June 25 - 29, 2012

National News

Many older women say their weight has negative effect on their lives
Los Angeles Times
... The study notes that little is known about the disordered eating behaviors among the 53 million U.S. women over age 50, so researchers from the University of North Carolina tried to find out. “An unfortunate assumption is that they ‘grow out of’ body dissatisfaction and eating disorders, but no one has really bothered to ask,” lead researcher Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, said in a statement.
Related links:

Brain Banks for Autism Face Dearth
The New York Times
...Geraldine Dawson, chief science officer at Autism Speaks — the group that administers the autism brain donations at the Harvard bank — and a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, said, “This is indeed a setback, but it has motivated us more than ever to rebuild this precious resource.”

Veteran aggression not always PTSD
United Press International
U.S. veterans who didn't have money to meet basic needs were more likely to be aggressive than veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, researchers say. Study leader Eric B. Elbogen of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and psychologist in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said the survey was conducted from July 2009 to April 2010.

Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek 'Up and About' Following Heart Attack
ABC News
Dr. Cam Patterson, physician-in-chief at the University of North Carolina Heart and Vascular Center, said Trebek's doctors were likely studying whether Trebek was at risk for another heart attack and how much damage his heart endured.

State and Local News

UNC: Eating disorder common among women aged 50+
Triangle Business Journal
A study done by the Eating Disorders program at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine, shows older women aged more than 50 years may have eating disorder problem that is more common than originally thought.

Health care reform questions still loom in state, despite court's ruling
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The vigil for a decision from the Supreme Court on “Obamacare” is over, but across the Triangle uncertainty over the future of health care isn’t. “This settles the case legally but not politically,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of Social Medicine and Health Policy and Management at the UNC-Chapel Hill, who studies and teaches about health-care reform.

Now, learning to do business with care shift
The Triangle Business Journal
... In North Carolina, more than 1.57 million residents are uninsured which amounts to about 17 percent of the population. And with more people being covered under the law, it could lead to more primary care, says Dr. Brian Goldstein, UNC Health Care chief operating officer. That means doctors will have to do a better job of coordinating care because more people will be coming through the doors.

UNC Doctor: "Pleasantly Surprised" With SC Ruling
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will have a major impact on the future of health and medicine, both nationwide and here in the Triangle—and at least one doctor says he’s glad the Court ruled the way it did. "I'm pleasantly surprised...and I think it's a good day for the 50 million uninsured Americans," says Adam Goldstein, professor at UNC Family Medicine and the co-host of WCHL’s “Your Health.” He says when it takes full effect, the Affordable Care Act will help open the door for all Americans to have access to quality health care.

UNC wants to expand overtaxed burn unit
The Triangle Business Journal
The N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals, one of only two such specialty care operations in the state, ran 7 percent over capacity in 2011, and its leaders hope to add four beds in an attempt to keep up with patient demand. Even after the additions, which would bring the unit to 25 beds, projections show the burn center would still run at a nearly 100 percent capacity every day. “We stay busy here,” says Dr. Bruce A. Cairns, the center’s medical director.
Related Link:

UNC’s Saskia Neher selected as 2012 Pew Scholar
The Chapel Hill Herald
Saskia B. Neher, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, was one of 22 of America’s most promising scientists to be named Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

UNC Health Care board changed in finalized bill

NBC 17
The General Assembly has agreed to give more authority to the University of North Carolina system's governing board in choosing who will oversee its state hospital system. Thursday's final approval by the Legislature seeks to cement a facet of a deal reached last month between UNC Health Care and WakeMed Health & Hospitals that ended its high-profile fight.
Related Link:

Share This: