July 29 - Aug. 2, 2013

International Coverage:

Print, web aids help men decide on cancer screening
Reuters (Wire Service)
…Dr. Daniel Reuland from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who co-wrote a commentary published with the study, said it's not obvious the information men took away from the aids helped them make informed decisions about screening. "I don't think it's clear from the study whether the knowledge that they gained and retained, how clinically important it is and whether it's sufficient to counteract known biases," he told Reuters Health.


Human cells respond to different kinds of happiness
The Canadian (Toronto)
Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal, responding in ways that can help or hinder physical health, according to new research led by Barbara L. Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. …Fredrickson collaborated with Karen M. Grewen, associate professor of psychiatry in UNC’s School of Medicine; and Kimberly A. Coffey, research assistant professor, and Sara B. Algoe, assistant professor, both of psychology, in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.


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National Coverage:

More padding the issue of concussions and better helmets
USA Today

…At the June annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, University of North Carolina concussion researcher Kevin Guskiewicz told attendees said there is no such thing as a concussion-proof helmet. He said while Helmets prevent fractured skulls, he said, but the brain is still "sloshing around" after a hit. "So those neurons are still being stretched," Guskiewicz said, "86 billion neurons that we have in the human brain. ... There are no studies ... to show that in fact these devices (extra helmet padding) reduce concussion."


Kids With Autism Benefit From Early Intervention, Regardless of Method
HeathDay News

For parents of preschoolers with autism, finding a classroom program for their child may have just gotten a little easier. A new study has found that it's the quality of a teaching program -- not the model of instruction -- that seems to be most important to a student's success. That means parents shouldn't fret when the local or available program is not a particular type, as long as it is considered good, said Samuel Odom, a co-author of the study and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Midlife eating disorders
"Sunrise" (Australia)

Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Cynthia Bulik talks about her new book which looks at why midlife eating disorders are being untreated.


Note: This interview was conducted live from the Carolina News Studio.

State and Local Coverage:

Triangle universities awarded $2B in research funding
Triangle Business Journal

Top-line research funding totals are in for area universities, and Duke led the way with the most in overall funding, followed by UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. University research departments will break out research funding in various ways, but in terms of total funding, those three universities were awarded more than $2 billion in the 2012-13 school year.


News Release: http://uncnews.unc.edu/content/view/6139/68/

Moo-ving day at UNC Hospitals
The Chapel Hill News

We’re very close with these cows,” mover Amiel Elbitar said as he corralled a 150-pound fiberglass cow into place this week. Elbitar, an employee with Quick Moves Moving Co. of Durham, helped deliver five cows to UNC Hospitals, where they will be displayed for at least a year. The cows are among 20 cows donated back after being auctioned as part of CowParade North Carolina, an art exhibition that auctioned 79 painted, bejeweled and costumed cows and raised $300,000 for the N.C. Children’s Hospital, part of the UNC Hospitals complex.


UNC Health Care shared recipe for carrot-ginger dipping sauce
The News & Observer

…Angelo Mojica, director of Nutrition & Food Services at UNC Hospitals, was happy to share the recipe. Mojica has transformed UNC Hospitals’ food service since he started his job seven years ago. He developed a restaurant model of service, which allows patients to order off the menus at more than 20 eateries throughout the five hospitals. (To read more about that transformation, read our story from last year at http://goo.gl/qMJ21.)


WakeMed faces first financial loss in years
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the Triangle’s largest employers, is facing its first potential financial loss in years at a time that hospitals statewide are scrambling to rein in costs, reduce new hires and in some cases lay off workers. …“We face downward pressure on our finances from every direction, including private insurers, federal government and state government,” said William Roper, CEO of UNC Health Care, which includes Rex Healthcare in Raleigh. “We are being asked to do more with less, and we will.”


Komen awards $3.6 million in grants for Duke and UNC breast cancer research
The Herald Sun

Duke University’s Dr. Donald McDonnell has received his first Komen breast cancer research grant, which will provide nearly $1 million in funding for his team’s brand-new research that targets tumors. Komen, the nonprofit that has spurred a worldwide breast cancer movement and that funds research and community health outreach, announced Thursday that it will provide $3.6 million in research funding to 10 programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

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