Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013

The year in review
Smithfield Herald
In 2012, Johnston Health slowly narrowed its choices. It got seven proposals in February, narrowed the field to five in May and announced three finalists in October. Now, it’s a race between UNC-Rex, WakeMed and Vidant Health.

UNC hospitals switch to restaurant-delivery model to offer more options for patients
News & Observer
When Angelo Mojica took over food service seven years ago at UNC hospitals, the number of patients satisfied with their meals was 11 percent.

A healthy opportunity: Jeff Miller
Triad Business Journal
In early 2013, High Point Regional Health System will join UNC Health Care in a move destined to see the Triad’s largest independent hospital become part of another system and leaves hospital officials confident better financial times lie ahead.

Study: Alzheimer’s linked to brain changes at birth
Researchers at the University of North Carolina school of Medicine have found that certain brain patterns in adults with Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and autism can also be seen in the brain scans of infants. “These results suggest that prenatal brain development may be a very important influence on psychiatric risk later in life,” said lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychiatry at UNC, Rebecca C. Knickmeyer. In addition to early detection, the study may also lead to early intervention breakthroughs in the degenerative brain disorder.

Hacking at UNC cancer center exposes personal data
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Two computer servers at UNC Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Cancer Center were hacked last spring, potentially exposing the personal data — including Social Security numbers — of more than 3,000 people. According to H. Shelton Earp III, the director of the center, the servers hosted software programs and stored files containing contracts and administrative forms such as grant applications, expense reimbursement forms, information about research studies and other personnel and administrative documents.

In collecting bills, UNC Health Care has powerful friends
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...Chris McClaughlin, an expert on local taxation at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill, called the law a hidden gem that allows government agencies to collect debts of $50 or more: unpaid property taxes, water and sewer bills, ambulance fees or any other assessment.

Man killed, UNC professors hurt in wreck
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A 23-year-old man was killed Friday night in a head-on collision on Erwin Road that also injured two UNC School of Medicine professors.

Genes Changes Seen in Alzheimer's Can Be Found in Infancy: Study
HealthDay News
Brain changes found in adults with certain gene variants linked to conditions including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and autism can also be spotted in brain scans done on newborns, a new study indicates. Researchers from the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine said these brain changes could open new avenues for research.

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