Sept. 2 - 6, 2013

International Coverage

Moderate 5 hours a week exercise doesn't up risk of knee osteoarthritis
Hong Kong Herald (ANI)
Engaging in moderate physical activity up to two and a half hours a week does not increase the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis over a 6-year follow-up period in adults age 45 and older, a new study has revealed. … Joanne Jordan, MD, MPH, senior study author and director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center in the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said that moderate physical activities are those that produce some increase in heart rate or breathing, like rapid walking.

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Soon, pill to prevent heart attacks
Deccan Chronicle (India)
Researchers have uncovered a key platelet protein that may offer a new angle for developing drugs to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Lead study author Stephen Holly, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, said that I think we're at the start of an exciting journey of drug discovery for a new class of antithrombotic therapies.

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National Coverage

Many Hispanics Don't Check for Skin Cancer: Study
A new study finds that more than three out of four Hispanics may fail to examine their skin regularly for signs of cancer. "We know that the rates of melanoma, one of the deadliest skin cancers, are on the rise globally, and in the United States Hispanics and African-Americans often present to physicians with more advanced cases of the cancer," Dr. Aida Lugo-Somolinos, a professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said…

Regional Coverage

Osteoarthritis not just for the aging

Pocono Record (Pennsylvania)

Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affects 27 million Americans. Your grandparents' generation accepted OA as an inevitable condition of aging, but new research is changing how doctors look at the disease. ….Osteoarthritis probably involves more than one gene with susceptibility to environmental and genetic factors, said Dr. Joanne Jordan, an arthritis researcher at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

State & Local Coverage

Despite Obamacare, most Triangle hospitals profiting
Triangle Business Journal (blog)
When taken together, the Triangle’s four biggest hospitals had a very healthy year financially. Combined, they posted operating income of $267 million and net income of $569 million, according to preliminary financial reports. On the whole, figures are roughly comparable with last year, but each hospital performed very differently from the previous year. Consider UNC Hospitals. Two years ago it posted an operating loss of $58 million, whereas last year it posted operating income of $65 million, a $123 million swing. Conversely, the Duke University Health System saw operating income decrease from $256 million in 2012, to $184 million in 2013.

A house is a home for cancer families
The Daily Tar Heel
“For a lot of people, it is much harder, which is why we want to help them out,” he said. “Most patients receive treatment every day for several weeks or even several months, but they don’t have a place to stay at night.”

To help other families out, the Hermans established a two-bedroom, two-bathroom town house for families of children receiving treatment for pediatric brain cancer at UNC Hospitals.

The Super ReCOOPERation House opened last week in Southern Village in honor of Cooper, who has received radiation three times and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at UNC Hospitals.

Johnston Health has started on its $50 million expansion project.
Triangle Business Journal
Johnston Health will break ground on its $50 million expansion project in Clayton this morning, a project that will move 50 inpatient beds to the facility and could improve the hospital’s financial performance. …In projections submitted to state regulators, JMC-Clayton would add $22 million of net patient revenue just from inpatient services. …Those projections were made before Johnston Health announced it would negotiate a partnership with UNC Health Care.

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