June 4 - 8, 2012

Treatment for Penis Curvature Sees Results
The New York Times
It can be painful and embarrassing for men: a disease that causes a curvature of the penis that makes intercourse difficult or impossible. ... The results “are not overwhelming and dramatic,” said Dr. Culley C. Carson III, a professor of urology at the University of North Carolina and an investigator in the trial. But, he added, “it’s a major advantage over what we have now, which is nothing.”

Breastfeeding: Why Do So Many Moms Fall Short Of Their Goals?
The Huffington Post
..."It's alarming that 40 percent of healthy babies whose mothers wanted to exclusively breastfeed were nevertheless given formula in the hospital -- and it underscores the low quality of care that's provided in maternity hospitals in the U.S.," said Dr. Alison Stuebe, an OB-GYN and assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina. Stuebe was not associated with the research. 

UNC Research Team Takes Steps Toward Possible HIV Cure
WCHL 1360-AM (Chapel Hill)
Last week, a national peer-review journal featured the findings of a team of researchers at the UNC School of Medicine—and those results might help scientists across the world in the ongoing fight against AIDS. Dr. David Margolis conducted the research, along with a team of physicians. He says the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focused on a latent reservoir of HIV that hides in cells for an extended period of time.

High-deductible insurance plans become more common
The Washington Post
...“There’s no question that high deductibles are spreading,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina. “That’s a pretty significant trend, and I don’t expect it’s going to slow up anytime soon. Employers like it because they’re providing less coverage. If they can relabel it as consumer-driven then it even sounds good.”

Slashing anti-tobacco programs will cost money, lives (Guest Column)
The Herald Sun (Durham)
The North Carolina legislature is poised to dramatically reduce and probably eventually eliminate the state’s nationally recognized tobacco use prevention and cessation program. Over the last nine years, this program, currently funded with $17 million annually from the state tobacco settlement funds, has achieved dramatic results. ... Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, is director of the University of North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program.

UNC Health Care CEO says he doesn’t expect opposition to new Wake psychiatric hospital
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC Health Care CEO Bill Roper said Monday he doesn’t expect the leadership of Holly Hill, the private psychiatric hospital in Wake County, to object to UNC’s recent proposal to build its own psychiatric facility in the county. “Our people have talked to the leadership at Holly Hill and those conversations have been cordial,” he said. “They have a different part of this system that they serve but we want to work closely together.”

HIV/AIDS Conference In Raleigh
...But Hazirjian says UNC research shows – early treatment of H-I-V dramatically reduces new infections. She says one main goal of the HIV-AIDS Advocacy Conference is to push lawmakers for continued funding for prevention efforts – especially in rural areas

N.C. Children’s Hospital named one of nation’s best
The Chapel Hill Herald
For the fifth year in a row, N.C. Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been recognized by U.S. News Media Group as one of the nation’s best. N.C. Children’s Hospital ranks in 10 out of 10 clinical categories in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” list, including a top 10 ranking in pediatric pulmonology.

UNC testing ways to make breast cancer treatment more efficient
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Breast cancer patients who develop a resistance to cancer-fighting drugs could be helped by a new technique being pioneered by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.

National survey grades Triangle hospitals on patient safety
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Just as diners compare restaurants by their sanitation scores, patients can now compare hospitals’ safety by letter grades compiled by a group of national medical experts. ... Triangle hospitals received a range of scores, from A for UNC Hospitals and Rex Hospital to B for Duke University Hospital and C for WakeMed Raleigh Campus and Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn.

A World Without Aids?
When the AIDS epidemic hit in the 1980s, it was a scourge unlike any other, one that weakened the body’s defenses and left victims to die an agonizingly slow death. ... Host Frank Stasio gets an update on the latest HIV research breakthroughs and considers how a world without AIDS would affect politics, healthcare and the economy with Daniel Halperin, an epidemiologist and medical anthropologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of the new book “Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic, and How the World Can Overcome It" (Penguin/2012); Dr. Myron Cohen, an HIV/AIDS researcher from UNC with many titles including Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Public Health Director at the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases...

New Programs: Criminology, Marine Science, Cybersecurity, International Studies, Medicine and Business, Facility Management
Inside Higher Ed
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has started a five-year dual M.D.-M.B.A. program.

Fetal genome deduced from parental DNA
...James Evans, a professor of genetics and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, agrees that the idea is not yet ready for the clinic. “We don’t know how to interpret the vast majority of variations we find in the genome,” he says. He also warns that parents have very little time to make life-or-death decisions. “The stakes are high,” he says. “Many are testing to decide about termination.”

RTP-born device promises to find ills in eyes of babies
Triangle Business Journal
... Dr. Michelle Cabrera, a UNC School of Medicine assistant professor and practicing pediatric eye doctor, has used the device to scan the eyes of infants. While the Envisu itself is about the size of a typical monitoring station found in a hospital, the scan is done with a hand-held device.

Many Mysteries Unsolved in Binge-Eating Disorder
Psychiatric News
While maltreatment, teasing, and bullying have been identified as BED risk factors, other childhood risk factors for BED also need to be identified, Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., director of the eating disorders program at the University of North Carolina, stressed.

Creating a safer community
Chapel Hill News
A column written by Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH; Seth C. Brody, MD, MPH; and Beth S. Posner, Esq.

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