March 4 - 8, 2013

International Coverage

AIDS cure long way off despite success with HIV infected baby
The Star (Toronto, Canada)
When scientists announced that an HIV-infected baby in Mississippi has been effectively cleared of the virus, they touched off a global wave of excitement that has people burbling about a cure. But for Dr. David Margolis, an HIV expert and professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, this unbridled enthusiasm over a “cure” has been somewhat unsettling.

New mums prone to OCD – research
The New Zealand Herald
..."Most mothers are going to experience some degree of increased worry and vulnerability because of the profound experience of being responsible for another creature for the first time,'' said assistant professor of maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina, Dr Samantha Meltzer-Brody told the Huffington Post.

National Coverage

What surgeons leave behind costs some patients dearly
USA Today
...When hospital officials at University of North Carolina Health Care decided on a radio-frequency detection system for surgical sponges, the big hurdle was costs — and the way they're calculated. "We had to find savings to offset the expense," says Susan Phillips, UNC Health's vice president of perioperative services.

New Programs
Inside Higher Ed
...University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is starting a doctor of nursing practice program.

Regional Coverage

Cuddle therapy may have health benefits
KGO-TV (ABC/San Francisco, Calif.)
Scientific research shows that a good hug can be a great benefit and it may not make any difference whether the hug comes from a friend or a stranger. ...And researchers from the University of North Carolina found that couples who hugged for prolonged periods, had higher levels of oxytocin -- the so called "cuddle hormone." Oxytocin creates feelings of calmness, eases depression, and reduces stress.

State & Local Coverage

Bringing in dollars is at bottom line of research programs
The Triangle Business Journal
... The team began looking for a new academic home for their program in 2011 and Chapel Hill was attractive because of UNC-CH’s Dr. Myron Cohen and his work in drastically reducing HIV transmission. Also attractive was a long-standing UNC-CH project in Malawi, a neighbor to Zambia. The recruitment effort brought 13 new faculty members to the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and resulted in the creation of the UNC Global Women’s Health Division.

UNC doctors save lives in Africa
WTVD-TV (ABC/Raleigh)
A program at UNC Chapel Hill has UNC doctors saving lives in Africa -- in Zambia and Malawi. The group of physicians is making a difference by caring for women who do not have access to medical care and by training healthcare providers. "There's a lot of disease, a lot of bad things and a lot of sick people and what we try to do is bring what we know about medicine here at UNC to Malawi and Zambia," Dr. Jeff Stringer with UNC Global Women's Health said.

Jump on the purple bus, spur lupus funding and research
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...“It is a mystery disease,” said Dr. Keisha Gibson, a pediatric nephrologist at UNC. “I think of lupus as being like the ultimate betrayal of the body. It can affect many different organ systems – it can manifest in many different ways.” The new bus, with interactive video displays and magical mirrors, helps unravel the mystery of lupus.

McCrory signs bill blocking Medicaid expansion
News & Observer
“In the short run, it means hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians will remain uninsured, and they are not going to get adequate medical care,” said Jonathan Oberlander, a health policy professor at the UNC School of Medicine. “Research shows it makes significant health difference for people who get coverage. ... There is mounting evidence that it saves lives.”

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