May 7 - 11, 2012

National News

Mothers cling to chubby ideal for toddlers: study,0,1218712.story
Reuters (Wire Service)
..."That suggests we may have a lot of parents who are trying to fatten up their babies," said Dr. Eliana Perrin of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who wrote a commentary on the research in the same journal. Doctors say the obesity epidemic may be eroding a general impression among the public of what healthy looks like in a toddler, and that suggests pediatricians need to be much more candid with parents about their child's weight.
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U.S. obesity rate is still gaining,0,5924755.story
NBC News Channel
...New research found many mothers of overweight toddlers misjudged their child's body size, often assuming the kids were actually at a healthy weight.  And 20 percent of mothers of healthy, average-sized children wanted their kids to put on a few more pounds.  This is a good time for pediatricians to step in with a growth chart -- and assure parents of healthy children they're on the right track. "When we as pediatricians don't provide that reassurance they may actually be trying to fatten their children up," said Eliana Perrin of University of North Carolina.

Most Moms Wrong About Babies' Body Size
The Huffington Post
...In an editorial accompanying the new Archives study, Dr. Eliana Perrin of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, argued that the findings matter deeply, because having an accurate sense of a child's weight influences parents' readiness to make weight-related behavioral challenges. In other words, misperceptions can be a barrier to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.

Some Moms Unaware Toddlers Are Overweight (Blog)
...In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Eliana Perrin, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill, wrote that pediatricians should screen a child’s body mass index (BMI) with parents starting at age 2 and discuss it in a culturally sensitive manner with parents, along with dietary and activity recommendations.

Postpartum-depression clinic helps women become happy moms
KABC-TV (ABC/Los Angeles, Calif.)
...At the nation's first free-standing perinatal psychiatry center at University of North Carolina Hospital, specially trained nurses, therapists and lactation consultants offer a range of intensive sessions to assist moms with coping and relaxation. ..."To help the mother, to help the mom interact with the baby, we also want to help the mother develop confidence that she can deal with stress anxiety and coping skills around this new role," said Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody from the University of North Carolina.

State and Local News

Doctor hammers away for better care
The Morganton News Herald
Between 8,000 and 10,000. That’s how many babies he thinks he has delivered during his career. Dr. Alfred W. Hamer Jr. is a fourth generation doctor and recent recipient of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

N.C. State/UNC project explores external devices for helping the mobility-impaired
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...This is what observation looks like in the Physiology of Wearable Robotics laboratory in Raleigh, a joint project of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NCSU and UNC Chapel Hill. By using gadgets and devices adapted from other disciplines, motion researchers here are no longer limited to measuring only what they physically observe.

SAS, Blue Cross team up on patient care
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
That effort included last year’s formation of a think tank at its Cary headquarters, the SAS Center for Health Analytics and Insights, which is spearheading the collaboration with Blue Cross. In November, SAS teamed up with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop a new product to improve patient care.

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