Oct. 1 - 5

Training for Alzheimer's caregivers doesn't go far enough, advocates say
The Tennessean (Nashville)
...Sheryl Zimmerman, a professor at the University of North Carolina who has authored several studies on assisted living and dementia, said those working with Alzheimer’s residents need to learn how to redirect patients when they become agitated. “It might be that music will calm a person down or it might be a little one on one,” she said. And she said what works one time might not work the next.

Chapel Hill, Carrboro turning pink to support UNC cancer patients
The Chapel Hill Herald
More than 50 Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses and community groups have already begun turning the towns pink to raise funds for UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Comprehensive Cancer Support Program. This program is dedicated to helping patients and their caregivers with cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship.

Hospitals probed on use of drug discounts
The Charlotte Observer
U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Congress’ leading critic of nonprofit abuses, has asked three of North Carolina’s largest hospitals to share information about their use of a rapidly growing discount drug program, saying they don’t appear to be passing along the “massive” savings to patients. Instead, the discounts appear to be subsidizing “bottom line operating margins,” Grassley wrote in a letter that was emailed Friday to the heads of Duke University Health System, UNC Hospitals and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Genetic Prostate Cancer Test May Reduce Repeat Biopsies
Bloomberg Businessweek
...“It’s not a small thing to subject a patient to a second biopsy,” said Eric Wallen, a professor of urology at the University of North Carolina who began using the test three months ago. With a negative result from ConfirmMDx, “I can reassure patients that I’ve got a test here that tells me I can be quite confident that there isn’t a cancer hiding that I missed.”

Will Low-Cost Genome Sequencing Open 'Pandora's Box'?
"Morning Edition" National Public Radio
..."You know, it's a seductive thought to think, well, you know, we might as well know about stuff," said James Evans of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the American College of Medical Genetics. But for most people, sequencing will be just a big waste of time and money, he said. "We don't just get MRIs on everybody who comes to the doctor's office. Not only would that be ridiculously expensive and uninformative," says Evans, "it could also lead to all kinds of false positives that would be highly problematic for those people."

NC Children's Hospital hosts caregiver reunion
News 14 Carolina
A heartfelt gathering took place in Chapel Hill Sunday, as hundreds of babies and their families reunited with their caregivers. It was part of the North Carolina Children's Hospital newborn critical care center's graduates reunion.

Skinny genes: could heredity raise your vulnerability to 'be-thin' pressure?
HealthDay News (Wire Service)
..."Basically, we vary in how permeable we are to environmental toxins -- including media pressures about the thin ideal -- and that variation can have its roots in genes," said Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, in Chapel Hill. She was not associated with this study.

Skinny Genes Control Body Image, Study Finds
"Good Morning America" ABC News
...Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina eating disorders program and author of "The Woman in the Mirror," said this is an important finding because women and girls who have high thin idealization scores tend to be at greater risk for developing poor body image and eating disorders.

Genes Predict Women's Desire To Be Thin, Study Says
The Huffington Post
..."Someone with high thin-ideal internalization will walk past a rack of women's magazines, compare herself with the models, feel inferior, think that she has to make changes to look more like them. And that will propel unhealthy dieting behavior and even disordered eating," said Cynthia Bulik, director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program and author of "The Woman in the Mirror," who was not involved in the study.

Troubled kids in ER: Psych illness or just unruly? (Blog)
NBC News.com
...The ER, however, is not the best location for pediatric mental health concerns, according to child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Smith at University of North Carolina Hospitals. “The emergency department can be traumatizing for a child,” she says. “Also, appropriate staff may not be readily available for assessments or recommendations, leading to very long waits for these children.”

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