June 11 - 15, 2012

53 years old, 85lbs and ignored by her doctor
The Mail Online
...Cynthia M Bulik, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina, said: 'One of the things we’re working very hard to do is to make sure this stays on physicians’ radar screens so they can recognize and distinguish between menopause-related changes, real health problems and eating disorders.'

Wayne Bledsoe: Searching for sound birth control
The Knoxville News Sentinel
The Rev. Al Green once told me that he was proud so many children were conceived to his music. I am pretty sure research would prove that the birthrate jumped significantly nine months after the song "Let's Stay Together" hit the charts. Scientists at the University of North Carolina, though, are doing research to prove sound waves could act as a type of birth control.

Leading Insulin Doesn't Heighten Cancer Risk, Studies Find
The Wall Street Journal
... Dr. John Buse, director of the diabetes center at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said diabetes patients are already at higher risk of cancer. Older age and increased body weight are factors linked to the development of both Type 2 diabetes and cancer, he said.

Inactivation of Gene Might Cause Skin Cancer to Spread
HealthDay News
Inactivation of a certain gene causes the deadly skin cancer melanoma to spread, a new study finds. University of North Carolina researchers conducted tests on tumors from humans and mice, and found that turning off a gene called LKB1 caused non-aggressive melanoma cells to become highly metastatic.

A New Treatment For Curved Penis?
...In one trial, average curvature went from 48.8 degrees to 31 degrees in a year, a 37.6 improvement, compared with a change from 49 degrees to 39 degrees in the placebo group, a 21.3% improvement. The treatment is no cure, but “it’s a major advantage over what we have now, which is nothing,” researcher Dr. Culley C. Carson III, a professor of urology at the University of North Carolina, told the New York Times.

Use of imaging tests soars, raising questions on radiation risk
The Los Angeles Times
...Physicians are not required to inform patients in writing about the radiation risks of CTs. But Dr. Richard Semelka, director of MRI services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the time had come for that to change. "It should be abundantly clear by now that ionizing radiation does carry with it the risk of cancer," said Semelka, who wasn't involved in the study. "It just seems so obvious that we should be providing patients with the risks even if we don't have the exact numbers."

Shot may top acupuncture for pain relief
Science News
A new treatment mimics the pain-blocking mechanism of acupuncture but offers longer-lasting pain relief, at least in mice. Injections of an enzyme called PAP into an acupuncture point behind the knees of mice relieved pain caused by inflammation for up to six days, Julie Hurt and Mark Zylka of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report online April 23 in Molecular Pain.

UNC minister named state’s Chaplain of the Year
The Chapel Hill News
Patricia Cadle, oncology chaplain at UNC Health Care's Department of Pastoral Care, has been named Chaplain of the Year by the N.C. Chaplains Association. This award is presented annually at the association's spring conference in recognition of “distinguished ministry” by a chaplain “who serves patients, community and colleagues with grace and innovation.”

Five Embarrassing Male Sexual Issues
Men's Fitness
...In addition to damaging your ego, sexual issues may signal more serious health conditions. In most cases, these can be treated. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor early on to determine the underlying cause, and develop a plan of action. We talked to Dr. Culley Carson III, a urologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, about the five most common sexual problems men encounter, and what you can do.

Doctors Transplant Vein Grown from Patient's Own Cells
ABC News
"The organization and resources required for this process are significant and would severely limit the applicability of the treatment strategy to large groups of patients," said Dr. William Marston, chief of vascular surgery at University of North Carolina Hospitals.

Breast milk's anti-viral effect 'could protect against Aids virus'
The Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
Breast milk may protect children against the Aids virus, research suggests. ... Study leader Dr Victor Garcia, from the University of North Carolina in the US, said: 'This study provides significant insight into the amazing ability of breast milk to destroy HIV and prevent its transmission.

Baby wash causes newborns to test positive for pot: Study
The Toronto Sun
A U.S. study published this month suggests popular baby washes cause newborns to mistakenly test positive for exposure to marijuana. Researchers studied the phenomenon after doctors at University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospitals noticed a spike in false positive results for THC -- the active ingredient in pot -- during routine urine tests.

Breast Milk Blocks HIV Transmission in Mice, Study Finds
ABC News
Women with HIV are often told  by health care providers to refrain from breastfeeding  for fear their breast milk will transmit the virus to their infants. But a new study released Thursday in the journal PLoS Pathogens suggests breast milk may kill the virus and protect against its transmission. ... Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine fed mice whose immune systems had been engineered to mimic those of  humans breast milk from healthy human donors that had been injected with HIV.

Strange reason for newborns' positive pot test found
... It's important to note the soaps do not produce a "high," or any other effects of marijuana, in infants. "It's not marijuana a in any way, shape or form,"  said study researcher Catherine Hammett-Stabler, a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

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