May 20 - 24, 2013

International Coverage

Calls for overhaul of eating disorder treatment
"AM with Tony Eastley" Australian Broadcast Corporation News (Australia)
...It's the first of its kind in Australia and will feature keynote speakers like Cynthia Bulik - a distinguished professor of eating disorders at the University of North Carolina. She says researchers in the United States have found shutting families out of treatment is the wrong approach. CYNTHIA BULIK: I think the biggest problem in the past was really parent blaming. So it wasn't until we realised that parents weren't the problem, but they were actually part of the solution that things really turned around. So now I think having parents and partners on board really gives patients a much better chance of coming to a quick and complete recovery.

Endometriosis more common in lean women: study,0,822161.story
Reuters (Wire Service)
...Dr. Steven Young, who has studied and treated endometriosis at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that many studies - and his own clinical experience - suggest the risk is indeed higher in lean women. "The biggest confusion is, the diagnosis is difficult and (endometriosis) requires surgery for a definitive diagnosis," said Young, who wasn't involved in the new research.

Pricey radiation no better post prostatectomy: study,0,251860.story
Reuters (Wire Service)
Men who get an older and less costly form of radiation after their cancerous prostates are removed fare just as well as men who get a new and expensive type of radiation, according to a new study. "What we demonstrate is that both (therapies) are very safe and effective after prostatectomy, and patients should feel very confident receiving either technology," said Dr. Ronald Chen, the study's senior author from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

National Coverage

New study questions the value of bed rest in preventing premature birth
The Washington Post
New research is raising fresh concern that an age-old treatment for troubled pregnancies — bed rest — doesn’t seem to prevent premature birth and might even worsen that risk. ...In a separate review of past studies that failed to support bed rest, a trio of obstetricians and ethicists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill went further: They said it’s not ethical to prescribe bed rest unless the woman is enrolled in a research study

Regional Coverage

Savannah native Dr. Bonzo K. Reddick addresses UNC medical school commencement
The Savannah Morning News (Georgia)
Savannah native Dr. Bonzo K. Reddick recently delivered the commencement speech to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. The class has special significance for Reddick since it’s graduating class  selected him to talk to the last class of first-year medical students he taught at the medical school before relocating.

State & Local Coverage

UNC Health Care board approves FY 2014 budget
Durham Herald Sun
Driven by spending on a new electronic record system, UNC Health Care system officials are budgeting for an operating loss of $18 million in fiscal year 2014, but they still plan to post a positive bottom line.

The system’s Board of Directors voted to approve the system’s budget on Monday for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. System officials expect to see net operating revenue of $2.492 billion and total operating expenses of $2.51 billion, for a net operating loss of $18 million in the fiscal year.

CASTLE Center offers help to children with hearing problems
WRAL-TV (CBS/Raleigh)
...When hearing aids and special teaching didn't help, his parents took him to the Carolyn J. Brown Center for the Acquisition of Spoken Language Through Listening Enrichment (CASTLE), part of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Director Hannah Eskridge said Parker's audiologist was not experienced enough in pediatrics. CASTLE, she said, specializes in hearing aids, FM technology and cochlear implants.

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