Vital Signs - March 11, 2010

Abused children more likely to suffer unexplained abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting
Children who have been abused psychologically, physically or sexually are more likely to suffer unexplained abdominal pain and nausea or vomiting than children who have not been abused, a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes.
UNC helps establish the first National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis
The agenda makes 10 recommendations designed to dramatically reduce the impact of osteoarthritis on Americans.
One-page questionnaire is effective screening tool for common psychiatric disorders
Results of the study, which was designed and led by UNC researchers, are published in the March/April 2010 issue of Annals of Family Medicine.
Deb awarded the 2010 American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation/William F. Keating, Esq. Endowment Award
The award provides one year of research support for outstanding cardiovascular scholars.
UNC Allergist Elected to National Board
David B. Peden, MD, MS, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Brain Attack Team established
The Brain Attack Team (BAT) began operation March 9. The BAT is a team that provides emergency assessment and care to inpatients showing signs of impending stroke.
New Policy Statement on Lactation in the Workplace
Please read this message from Dr. Pisano.
Hettleman Lectures to be given by Strahl, Sharpless Mar 26, 2010 from 02:00 PM to 04:30 PM Bondurant G100,
Chancellor Holden Thorp invites you to attend lectures by two of our most distinguished young scholars, winners of the 2009 Phillip & Ruth Hettleman Prizes For Artistic and Scholarly Achievement.
Celebrate 50 years of Carolina computing
Drs. Etta Pisano and Oliver Smithies will participate in a panel discussion about the impact and diversity of multidisciplinary uses of computing in academia today. President Emeritus William C. Friday, Chancellor Holden Thorp, and other special guests will also take part in the celebration.
Working Group for Surgical Health Services Research
Anyone at UNC interested in Surgical Health Services Research is welcome to join the group. The goal is to provide a collaborative forum for development and presentation of research that addresses surgical health services issues, such as disparities, access to and organization of care, comparative effectiveness, quality, etc.
Health Disparities Seminar Series - “Stroke-Related Disability: a Pilot Study of African-American Caregivers” Mar 19, 2010 from 01:00 PM to 02:15 PM Micheal Hooker Research Center, Room 1001,
Dr. Sharon Williams, Assistant Professor, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Department of Allied Health Sciences, will present the seminar.
NC BioStart Commercialization Webinar Series Incorporation and Founder's Stock
Incorporating a company is an important first step in starting a company. In addition to selecting the right corporate entity, deciding how to split the initial equity pool among founders is critical. The Webinar will be Monday, March 15 from noon - 1 p.m.
UNC Hospitals’ visitor restrictions remain in place
This is a reminder that children aged 12 years or under are not allowed to visit the inpatient units and waiting rooms of UNC Hospitals. UNC Hospitals is still seeing a great deal of patients with serious viral illnesses.
NC TraCS Lunch and Learn: How researchers and clinicians are collaborating at UNC to address unmet needs in breast cancer care Mar 12, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM Bioinformatics 1131,
Dr. Perou and Dr. Carey will talk about their ongoing collaboration at UNC to improve the molecular characterization of breast cancer subtypes with the goal of optimizing treatment options for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Sponsored by the Graduate Training Program in Translational Medicine.
NC BioStart $50K Commercialization Grant Program
The NC BioStart $50K Commercialization Grant Program provides funding and access to internal and external business experts to assist faculty-originated startup companies with the commercialization of concepts for novel therapeutic small molecules, biologics, diagnostics, or devices.
New Online Health Library
UNC Health Care has a new online health library where you can learn and help teach others about various health topics through articles and multimedia tools.
Cultivating Inner Peace
The UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program (CCSP), part of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the N.C. Cancer Hospital, is launching a new program, Cultivating Inner Peace, for persons with cancer or chronic illness.
Recovery Act Funds for Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative Available
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a funding opportunity for national public or private non-profit organizations to apply for $10 million in cooperative agreements to help communities decrease smoking and obesity, increase physical activity and improve nutrition. The application deadline is April 19.
UNC Purchasing Services Town Hall Meetings
UNC Purchasing Services would like to invite you to attend one of our 2010 town hall meetings. The topic will be: "The business model for the procurement of research and scientific supplies."
Policy Manual Update: March 2010
This month, the following policies have been updated: "Do Not Resuscitate Orders," "Portable Do Not Resuscitate Orders And Medical Orders For Scope Of Treatment" and "Important Message from Medicare."
APCF air-handler shutdown March 12-14 and 19-21
The heating/cooling air-handler serving basement through third floor of the Bedtower/Ambulatory Patient Care Facility (APCF) will be shut down over the weekends of March 12-14 and March 19-21.
Weight Watchers at N.C. Women's Hospital
Weight Watchers at Work at N.C. Women's Hospital is offering a new meeting time: Thursdays from 8:15 - 9 a.m. beginning March 18.
West Drive closed to through traffic March 12
Due to work on the Cardinal Deck, on Friday, March 12, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., West Drive will be completely closed to through traffic with the exception of permit holders accessing the Cardinal Deck. Motorists can access Mason Farm Road from Manning Drive via East Drive.
Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS March 19 - RSVP Requested
The fifth annual Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS presents an evening of performing arts to promote community involvement and benefit local and global AIDS charities. The dance festival will be held Friday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.