Oct. 22 - 26, 2012

Diabetes Study Ends Early With a Surprising Result
The New York Times

...Some, like Dr. John Buse, director of the University of North Carolina’s diabetes center, said the study confirmed what they would have expected. Dr. Buse, a former president of the American Diabetes Association, said treatments including smoking cessation, statins to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure medications are so powerful that they could swamp the modest effects of weight loss or exercise on cardiovascular risk.

Doctors dispute 'inaccurate' abortion claim from Rep. Joe Walsh
The Los Angeles Times

...Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill who has provided abortions for four decades and formerly led a department that studied abortion safety at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, described some potentially life-threatening circumstances. In his practice, he said, he’s often cared for women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer or leukemia whose oncologists refuse to administer treatment until the pregnancy is over.
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Doctors say abortions do sometimes save women's lives
USA Today

..Conditions that might lead to ending a pregnancy to save a woman's life include severe infections, heart failure and severe cases of preeclampsia, a condition in which a woman develops very high blood pressure and is at risk for stroke, says Erika Levi, a obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "There are certain cases where ending the pregnancy is the only option, cases where it would be putting the mother's life at risk to continue the pregnancy," she says.

Health insurance choices become complicated amid rising costs
The Tampa Bay Times (Florida)

...Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina, said the plans may reflect the best attempt by smaller employers to provide some level of coverage. But, he said, they are also a way for large companies to pass on more costs to employees. Calling these plans consumer-driven "sort of connotes that it's good for consumers," he said. "But it's just less coverage."

With breast cancer breakthrough, one step closer to a cure
The Miami Herald (Florida)

...Charles Perou, the lead author of last month’s study, has long been supported by Komen grants for his breast cancer research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For this project, researchers examined the genetic profiles of 825 tissue samples from breast cancer patients.

UNC School of Medicine professors elected to institute
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Two professors in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, according to a news release. Dr. Myron S. Cohen, J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology and associate vice chancellor for global health, was announced as a new member. In addition, Terry R. Magnuson, a professor, the chair of the department of genetics, and vice dean for research in the School of Medicine, is also a new member.

Drugstore Genomes: Who’s Pushing the Sequencing Industry?

...But as prices keep falling, the audience is likely to expand. Can the average mom or dad handle knowing all about the risks lurking in their kids’ DNA? “Everyone at this point is flying by the seat of their pants,” says Jim Evans, a medical geneticist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who is editor-in-chief of Genetics in Medicine. “The technology is outpacing us.”

Debates And Debauchery: Drinking Games In 2012
National Public Radio

...As with everything else in America these days, there is a debate over Debate Drinking Games. "Drinking games generally have the goal of encouraging alcohol consumption to levels of intoxication and, commonly, much higher than the legal limit of intoxication," says James Garbutt, a psychiatry professor and director of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Books untangle complex health-care questions
The Los Altos Town Crier (California)

...Many of us are conditioned to view every unusual symptom we experience as a harbinger of an insidious disease. (Dr. Norton) Hadler, a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina, urges readers to relax and worry less about the disease lurking around the corner. His solution to health care is not in more care, but in better, more considered care for those who are truly sick and suffering.

Bonus pay multiplies at UNC Health Care
The Triangle Business Journal

Even as UNC Health Care leaders have held back on pay raises for employees during a tough economic period that has legislators peering into the system’s finances, they have been increasingly generous in doling out pay bumps in the form of bonuses, or incentives.

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