Sept. 4 - 7, 2012

Can Ryan's Medicare plan trim escalating costs?
The Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wis.)
...Jonathan Oberlander, a professor at the University of North Carolina, wrote that in 2007, and his prediction that the debate over the role of government and markets has proved true. As the frenzy of contentions and attack ads shows, Medicare has emerged as a key issue in the presidential campaign with Republican candidate Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate.

RTI pharmacologist to receive award
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Anthony Hickey, distinguished fellow and senior research pharmacologist at RTI International, has been selected to receive the Research Achievement Award from the Division of Particulate Preparations and Design of the Society of Powder Technology, Japan. ...In addition to his position at RTI, Hickey is an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and founder and president of Cirrus Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Study: Heavy drinking rewires brain
United Press International
A study using mice found heavy alcohol use rewires the brain making it harder for alcoholics to recover from a traumatic experience, U.S. researchers say. Study author Thomas Kash of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine said those who drank heavily were at increased risk for traumatic events such as car accidents and domestic violence, but that only partially explained the connection.

‘Patients Over Politics’ tour comes to Durham
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
...Durham resident Cedric Bright, a physician at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, said the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, “but is a viable solution to change some of our health-care dynamics.” He said the public should be informed and vote. “What we say is that what’s most important are individual rights, and we should make sure that we as individuals express our rights, and get out and vote in the upcoming election.”

Researchers receive autism grants
The Chapel Hill Herald
Two autism researchers in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have each been awarded $12.6 million grants in the latest round of funding from the National Institutes of Health’s Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) research program. UNC, which was ranked No. 2 among the top 25 institutions in the world publishing autism research in 2010 by the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, is one of only two institutions that have received more than one Autism Centers of Excellence grant.

Postpartum Depression And Poverty: Breaking The Cycle
The Huffington Post
...Why? Because "the biggest predictive factor for postpartum depression is a history of depression in general," explained Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And the likelihood of all depression increases as income decreases, triggered by the greater instability of an impoverished life.

Genes guide medication decisions, potential treatment
The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia)
...Among those speaking will be Dr. Howard L. McLeod, a professor of medicine and pharmacy at the University of North Carolina Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy. For the past few years, the university has teamed with community pharmacies in Chapel Hill to look at patients taking the anti-platelet drug Plavix, or clopidogrel, the ninth-most commonly prescribed drug in the U.S., according to the latest ranking from

Study: Alcohol increases anxiety in mice
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
Heavy drinking can affect your judgment, your family, your work life and your health. According to a new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and UNC’s Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, chronic alcohol consumption also rewires the brain.

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