Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2012

UNC team targets cancer-helper protein
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Exactly how do proteins help cancer cells survive? Despite advances in research, this remains a mystery – and solving it could lead to new treatments that interfere with or block these proteins. Recent research conducted by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics may help.

Experimental drugs show promise in lowering cholesterol
USA Today

...Significantly, the new drugs haven't yet been shown to actually reduce heart attacks or deaths, says cardiologist Cam Patterson, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. And while the drugs caused few side effects in this study, doctors will need to conduct larger trials to show they're really safe, he says.

Many HIV patients skip medications to drink: study
Reuters (Wire Service)

...People who skipped medications while drinking were also more likely to have higher levels of HIV in their bodies and lower numbers of CD4 cells, a measure of immune system health. "I think it's pretty well demonstrated that alcohol use is tied to poor adherence, and I think most people think it's because they're impaired in some way or they forget... whereas here it shows they're (often) intentionally missing their medications," said Catherine Grodensky, a researcher at the Center for AIDS Research at the University of North Carolina.

Aetna reaches agreement with UNC Health Care Sys.
Winston-Salem Journal

Aetna said Thursday that it has reached a multiyear agreement with the UNC Health Care System that brings the system within the insurer’s network for the first time since February 2011.

Rex, WakeMed, Duke vying for 12 lucrative rehab beds
Triangle Business Journal

Hospital executives have kicked up the level of their competitive juices again, this time in a battle for rehabilitation services.

Healthy benefits if Obamacare survives
News & Observer
As election day approaches, health care reform stands at an historic crossroads. Will we continue to implement the Affordable Care Act, as President Barack Obama wants, or repeal the 2010 health reform law, as Gov. Mitt Romney pledges to do? (Written by Jonathan Oberlander).

NC medical schools increase enrollment
Daily Tar Heel
Dr. Robert Bashford, associate dean for admissions at the UNC School of Medicine, said that in response to the looming shortage of doctors nationally and in the state, the school has increased its class size by 20 students in the last two years. The school admitted 180 out of 5,125 applicants this year.

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