July 1 - 5, 2013

National Coverage

Is obesity a disease? (Column)
The Washington Post
...A study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill followed up on the scant 25 hours of minimum nutrition education that the National Academy of Sciences established as the standard in the mid-1980s. In 2009 it found that medical students received an average of 19.6 contact hours of nutrition instruction during their medical school careers.

Future of Drug Development Focuses on Patient Experience – And Digital Health Tools Can Help
In the latest NEJM, UNC oncologist (and former MGH colleague) Ethan Basch explains with characteristic eloquence why the future of drug development will involve a more granular understanding of the patient’s experience of illness.

State and Local Coverage

Hillsborough hospital construction breaks new ground
The Daily Tar Heel
Hillsborough residents can now cut time and miles out of their visits to UNC Health Care facilities. UNC Hospitals has completed the first phase of construction on its new Hillsborough campus, located at 460 Waterstone Drive.

In Wake, steps to improve mental health Care [Opinion]
News & Observer
Starting Monday, responsibility for the care of nearly 2,000 people with mental health issues will be switched from the county’s Human Services Department to doctors and therapists at private agencies and UNC Health Care. About 500 of the most serious patients will be treated by UNC Health Care, which is assuming operation of WakeBrook psychiatric hospital, a county facility opened in 2011.

Wake County hands over mental health services starting Monday
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Midtown Raleigh News
RALEIGH — A major shift in Wake County mental health services takes place Monday, when nearly 2,000 patients will be handed off from the county’s Human Services Department to doctors and therapists at private agencies and UNC Health Care. The move is the latest step in a mental health overhaul effort that started in 2001, when the General Assembly aimed to trim costs by allowing private agencies to care for patients receiving services through Medicaid and other public funding sources.

Pardee Hospital Names Physician, Philanthropist of the Year
Hendersonville's Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital celebrated it's 60th anniversary Saturday night by recognizing two hospital leaders in a gala black-tie celebration on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.  Now affiliated with and under the management of UNC Health Care, Pardee Hospital began servng the local community as the "county" hospital in 1953 after being created by a handful of local physicians and community leaders to replace the community's first hospital, Patton Hospital.

Ask: What age is right for starting chores?
Triangle Mom2Mom
Q. What age is appropriate for children to start doing chores? What kinds of duties can they handle?
A. Asking children to help with things around the house is an absolute necessity of parenting. First of all, you are trying to build good work habits for your children. Secondly, you need help getting all these things done! While the idea of "chores" might evoke images of "Little House on the Prairie" and bringing water up from the well, in our modern world there are still lots of things around the house for which children can take responsibility. (Dr. Mike Steiner is a pediatrician in the division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at UNC and North Carolina Children’s Hospital, a group of health-care professionals dedicated to improving the health of children and adolescents through clinical care, research, education and advocacy.)

Refund cap could mean job cuts for Baptist
Winston-Salem Journal
The N.C. Senate on Tuesday approved the first vote on its tax-reform plan that would establish a cap on annual local and state tax refunds that nonprofits receive, beginning at $10.5 million in July 2014 and remaining at $2.85 million after July 2017. … Amy Auth, a spokeswoman for Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and President pro tem of the Senate, said the latest compromise tax reform plan allows “nearly every nonprofit – including rural hospitals and most colleges/universities – to collect a full refund of their sales tax.”… Berger said there is a separate provision to preserve UNC Hospitals’ tax-exempt status.

Residents reminded to be safe, avoid illegal fireworks
Sun Journal
… “It is really tragic that a day of celebration can be changed in an instant by the use of consumer fireworks,” said Dr. Bruce Cairns, M.D., a trauma surgeon at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill. “One of the major goals of the Jaycee Burn Center is to prevent burns from ever occurring in the first place. We support the fire service in encouraging families to enjoy a fireworks display provided by trained and licensed professionals.”

UNC’s new chancellor starts work Monday
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC Chancellor Carol Folt officially begins work today. Folt, the former interim president of Dartmouth College, was elected by the UNC Board of Governors in April to lead the state’s flagship university. A renowned environmental scientist, Folt spent 30 years in various faculty and administrative posts at the small private school in New Hampshire. Folt becomes the school’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to hold the university’s top post.

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UNC Chancellor Visits Raleigh On Day Two
WCHL-FM (Chapel Hill)
Dr. Carol Folt’s tenure as UNC Chancellor is just more than 24 hours old, and the former Ivy-League-College leader is heading to Raleigh to meet with state leaders. Chancellor Folt reportedly spent the first day in office assembling her cabinet and meeting with student and staff leaders. Tuesday, Chancellor Folt meets with Governor Pat McCrory and other legislative leaders after which she returns to campus to continue meeting with faculty and staff at UNC.

Officials warn about fireworks dangers with dramatic display
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
...“People will say, ‘Gosh, I thought this was going to be safe,’” said trauma surgeon Dr. Bruce Cairns. “We get to see the consequences of the times it doesn’t work.” Cairns works at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill. He said common sparklers and spinners are often the sources of burns, and the victims are usually children. He sees burns to the hands, face and eyes.

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Active summer tick season brings health risks for children
The Salisbury Post
Tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and others, pose a special health threat to children, particularly during the peak tick-activity months of June and July, said Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, child and family health consultant and adjunct professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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