Feb. 18 - 22, 2013

International News

Male soccer players more prone to hamstring strains
Reuters (Wire Service)
..."In terms of the muscle mechanics, I don't know if there is any gender difference there," Bing Yu, from the physical therapy division at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told Reuters Health. "But I know that probably females are more flexible. That means that during the same movement, the male may have a higher (chance of) muscle strain," said Yu, who has studied hamstring injuries but wasn't involved in the new research.

National News

Acupuncture helped allergies -- a little, study says
The Los Angeles Times
...”In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Remy Coeytaux of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Jongbae Park of the University of North Carolina said the study lends “compelling support to the effectiveness” of acupuncture for seasonal rhinitis. And that should lead to additional research in the role of acupuncture in our healthcare system.”

Rural teens at high risk for pregnancy, analysis finds
USA Today
...”What's behind the high rural teen birth rate? One factor is that even with all of the improvements in birth control methods, availability "lags far behind availability for teens living in urban and metro areas," says Julia De Clerque,​​ a research fellow and investigator at the University of North Carolina Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She was not involved in the study.”

The Whole Community Gets A Health Boost From HIV Treatment
"Morning Edition" National Public Radio
“Over the last few decades, one of the most perplexing questions in global health is how to stop HIV. ...Infectious disease specialist Dr. Myron Cohen at the University of North Carolina, who wasn't involved in this study, calls the findings "a home run." Cohen published a landmark report in 2011, showing that HIV treatment nearly eliminates the chance an infected person will transmit the virus to a partner.”

State and Local News

UNC students boogie non-stop for N.C. Children’s Hospital
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Dance marathon. Picture the old photographs of couples desperate for money, barely able to stand on their feet, hoping that they can outlast other couples on the floor and take home a cash prize. The UNC Dance Marathon? Not like that. Not like that at all. ... When the dance marathon started out in 1999, 75 dancers raised $40,000, and the money was used to help parents pay for parking, gas, and toiletries when they visited their children at the hospital, Ayotte said.

Related Links: http://www.heraldsun.com/opinion/x670454107/Unmet-goal-still-a-win-for-sick-kids


Medicaid expansion needed in North Carolina for many reasons (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The Charlotte Observer
From Adaora A. Adimora, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, professor of Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and vice chair of the HIV Medicine Association in Arlington, Va.: As a physician who cares for uninsured patients, I see a North Carolina decision to participate in the federally supported Medicaid expansion as an easy one. It’s a chance to keep my patients and our state healthier.

TBJ unveils Health Care Heroes Awards finalists
The Triangle Business Journal
Triangle Business Journal on Tuesday unveiled 29 finalists for its 2013 Health Care Heroes Awards. The finalists – doctors, nurses, volunteers and administrators – will be honored at an awards dinner on March 21 at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. A list of the honorees, individuals and organizations appears below. ...Dr. Carey Anders, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center...Charles Perou, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center...UNC Department of Family Medicine/Piedmont Health...Dr. John van Aalst, UNC Health Care

UNC researchers say baby brains could presage Alzheimer’s or other adulthood diseases
News & Observer
“The medial temporal lobe plays an important role in memory,” said Rebecca Knickmeyer, a UNC assistant professor of psychiatry and co-author of the research, published last month in Cerebral Cortex, an online journal. “The idea is that this is an anatomical vulnerability. If you start out with less, you might hit active symptoms earlier in life.”

Numbers at odds in Medicaid expansion debate
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Lawmakers are poised to deny health coverage to 500,000 people under a measure making its way through the N.C. General Assembly, but the rationale for the move remains hotly contested. ...Other experts pointed to a national study looking at the law’s effects in Wisconsin that put the so-called “crowd out” effect in that state at closer to 8 percent. “It’s conflicting; there’s not really a consensus,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the UNC School of Medicine.

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