March 25 - 29, 2013

International Coverage

Back manipulation may help relieve chronic pain
Reuters (Wire Service)
...One back pain researcher who wasn't involved in the new study said its findings are consistent with past reports on osteopathic and chiropractic treatments. "The consensus on most of those studies, I think, is that spinal manipulative therapy is better than no treatment and has a modest benefit over a period of time, but is not substantially better than other types of treatment including pain medications (and) exercise recommendations," said Dr. Timothy Carey, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

National Coverage

'A safe place': Group helps dads widowed by cancer
"Today" NBC
...But then he heard about a first-of-its-kind support group at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Run by psychiatrist Dr. Donald Rosenstein, the group helps men cope when they lose their wives to cancer. “Cancer is certainly amongst the leading causes of early parental loss in this country and around the world,” Rosenstein told TODAY.

Plagued by mystery strokes, little boy will 'never give up'
"Today Show" NBC
Caelon Arthur and his family are not giving up. At just 4 years old, the North Carolina boy has suffered so many strokes in his short life that his doctors have lost count. ...“Every test we’ve done to try to identify a cause of stroke has come up normal,” Dr. Tim Gershon, a pediatric neurologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said on TODAY Monday.

High Point Regional Merges With UNC Health Care
Becker’s Hospital Review
Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care announced it has completed its merger with High Point (N.C.) Regional Health System.

As part of the agreement, effective April 1, UNC will be the sole owner of the health system and pledge $150 million for capital improvements and $50 million for a new community health fund. The agreement includes no layoffs or changes in pay or benefits for employees for at least one year.

The 351-bed High Point Regional will keep its current name but change its logo and brand to reflect its UNC ownership, and its board members will rotate out and be replaced by UNC-approved members.

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State & Local Coverage

UNC Hospital Stay Could Be Four-Diamond Experience
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
Patients at UNC Hospitals will soon be able to dine bedside on four-diamond fare from Il Palio at the Siena Hotel. UNC's Nutrition and Food Services Director Angelo Mojica is teaming up with Adam Rose, executive chef at Il Palio, to feature some of the restaurant's gourmet cuisine. UNC's Mojica says this kind of thing has never been done before in health care. He's in the process of reaching out to other high-end eateries in the Triangle and says it's a win-win for participating restaurants and UNC Hospitals.

Roses and Raspberries (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill News
...Roses form the families, staff, and volunteers at Charles House to Mel Hurston, senior vice president, professional and support Services, UNC Health Care, Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead, director, Center for Aging and Health, UNC Health Care, and Dr. Phil Sloane, professor, UNC Department of Family Medicine, UNC Health Care, for each completing six years of dedicated service on the Charles House Board of Directors. Their commitment to improving the quality of eldercare in Orange County has resulted in an expansion of Charles House services to include Eldercare Homes, including a second Eldercare Home being constructed in the Winmore neighborhood, and plans for an expanded Eldercare Day program, and has strengthened Charles House’s partnership with UNC Health Care.

UNC researchers push for new health screening strategy WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers are leading the push for a new health screening strategy that would allow people to find out if they are at risk of a rare genetic mutation or preventable disease, such as colon or breast cancer. Dr. James Evans, director of UNC's Clinical Cancer Genetics program, says it's time that public health strategies include genetic testing for mutations in healthy adults. It could happen when they see their doctor for routine exams and blood tests.

How To Know If You Have An Eating Disorder
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM
...Cynthia Bulik, the director of the University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, has written a new book on the subject. It’s called, “Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery” (Walker & Company/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to Cynthia Bulik about eating disorders and who they affect.

Losing wives, raising kids: UNC support group helps widowed dads
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 men lose their wives to cancer each year in the U.S., leaving them widowed and taking care of their children alone, often with few places to turn for help. A program at the UNC Cancer Hospital is the first of its kind in the nation to reach out to the grieving fathers. Dr. Don Rosenstein, director of the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, started the Single Fathers Due to Cancer support group with his team two years ago after recognizing the challenges and lack of resources for single fathers whose wives had died.

UNC’s medical office nearly complete in Hillsborough
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
A new office building that will contain UNC Hospital clinics in Hillsborough is expected to be completed in July. The outside of the three-story physicians’ building is almost finished, along with parking lots, driveways and landscaping for the full facility, which eventually will include a 68-bed hospital.

Life Stories: Dr. Bill Cromartie had a vision for health care’s future
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

...He joined the faculty at the UNC School of Medicine in 1951 as the program went from two to four years and the North Carolina Memorial Hospital was opening. In the 1960s he helped begin a statewide community training system that sought to bring medical care to rural areas short on primary care physicians. It would become the foundation for North Carolina Area Health Education Centers system, his family said.

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