating Disorders Program, Cynthia Bulik was deeply familiar with the psychology of women between adolescence and menopause.

HIV transmission: 1 in 900 sex acts transmits virus
Fox News
...The average risk of HIV infection per sexual act estimated in the study is consistent with what has been found by previous research, but there are many situations in which that number may not apply," said Dr. Myron Cohen, a professor of medicine, microbiology, immunology and public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who was not involved in the work.

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