May 14 - 18, 2012

Proton beams vs. radiation
The Boston Globe
...Dr. Ronald Chen, a radiation oncologist from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who led the study, acknowledged that it had limitations but said the suggestion that proton therapy is not better - and might even have worse side effects - adds urgency to answering the question definitively.

What Geneticists Think You Should Know
The Wall Street Journal
...Jonathan Berg, an assistant professor of genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says he ruled against labs giving back findings on Huntington’s disease and other mutations like APOE, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, because there aren’t any effective interventions yet.

Gene research could hold key to postpartum depression
WNCN-TV (NBC/Raleigh)
...Researchers in the U.K., however, have found a gene variant that could predispose women to postpartum depression. UNC will be one of 25 sites worldwide to test thousands of pregnant women to try to prove a genetic link to depression. Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of UNC’s Perinatal Psychiatry Program, says those findings could open the door to better treatment.

William Friday hospitalized in critical condition
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
William Friday, a North Carolina icon and retired president of the University of North Carolina system, was in critical condition Wednesday at UNC Hospitals. A UNC spokesman confirmed the hospitalization, but no further details were available about the health of Friday, who is 91.
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Should killer of six be given a new hip before execution?
The Associated Press
...The difficulty in finding a surgeon illustrates the "gray area" between the law's requirement of treatment for inmates and a hospital's ability to turn down those patients, said Rebecca Walker, an associate professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. "Everyone would probably agree he ought to get his care somewhere. It's a collective responsibility," Walker said in a phone interview. "Who does it is the question."

WRAL Investigates: Tracking your donated goods
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Dr. David Kaufman received $10,000 this year, with $30,000 more promised by August. He said he’s thrilled the money will help pay for expensive analysis of his data and that, from his perspective, groups like Slaga’s help fill a void. “The university has catalogs full of sources of that sort,” Kaufman said. Slaga said he believes his charity will grow and will continue helping cancer research.

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