March 18 - 22, 2013


Future scientists showcase projects at London Health Research Day
CTV News (Canada)
About 350 students and trainees are showing off their research in the second annual London Health Research Day at the London Convention Centre on Tuesday. ...Organizers are expecting a better day this year thanks to a $75,000 donation from the Bernard & Norton Wolf Family Foundation to attract high-calibre speakers. One of the speakers is an international expert in pharmacology, Dr. Terry Kenakin of the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine.


French Study Indicates Some Patients Can Control H.I.V. After Stopping Treatment
The New York Times
French researchers have identified 14 adults who have been able to control their H.I.V. infection for years after stopping treatment with antiviral drugs, a finding that suggests that some patients might be able to achieve a so-called functional cure. ...“These people are not cured, but they have some advantages that would be good to understand,” said Dr. Myron S. Cohen of the University of North Carolina.


How did this woman die in nursing home shower?
The Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.)
...Philip D. Sloane, a medical professor at the University of North Carolina, cautioned against judging a facility based on one questionable death. Sloane, who has helped lead a national movement against forcing nursing home residents to take showers against their will, said long-term care facilities are "full of well-intentioned, hard-working people who toil under very difficult circumstances, often with inadequate training and resources, in service of a population that under the best care is still going to have bad things happen."

State & Local

UNC Growth Report: More Hospital Beds, But Not More Student Housing
WCHL-FM (Chapel Hill)

While officials from UNC told the Chapel Hill Town Council last week that they anticipate limited growth in student enrollment, UNC Health Care administrators say the hospital system continues to grow. In a semi-annual development report to the council, Anna Wu, UNC’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Facilities, Planning and Construction, said the university is in the process of constructing a dozen capital investment projects totaling $505 million.

Study: Community approach effective in fighting diabetes
The Winston-Salem Journal
A hands-on approach to diabetes prevention enabled local overweight or obese residents do a better job with losing and keeping off extra weight, according to a Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center study. ...“It is a major advance,” said John Buse of UNC Chapel Hill, a leading diabetes expert who had no role in the studies. Buse said he often recommends surgery to patients who are obese and cannot control their blood sugar through medications, but many are leery of it.

UNC School of Medicine ranked No. 1 for primary care
The Daily Tar Heel
A top national ranking for the UNC School of Medicine means more than prestige to its leaders — it means a continued commitment to treating North Carolina’s patients.

The school was ranked No. 1 for primary care by U.S. News & World Report this year for the first time, the school announced on March 12.

Dr. Bill Roper, dean of the School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health Care, said the ranking — featured in the magazine’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2014 issue — is a great achievement, and primary care has continuously been a strong part of the school’s program.

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