Aug. 5 - 9, 2013

International Coverage:

Incense smoke hits lungs, can trigger asthma
Times of India
Incense smoke, common in Indian homes, has been found to be harmful to human lungs. Burning incense generates indoor air pollutants that cause inflammation in human lung cells, researchers from the University of North Carolina say. The researchers analyzed particulate concentrations and levels of gases such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and formaldehyde.

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Quinn mandates insurance for student athletes in Illinois,0,219736.story?track=rss
The Chicago Tribune
...Clark is far from alone in suffering a life-altering injury on the playing field. From 1977 to 2006, a University of North Carolina study found, 222 junior high and high school football players sustained catastrophic spinal cord injuries. With mandatory insurance coverage, Williams said, parents and athletes won't have to worry about making ends meet if tragedy strikes and coaches can feel better about asking parents to sign waiver forms.

State and Local Coverage:

NC study cut hospital readmissions among state's sickest, poorest patients
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A North Carolina study on reducing costly hospital visits cut readmissions by 20 percent among the sickest and poorest patients who are most prone to relying on hospitals for their medical care. ...The study was written up by three CCNC officials and a UNC-Chapel Hill medicine professor and published in the August issue of Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed policy and research journal based in Bethesda, Md.

Nurse practitioners train to help fill primary care gap
WNCN-TV (NBC/Raleigh)
..."If you don't have enough primary care providers, there are people who will go without care," says Debra Barksdale, Associate Professor and UNC Director of DNP program. Barksdale has been a nurse practitioner for 26 years. In the next couple of weeks, the UNC nursing school plans to train nurse practitioners to do more clinical patient care. And Barksdale says there is no shortage of applicants.

Students get look at rural medicine in WNC
Black Mountain News
…Paylor is one of seven students in the Sarah Graham Kenan Rural and Underserved Medical Scholars program. The students were assigned to practices from Sylva to Linville and they recently completed their work. This is the first year for the program, which is funded by Kenan family, according to Dr. Robyn Latessa, campus director for the UNC School of Medicine-Asheville and medical director for the Rural Scholars program. It is a collaboration between the UNC School of Medicine and Mountain Area Health Education Center, or MAHEC.

Life Stories: Busy surgeon always found time for others
News & Observer
…Sheldon, who died this summer at 78, was chairman of the Department of Surgery at UNC Hospitals for 17 years. His legacy is that of a leader who never forgot he was working with, and for, individuals. His accomplishments had far-reaching improvements on health care for North Carolinians.

Health education center program names director
Winston-Salem Journal
The N.C. Area Health Education Center program, which includes Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as a member, said Wednesday that Dr. Warren Newton has been named as its director, effective Sept. 1. In his previous role as vice dean for education at the UNC School of Medicine, Newton was involved with AHEC and the expansion of opportunities for medical students, residents and practice support across the state.

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UNC-Chapel Hill bags $5.6M grant for new osteoarthritis research center
Triangle Business Journal
UNC-Chapel Hill has nabbed a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a new osteoarthritis research center. The center will seek better ways to address the costly public health issue that affects more than 27 million people. Osteoarthritis differs from the broader term arthritis in that it causes joint swelling and degeneration. And, as the population ages and gets heavier, the numbers are expected to increase.

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