July 2 - 6, 2012

National News

For Attorneys General, Long Shot Brings Payoffs
The New York Times
...Jonathan Oberlander, a University of North Carolina professor who studies health care politics, said conservatives had exploited a legal Achilles’ heel that few believed existed. “Every minute that the administration and Democrats had to spend answering those questions was time lost not talking about the law’s myriad benefits,” he said. “This fight has been on ground defined by conservatives.”

New understanding of cell metabolism provides therapeutic target
Medical Xpress
One of the reasons that cancer cells proliferate is that they metabolize fuel differently from normal cells.  A team led by Blossom Damania, PhD, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, reports that two inter-related metabolic processes contribute to cell proliferation in non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Family History of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder May Up Kids' Risk for Autism
US News & World Report
A new study suggests that children whose parents or siblings have schizophrenia or bipolar disorder may be at a higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorders. Researchers led by Dr. Patrick Sullivan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came to their conclusions after studying the medical records of people in Sweden and Israel
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Health Controversy: Is “Fitspo” Bad for You?
“Yes. Fitspo refers to images and words that women post with the purpose of inspiring themselves and others to live a fit, active life....advice from Cynthia Bulik, PhD, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program.

Breast Milk Prevents Transmission of HIV in Children, Study Says
Christian Post
"We reinforced the belief, and we have solid data that milk is not a vehicle for transmission but may offer protection," according to Victor Garcia, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, and lead author of the study.

State and Local News

Chapel Hill researchers tie gene to speedy spread of skin cancer
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Metastasizing cancers – cancers that spread throughout the body – are often deadly and difficult to treat. Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, can metastasize quickly to various organs. Recent research from UNC Chapel Hill sheds light on why these tumors move so fast.

A ruling to ensure health care for all (Editorial)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
... Duke University Health System, as a result of the decision, is preparing for a surge in demand for primary care doctors, as is UNC Hospitals. The ruling also means more consumers of health care, more of an emphasis on quality and cost, according to one local expert. One provision, which will allow adult children up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health plans, is already implemented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Don’t Get Burned on the Fourth
North Carolina Health News
“People just don’t know the danger even legally available fireworks bring,” said Dr. Bruce Cairns, the director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospital.

New study finds disordered eating among older women
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Fashion magazines show thin young models. An after-school special shows a teen girl suffering with bulimia. We perceive eating disorders as diseases of the young. It’s a false perception, according to new research from UNC-Chapel Hill. The authors surveyed the disordered eating behaviors of 1,849 women aged 50 and older. They found disordered eating does not discriminate based on age.
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