Vital Signs - June 5, 2009

VIDEO: Can you hear me now?
Each morning, for years, Stephanie Sjoblad’s two boys would run into her bedroom, grab her hearing aids off the nightstand, and hand them to her. “They knew mommy needs those in order to communicate with us,” she said.
VIDEO: Autism drug citalopram is ineffective, causes significant side effects
A drug commonly given to autistic children to reduce repetitive behaviors is ineffective compared to placebo and, in some children, may actually increase repetitive behaviors, as found by the largest study of autistic children to date.
Drug industry marketing direct to consumers and doctors may lead to prescription overuse
Prescription drugs are heavily promoted to health care providers worldwide. But in only two countries, the U.S. and New Zealand, prescription drugs are also strongly promoted directly to consumers.
'Eating for two' has consequences for mom and baby
A new study from UNC finds that women who eat an extra 500 calories a day during pregnancy increase their risk of gaining too much weight by 10 percent. Gaining too much weight is linked with complications at birth, such as pre-eclampsia or requiring a C-section, as well as higher odds that both mom and child will be obese later in life.
How to enjoy a safe cook-out
Now that the weather is warmer, it’s time to fire up the grill. However, before you put on that first piece of meat please take note of a few precautions.
H1N1 Flu Update
This is a brief update of the evolving discovery of novel H1N1 influenza. We have had a probable case of novel influenza H1N1 at UNC Health Care. This case was evaluated in the Emergency Department and then discharged. Health care workers who did not wear appropriate PPE were offered prophylaxis.
Invitation to the Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society Meeting lectures
J. David Richardson, MD, will present "Surgery and the Balanced Life,"and William P. Schecter, MD, will present, "A Passion for Medicine."
Ridge Road closed to through traffic during NCAA Regionals
UNC’s baseball team is proudly hosting an NCAA Regional June 6 - 8 at Boshamer Stadium. To accommodate this event, a portion of Ridge Road will be closed to through traffic from Saturday, June 6 - Monday, June 8.
Facilities Services Survey
The survey may be accessed at:
Updates from UNC Hospitals' Nutrition and Food Services
Nutrition and Food Services is excited to provide updates on construction of the Overlook Cafe (formerly the Carolina Chicken Company/Wendy's), Terrace Cafe renovations, and the NFS Culinary Herb Garden.
Construction outside Old Clinic Building
From May 26 - July 21, there will be outdoor construction activity on the north side of the Old Clinic Building.
Captains and walkers needed for Komen Race for the Cure
This year’s event will be held Saturday, June 13 at Meredith College, Raleigh.
Ransom Street blocked to through traffic
Both lanes of the block of Ransom Street between Patterson Place and McCauley Street are closed until Nov. 1, as work continues on the replacement of the steam tunnel serving the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
NC TraCS Institute Walk-In and By Appointment clinics
New Regulatory Consultations and Protocol Guidance Consultations are now available
Identifying Funding Sources Workshop for Faculty in Health Affairs Jun 23, 2009 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM 307 Health Sciences Library (computer lab),
The GrantSource Library invites Health Affairs faculty to a hands-on workshop on identifying funding sources for your research, programs, and other scholarly endeavors.
The 2009 George Ham Symposium for Psychiatry Jun 06, 2009 from 07:30 AM to 01:30 PM Friday Center for Continuing Education,
Hosted by the UNC Department of Psychiatry on June 6 at the Friday Center for Continuing Education.
Semi-Annual Medical Staff Meeting Jun 10, 2009 from 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM 4th floor Old Clinic Auditorium,
The meeting will be held June 10
"Heart Failure Management: Established Therapy and New Frontiers"
The Division of Cardiology Heart Failure Program will present this course from July 16-19 at the Amelia Conference Center in Amelia Island, Florida.