July 23 - 27, 2012

International Coverage

Cure for AIDS a step closer as common cancer drug is found to 'purge' dormant HIV from body

The Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
...'This work provides compelling evidence for a new strategy to directly attack and eradicate latent HIV infection,’ said David Margolis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ‘Long-term, widespread use of antiretrovirals has personal and public health consequences, including side effects, financial costs, and community resistance,’ said Margolis, who led the study.

Please click here to read more about the extensive media coverage of UNC research at the
XIX International AIDS Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. this week.

Bath salts crackdown as 90 arrested and 5million packets of synthetic narcotics seized after wave of drug-fueled attacks
The Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
... Dr Carl Malanga, of the University of North Carolina, explained: 'One of the unique features of ICSS is that all drugs of abuse, regardless of how they work pharmacologically, do very similar things to ICSS: they make ICSS more rewarding.' Results of the Behavioural Brain Research study showed cocaine increased the ability of mice to be rewarded by self-stimulation and mephedrone did the same.

National Coverage

Silymarin, extract of milk thistle, does not benefit hepatitis C
The Los Angeles Times
Silymarin, an extract of milk thistle widely used around the world for treating liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus, provides no more benefit than a placebo, researchers reported this week. ...The new research by a team headed by Dr. Michael W. Fried of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests that they are simply wasting their money.

'Bath salts' act in the brain like cocaine
Bath salt mephedrone -- 4-methylmethcathinone or "meow-meow" -- acts in the brain like cocaine, U.S. researchers found. Dr. C.J. Malanga, an associate professor of neurology, pediatrics and psychology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said mephedrone and other potentially addictive stimulants "inappropriately activate brain reward circuits that are involved in positive reinforcement. These play a role in the drug 'high' and compulsive drug taking."

Bath salts may be as addictive as cocaine, study suggests
Fox News
..."These are tiny, tiny currents at the very tip of a tiny, tiny electrode, delivering the current to very specific and discrete brain circuits," said Dr. C.J. Malanga, an associate professor of neurology, pediatrics and psychology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Called intracranial self-stimulation, the method has been used since the 1950s to look at whether drugs activate reward areas of the brain.

State and Local Coverage

Studying sleep, by degrees, at UNC-C, UNC-CH
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
New findings on sleep disorders are eye-opening. ...As awareness of this health issue increases, officials at UNC Charlotte and UNC Chapel Hill are excited about a groundbreaking collaboration: offering the world’s first bachelor’s degree in neurodiagnostics and sleep science (NDSS). 

Couple buy drug candidate, raise $25M betting it works
Triangle Business Journal
...Elisabeth Johnson, assistant professor and nurse practitioner at the Vulvar Pain Clinic at UNC-Chapel Hill, says that while some symptoms of female sexual dysfunction, or FSD, can be treated, nothing like flibanserin exists on the market for women.

Model commands attention – but is it positive? (Column)
Winston-Salem Journal
She's no proportional Barbie — projected measurements on an actual woman, 39-18-33, with size 3 shoes — but the model on a billboard off Business 40 in downtown Winston-Salem still commands attention. ...So I phoned the eating disorders program at the University of North Carolina, where they treat bulimia and anorexia and study their causes. "We know that teenage girls, after reading through fashion magazines for 3 or 4 minutes report feeling worse about their bodies, feeling far and down after reading them," said Stephanie Zerwas, an associate research director and family therapist.

Troylene Merrill: The importance of caregiving
The Chapel Hill Herald
Troylene Merrill knows about caregiving — as a giver and as a receiver. ... While in Chapel Hill, Troy and her caregiver-of-the-week stayed at SECU Family House, the 40-bedroom hospital hospitality house minutes away from UNC Hospitals that provides comfortable, convenient and affordable housing for seriously ill adult patients and their family member caregivers.

UNC-Chapel Hill lab’s tiny particles making medical advances
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
If you’ve been to a housewares store recently, you’ve seen them, and may have been tempted. They are those colorful silicone ice cube trays that make cubes shaped liked hearts, stars or even the Titanic. It turns out that tiny versions of these trays are being used to make advances in medicine. The DeSimone lab at UNC-Chapel Hill uses techniques from the computer industry to make these ice cube trays, or molds. While scientists have mostly focused on the chemistry of new medicines, the DeSimone lab believes the shape of a drug is just as important.

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