Nov. 25 – 29, 2013

National Coverage

HPV Associated with Increased Risk of HIV Infection in Men
Infection Control Today (website)
A study of 2,519 Kenyan men conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) was associated with a higher subsequent risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to AIDS.

Ultrasound, Nanoparticles May Help Diabetics Avoid the Needle
Science Blog
A new nanotechnology-based technique for regulating blood sugar in diabetics may give patients the ability to release insulin painlessly using a small ultrasound device, allowing them to go days between injections – rather than using needles to give themselves multiple insulin injections each day. The technique was developed by researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Supporting Others Brings Healing to Cancer Survivors
Science Daily (website)
A new study finds that survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant, an aggressive treatment for blood cancers, benefited from a two-part peer support process the authors call expressive helping. …Christine Rini, PhD, research associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, led the study.

State & Local Coverage

How Wall Street is helping UNC Health’s finances
Triangle Business Journal
Lower than expected discharges from the hospital contributed to a first quarter in which UNC Health Care did not meet its budgeted financial targets.Net operating revenue came in about $23.8 million lower than budgeted, but expenses were only about $10.3 million less than expected leading to an operating income of $2.3 million, or $13.6 million less than budgeted.

Cancer survivor thankful to have family together for Thanksgiving
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
Stella Waugh’s Thanksgiving will include a spread of pies and sweet potato casserole, a house filled with about 20 people, long walks with the dogs and a football game. Three years ago, Waugh … visited her gynecologist, thinking something wasn’t right. When she was referred to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, she was diagnosed. [Waugh is a survivor of endometrial carcinoma and received treatment at Lineberger.]

UNC nurses get feel for preemies' stress
WRAL-TV (Raleigh)
Nurses in the University of North Carolina Hospitals neonatal intensive care unit got a different perspective on their job Friday. They engaged in exercises designed to give them a sense of what their patients, many of them premature babies, experience in their first difficult days of life.

UNC School of Nursing offers new degree program
News14 (cable TV news; statewide)
At a time when our healthcare industry is changing at a rapid pace, UNC is making strides to keep its nursing program competitive. A new doctorate program is bringing students up to speed with the demands of the healthcare industry.

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