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June 28, 2010

UNC cancer center scores Hatchell gift
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/26/552147/unc-cancer-center-scores-hatchell.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
 A cancer scare a decade ago and a player's diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma are two of the reasons UNC's women's basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell announced a $50,000 donation Friday to the N.C. Cancer Hospital Pediatric Oncology Endowment Fund. Hatchell's recent gift tops her purchase 10 years ago of a 204-acre swath of land in eastern Buncombe County that includes a cabin and a patch of blueberry bushes, which are open to the public for picking at the request of a $5 mail-in donation per gallon to the UNC Linberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill.
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UNC group gets grant to fight HIV
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/26/552218/unc-group-gets-grant-to-fight.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
A team from the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases has received a $1.7 million federal grant to help curb the spread of HIV in North Carolina. The four-year study will assess a new test to diagnose acute HIV infection. AHI is the period between infection and detection of HIV antibodies and lasts up to 12 weeks. During this brief window of time, the virus replicates rapidly, and the probability of transmission is very high. "Identifying individuals with AHI could have a significant positive impact on the spread of the virus," Dr. Peter Leone, co-principal investigator, said in a news release.

Schools make no headway in fight against fat
http://www.newsobserver.com/2010/06/28/554932/schools-make-no-headway-in-fight.html
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Middle school students targeted with an intensive effort to reduce obesity did no better at losing weight than their peers in schools without special programs, researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and elsewhere report. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, involved a three-year campaign at 42 schools around the country, including six in North Carolina. It was aimed primarily at cutting the proportion of middle school children who are overweight or obese.

 

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