Aug. 12 - 16, 2013

National Coverage

Risk of Adult Anxiety Seen in Children’s Stomachaches
The New York Times
Children with chronic stomach pains are at high risk for anxiety disorders in adolescence and young adulthood, a new study has found ...But Miranda van Tilburg, an associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, cautioned parents against leaping to the conclusion that a child’s unexplained stomach pain is “all anxiety based, because we don’t know that.”

Childhood stomach aches may lead to anxiety, depression as an adult
CBS News
…Miranda van Tilburg, an associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine who was not involved in the study, explained to the New York Times that it isn't always known what the root of these tummy troubles are, but parents should be open to all possibilities. Being referred to a mental health professional by a pediatrician doesn't necessarily mean psychological issues are to blame. 

State & Local Coverage

Lawmakers zap $15M from UNC School of Medicine (chart)
Triangle Business Journal
In addition to the budget cuts handed to North Carolina’s public universities this year, the state legislature made specific cuts to the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Cancer Fund.

It reduced a special appropriation to the School of Medicine, part of UNC-Chapel Hill, from $15 million to zero and cut $8 million from the Cancer Fund. Click on the chart to the right to see how the appropriation to the School of Medicine has decreased since 2008.

Lawmakers cut UNC Cancer Fund’s budget by 16%
Triangle Business Journal
The legislature cut the UNC Cancer Fund by $8 million, or 16 percent. Beginning with the opening of the N.C. Cancer Hospital on the UNC campus in 2007, the state has given $50 million every year to the University Cancer Research Fund for research in the hospital and in the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Is NC Medicaid Broken or Award-Winning?
…And some advocates and researchers say the program could lose boots on the ground like Diggs-Jones and Wilson. Dr. Darren DeWalt of the UNC School of Medicine says that might work in a risk-based model, but it hasn't happened in other states.

"They have risk-based managed care, but they don't have networks of practices working together on the local level to improve care delivery," Dr. DeWalt said.

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