Nov. 4 - 8, 2013

National Coverage

U.S. girls keep hitting puberty earlier
Chicago Tribune
Girls are developing breasts at younger and younger ages, a new study confirms. And upward trends in childhood obesity seem to be playing a major role. The data come from a long-term study of more than 1,200 girls in and around San Francisco, Cincinnati and New York City. Where girls live, meat and dairy in their diets and family stress have also been tied to earlier development, Marcia Herman-Giddens wrote in a commentary on the report. She studies maternal and child health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sick student awaits life-saving bone marrow donation
USA Today
Sheldon Mba …was diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), an extremely rare blood disorder that breaks down red blood cells. …The only permanent solution to Mba's sicknesses is a bone marrow transplant… Due to a severe lack of minority donors within the registry, African-Americans only have a 66% chance of finding a match, as compared to Caucasian's 93% success rate, according to Be The Match. Now, Mba is a "sitting duck" desperately awaiting his life-saving "perfect match" to join the registry, says [his physician Philip] Roehrs, a pediatric hematologist oncologist at UNC Health Care.

Bodybuilding Boys Often Try Drugs and Alcohol, Study Finds
Teenaged boys who pump iron and pop steroids in hopes of improving their appearance may be at risk for binge drinking and drug abuse, a new study suggests…Dr. James Garbutt, a professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said one of the most intriguing aspects of the study is the idea of using males' preoccupation with muscularity as a parallel marker to females' preoccupation with thinness. 

State & Local Coverage

RTI, UNC join forces to change cancer care protocol
Triangle Business Journal
Researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will team up to work to develop valid and reliable measures of patient-centered communication in cancer care delivery settings.

The term “patient-centered” has been one of the buzz words to come out of changes from the Affordable Care Act as the American health care system tries to move from a system where doctors and nurses simply treat symptoms as they arise, to a way of treating each patient as a whole and hopefully reduce future trips to the hospital.

SAS partners with UNC School of Medicine to personalize diabetes care
Triangle Business Journal
Cary business analytics giant SAS has partnered with the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, joining forces on a multi-year collaboration intended to develop analytics-driven population health management capabilities.

Specifically, the hope is to personalize care for patients with Type 2 diabetes. In doing so, SAS will leverage one of its favorite talking points: Big data.

SAS is using an approach similar to how companies in other industries already aim to understand customer needs and behaviors. Data are already used to figure out what products customers want, whether it’s in retail or finance. And this application is no different.

McCrory administration proposes new mental health initiative
The McCrory administration said Thursday it would undertake a new effort to improve mental health care, in particular finding ways to divert the mentally ill from hospital emergency rooms and county jails to facilities where they can receive appropriate treatment.

…The news conference was at WakeBrook, the Wake County psychiatric facility operated by UNC Healthcare, which is regarded as state of the art in handling mental illness. Wake County EMS crews screen patients to determine whether they can be best served at a traditional hospital ER or whether they can be better helped in a psychiatric facility such as WakeBrook.

Pardee receives an ‘A’ for hospital safety
Blue Ridge Now
Pardee Hospital has again been recognized with an “A” grade in the fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates hospital safety based on outcomes from medical treatment.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The score is designed to give the public information about the level of medical safety for themselves and their families, Pardee officials said in a news release Wednesday.

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