Nov. 12 - 16, 2012

Arthritis pain can turn up in surprising places
USA Today

... New ways of managing the disease affecting 27 million Americans can prevent the crippling pain from spreading and improve overall health, according to Joanne Jordan, chairman of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative's Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative. "We need to treat the pain early on before it gets generalized," says Jordan, director of the University of North Carolina's Thurston Arthritis Research Center. "When pain becomes generalized, things that ordinarily wouldn't hurt are hurtful. For instance, you can pat someone on the shoulder and their shoulder, which might not be near the afflicted joint, will hurt. They'll wince or cry out in pain."

In a life ended too early, she made key scientific gains
News & Observer

Prior to her death, Dr. Larysa Pevny was researching the neuro stem cells that develop into the retina. Her work was building a foundation to cure blindness. As the Director of the UNC Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Pevny had spent her career pioneering a science that takes the building blocks of life and puts them to use curing ailments

Caldwell Memorial in Lenoir to join UNC system
News & Observer
Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir announced Friday that it will move forward with negotiations to join the UNC Health Care System after a unanimous vote by its Board of Directors.
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North Carolina Children's Hospital's top-notch care fit for a queen
News 14 Carolina
“Valerie came to us about a year ago this time last year. Ewing Sarcoma is a pretty rare tumor we deal with in childhood,” said Dr. Stuart Gold, chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at North Carolina Children's Hospital
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Fighting Off Age at the Pharmacy Counter (Blog)
The New York Times
...Some people will say, yes, they’ll do anything to have smoother skin and fewer trips to the bathroom. Others, like Dr. Nortin Hadler, author of “Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society” (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, argue that older adults need to accept changes associated with aging as normal, not abnormal, and learn how to adapt rather than fight a losing battle against the inevitable.

Black Women Still Fare Poorly with Breast Cancer
MedPage Today
Breast cancer continued to exact a heavier toll on black women than on whites, according to a study from the CDC. Black patients had a 41% higher breast cancer mortality than white women during 2005 to 2009, despite having a lower incidence of the disease. (Note: Dr. Lisa Carey, the Richardson and Marilyn Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research in the School of Medicine is featured in a video that accompanies this article.)

Antidepressants During Pregnancy Carry Risks, Study Says
The Huffington Post
...But Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, dismissed the notion that antidepressants are the standard recommendation for pregnant women with depressive symptoms. The review fails to account for the "many, many risks" associated with untreated depression, particularly among women whose depression is severe, she said. Chief among those, she said, is the potential for self-harm.

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