Sept. 17 - 21, 2012

Child heart patients reunite with caregivers
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...On Saturday afternoon, he and his parents, Victoria Dixon and James Duncan, joined other families whose children had heart surgeries at N.C. Children’s Hospital. The annual Kids’ Healthy Hearts Reunion held at Trinity School was a time of fun, games and reuniting with other patients and medical staff. ...“More than anything, the staff at UNC is wonderful,” Dixon said. “They pick your mood up. They really treat you like family. It’s really a loving and nurturing environment,” she said.

Nasal spray may be able to help autistic children
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...The Horsmans participated in a pilot study at UNC's Aspire program, which offered a nasal spray containing oxytocin. "Oxytocin is a naturally produced peptide in the brain," UNC psychiatrist Dr. Linmarie Sikich said.

Four faculty lauded
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Four promising professors in diverse fields have been awarded the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty at UNC Chapel Hill. The recipients are Evan Dellon, assistant professor of medicine and an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology in the School of Medicine; Malinda Maynor Lowery, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences; Kimryn Rathmell, associate professor in the departments of medicine and genetics in the School of Medicine; and Yang Yang, associate professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Scientists See Upside And Downside Of Sequencing Their Own Genes
"Morning Edition" National Public Radio
...That type of reaction isn't surprising, says James Evans, a geneticist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "Your genome is a complex and not necessarily a real warm and fuzzy place," he says. Some people will want to know everything. But a lot of people won't. And what do we do if we stumble across something we weren't looking for?

North Carolina Coach Roy Williams has surgery to remove tumor,0,3157353.story
The Los Angeles Times
North Carolina basketball Coach Roy Williams underwent 3 1/2 hours of surgery Wednesday to remove a tumor on his right kidney. Doctors said they did not know whether the tumor was cancerous but were confident Williams could soon resume his coaching duties.
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Roy Williams undergoes surgery to remove kidney tumor
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Williams, 62, revealed that he needed surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney. He had the procedure Wednesday morning at UNC Hospitals, where Dr. Eric Wallen led a team of surgeons that conducted a robotic partial nephrectomy. The surgery “went well and according to plan,” Wallen said in a statement the school released.
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