Aug. 19 - 23, 2013

International Coverage

From counter-culture to mainstream: Why the red-hot tattoo boom is bound to end
The National Post
…“Fashion, by definition, has a fear of commitment. Consequently, the permanence of tattoos is terrifying,” wrote Jill A. Fisher, professor of social medicine at the University of North Carolina. In the journal Body and Society, she describes an historical tattoo boom, at the end of the 19th century in New York, when technological advance and cultural exchange led to a craze among the upper classes for Japanese style tattoos.

National Coverage

As Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome Increases, So Do Concerns About Counseling
The Huffington Post
…Anne Drapkin Lyerly, a bioethicist and trained OB-GYN with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explained that amnios are typically done with a lot of face-to-face communication. Blood tests tend not to get deployed as carefully. "I think some of the challenges that are faced are these questions of counseling," Lyerly said. "How much do you need to talk to somebody before they have a blood test?"

Regional Coverage

Penn summer research program inspires premed students
The Philadelphia Inquirer
… Students said they hoped to stay in touch with their program mentors throughout medical school. George Chao, who was in the program in 2003 and 2004, talks regularly with Katz. "What that program is really strong about is giving you your own project, sink or swim," said Chao, now finishing up a medical degree and doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Number of kids with peanut allergies increasing
KGET-TV (NBC/Bakersfield, Calif.)
…Dr. Wesley Burks at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine has been studying ways of desensitizing patients to peanuts. He's seen some success with his studies of oral immunotherapy. In a controlled setting, doctors give very tiny amounts of peanut protein to patients, slowly increasing the dose and teaching the immune system there's nothing to fear.

State & Local Coverage

Op-Ed: Rucker – Let’s find a litigation vaccine for rising health costs
Fayetteville Observer
… The UNC School of Medicine actually enables its faculty physicians - state employees paid by taxpayers - to be expert witnesses. The bylaws for UNC Faculty Physicians specifically state that all services, including expert witness testimonies, must be billed by UNC Faculty Physicians, not the individual faculty member (See "UNC Faculty Physicians Faculty Affairs Code, Appendix A"). Monies received are split between the physician providing the testimony and nonappropriated funds (slush funds) managed by the medical school dean and the department chief.

UNC Health Care opens pelvic clinics in Raleigh, Hillsborough
Triangle Business Journal
UNC Health Care has opened two clinics in Raleigh and Hillsborough focused on treating women suffering from pelvic disorders. The clinics are the only multidisciplinary care sites in North Carolina and are two of just a handful of clinics in the United States specializing in non-cancerous gynecological problems and female pelvic medicine, according to the health care system. There is also a Pelvic Health Clinic at the N.C. Women’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Learning to TEACCH children with autism
The Chapel Hill News
…Each day, trainees focus on a different curriculum area, such as communication, social skills, academics or behavior management. They listen to a lecture in the morning, observe experienced teachers in a model classroom and then work in a team to design their own activities to try out in the classroom with the children. “Usually activities don’t work out the first time,” said Laura Klinger, a TEACCH psychologist and the director of TEACCH at UNC. “And then they come and fix it and go try again. It’s a very busy five days for our participants.”

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