Oct. 15 - 19, 2012

The Election's Choice on Health Care Reform
Fox Business News

...But while the Republican has been very specific about wanting to repeal the Obama health care law, he has been vague on how a Romney administration would replace it, says Jonathan Oberlander, professor of social medicine and health policy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Patients have few ways to learn source of medications
USA Today

...Richard Boortz-Marx, associate professor of anesthesiology and chief of the pain division at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, says doctors may not be able to answer patients' questions. "Probably most physicians have little if any idea as to where their supply of medications are coming from or manufactured by, unless it is on the particular vial, in which case they may be able to answer," Boortz-Marx says.

Fibroids common among women; treatments vary
The Star News (Wilmington)

...Because there are so many variables, there is no one course of treatment for fibroids. "There are a lot of options," said Dr. Matthew Siedhoff, director of the Fibroid Care Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. "Much of it relates to what symptoms there are, and their extent, or if there are concerns about fertility."

Veterans to be diverted from jail to treatment
The Register Citizen (Torrington, Conn.)

When the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs recently advertised a job opening for a veterans’ service officer, 73 veterans applied, many of them younger men and women who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...The research team, led by the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill School of Medicine, also noted strong correlations between criminal behavior and factors not related to military service, such as a troubled family background or history of substance abuse.

UNC, WakeMed, Vidant vie for contract
The Triangle Business Journal

Johnston Health has narrowed a search for potential partners and will schedule meetings with various health systems to seek out an affiliation. The hospital system in Johnston County asked UNC Health Care, Vidant Health (formerly University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina) and WakeMed Health & Hospitals to give proposals for a joint partnership.

Figuring out the mysteries of triple negative
The Philadelphia Inquirer

...Recent studies "also raise interesting questions about traditional risk factors," according to University of North Carolina breast cancer researcher Lisa Carey. For example, having several children starting at a young age may actually increase the chance of triple negative - just the opposite of the effect on estrogen-fueled cancers.

Is that right? Squatting on potty better than sitting?
The Washington Post

I asked two gastroenterologists, William Whitehead, director of the University of North Carolina’s Center for Functional Gastrointestinal and Motility Disorders, and John Clarke, clinical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology. In short, both agreed that while there’s no substantive science linking squatting to any particular health benefit, it’s physiologically plausible that squatting might make it easier to empty one’s bowels.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Do Current Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Neglect Race?
The Huffington Post

..."It just doesn't make sense," said Dr. Cedric Bright, a general internist who is an associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former NMA president. "I've seen enough prostate cancer that started early and was more aggressive."

UNC profs picked among elite docs across the nation
The Triangle Business Journal
Two professors at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, considered one of the nation’s highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Dr. Myron Cohen and Dr. Terry R. Magnuson were named among the 70 new members of this year’s class.

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