Sept. 9 - 13, 2013

National Coverage

UNC research points to promising treatment for macular degeneration
Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine today published new findings in the hunt for a better treatment for macular degeneration. In studies using mice, a class of drugs known as MDM2 inhibitors proved highly effective at regressing the abnormal blood vessels responsible for the vision loss associated with the disease.

African-American Study Identifies Four Common Genetic Variants Associated with Blood Pressure
…a landmark study that has discovered four novel gene variations associated with blood pressure. The 19-site meta-analysis, involving nearly 30,000 African-Americans, also found that the set of genetic mutations are also associated with blood pressure across other populations. “We anticipated that individuals of African ancestry share similar biology to other populations. …” said Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, nephrologist and research assistant professor of epidemiology at  the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and first author on the paper.

State & Local Coverage

Eastern NC hospital to close after Medicaid expansion fails
The Daily Tar Heel
…Jonathan Oberlander, a UNC public health professor, said the small difference in costs shows that McCrory’s decision to reject Medicaid was largely political. Oberlander said it will hurt the health care industry to see an influx of uninsured patients. But James said UNC Health Care is committed to preserving health care accessibility.

UNC Hospitals charts $143M expansion
Triangle Business Journal
UNC Health Care is in the very early stages of planning a $143 million project to build a new perioperative building at UNC Hospitals. The new facility would be 145,000 square feet and include new operating rooms and all affiliated support functions. It would also include a five-bed expansion.

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